Tuesday, November 25, 2008

This Day in History

If you've ever used a public library, chances are you've seen a portrait of this man hanging on the wall. Today is the birth anniversary (1835) of this famous businessman, Andrew Carnegie.

Carnegie made his fortune in the steel industry and had a huge impact on society. In his later years, after selling his business, he became a philanthropist, donating a large portion of his fortune to help libraries, schools and other educational institutions. He helped build over 2,500 libraries, giving away over $56 million.

Public libraries wouldn't be where they are today without the aid of Andrew Carnegie, so celebrate his important contributions by borrowing some Library materials about this fascinating man's life:

Andrew Carnegie and the Age of Steel
by the History Channel
HD 9520 .C3 A52 2005 (DVD) Media Tower

Giants of Enterprise: Seven Business Innovators and the Empires They Built

by Richard Tedlow
HC 102.5 .A2 T43 2001 Stacks

Andrew Carnegie
by Joseph Frazier Wall
CT 275 .C3 W33 Stacks

The World of Andrew Carnegie: 1865-1901
by Louis Morton Hacker
HC 105 .H13 Stacks

Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie
by Andrew Carnegie
CT 275 .C3 A3 Stacks

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