Andrew Carnegie and the importance personal enrichment


The Homestead Library, outside Pittsburgh, still in use today, was a gift to the people of the Steel Valley from Andrew Carnegie. It housed “Workingman’s Clubs, with gymnasiums bowling alleys, swimming pools, night school rooms, kindergartens, and assembly halls. “The building has rightfully in the center as the focus ‘The Library’ - Music Hall upon the right and the Workings Man’s Club upon the left. These three foundations from which healing waters are to flow for the Instruction, Entertainment and Happiness of the people,” Carnegie wrote. “Recreation of the working man has an important bearing upon his character and development as his hours of work.”

Below are some archival programs from the library, which hosted evening classes in English, commercial bookkeeping, and mechanical drawing, and more.