When I was six years old, I remember walking up the sidewalk to my local library in Solvay, New York and seeing this huge building, and a strange name I couldn’t pronounce. Carnegie. Andrew Carnegie.
After a little research recently, I found out that the Carnegie Foundation along with Solvay Process Company had built the library in 1905. From 1883 to 1929, the Carnegie Foundation funded the construction of over 2,500 libraries.
As a kid, my first impression of Andrew Carnegie was this great man who brought this wonderful library to me and, as it turns out, to six generations of people in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. That’s phenomenal if you think about it.