174th Annual Meeting

Portrait, Alphonso Taft

Following a stimulating tea, Mercantile Library members enjoyed Orloff G. Miller’s lecture elucidating Alphonso Taft’s supporting role to the Association–an intricate portrait of a multi-faceted “Man of Letters, Man of Service”. Mr. Miller illustrated the remarkable continuity of spirit that Taft helped to set in place along with the Library’s physical habitations–a spirit of self-improvement and of community involvement that evolved rapidly from a “business-oriented clearinghouse . . . ” into a library that “began providing access to materials necessary to the nineteenth century ideal of well-rounded, well-read cultivation.”  Here at the Library, this nineteenth century ideal persists and continues to be built upon.   -Ed Scripsi

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  1. Totally enjoyed the lecture! Thank you.

  2. I missed it, folks. Sorry. I was a bit distracted last week due to being exceedingly busy at work and then being laid off for my troubles.

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