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Sunday, July 17, 2011

NSSAR Library, Louisville, Kentucky


National Society

Sons of the American Revolution

Library in Louisville, KY

(Open on Saturdays until Labor Day)
Just a couple hours drive from Evansville is the new site of the library (pictured above) for the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR). It is very beautiful and well organized. It is located across the street from the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory with the super giant-sized baseball bat leaning against the museum five-story building. Becky & I was visiting the museum (yesterday - Saturday) and noticed that the library was just across the street (I had planned on taking a close look at it later). After our museum tour, we planned on walking to the Hard Rock Cafe for a late lunch... so we crossed the street to look through the windows. The sign said it was open on Mon. - Sat. 9:30 AM to 4:30PM and it was only 4:27PM! We opened the door and apologised for coming by so late, but just wanted to take a peek. The receptionist was so very nice and told us to go into the library. Mr. Michael A. Christian, MLS is the Head Librarian who insisted on us taking a good look at the Library despite the fact they were now closed. I took the above photo to show off this library collection of over 70,000 (non-circulating) volumes. The collection is available for on-premises study at no cost to SAR, DAR, CAR & SR members and to the public (for a nominal charge). In 1958, Librarian General Robert S. Walker defined appropriate & acceptable library material to that which was "exclusively genealogical, historical (Revolutionary period or thereabouts), biographical, and town, county or state histories." Visit the NSSAR Library Online which is currently undergoing reconstruction!

The above spectacular scuptured piece "Cornerstone of Freedom" was donated by Retired Colonel Dr. Rex Legler, II & wife, April. Rex is a member of my Ohio Valley SAR Chapter. I took a photo of the plaques, but it did not come out. The "Cornerstone of Freedom" stands just inside the door into the reception area of the library.

-Photos taken & submitted by JGWest. - Article compiled by JGWest

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