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Magness Library Turns 100!

Rotarians Lead The Way in Celebrating...
Wonderful Celebration... Including Many Rotarians

Recently McMinnville’s Rotary Clubs (Breakfast & Noon) joined together to become an integral part of a momentous celebration at the Magness Community House & Library. The library, in the heart of historic downtown McMinnville, observed its 100th anniversary with Rotarians leading the way. Noon Rotarian, Bill Zechman moderated the event, while Breakfast Rotarian and Library Board Chair, Pat Bigbee hosted state and local dignitaries. It truly was a cause for celebration, as very few, if any, rural Tennessee libraries have offered 100 years of continuous service. The event was marked by guest speakers and memorial / honorary dedications. The library is steeped in history. Several programs discussed the diligence and perseverance of Mrs. Mary Cunningham and how she brought her dream to life, public restrooms and a library for McMinnville and Warren County. Mrs. Cunningham was able to obtain an ally through Mr. William Magness both financially and politically. A bequest from Mr. Magness allowed the modern building to be built. Today, this wonderful edifice stands as a tribute to both Mr. Magness and Mrs. Cunningham whose ideas and vision made it all possible. Their vision lives on through the dedication to educate our children and provide a haven of learning for the citizens of McMinnville and Warren County. This is made evident by the countless hours spent by Rotarians in service to the community and the Wm. H. & Edgar J. Magness Community House & Library.


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