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Hanford’s Carnegie Museum May Be On The Line After City Issues List Of Repairs

Steel tycoon and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie built libraries all over the U.S. with at least 14 of them in the Central Valley. Today, only a handful of those original buildings remain. One of them is in Hanford. There’s now a museum inside, but its future may be at risk. Last week, the city issued the Hanford Carnegie Museum board president a letter . It listed 18 things that needed to be repaired or maintained; most of them within ten days. If not, the city has the right to evict the board and museum from the century-old building. “It kills me to think that we might lose this,” says Patricia Dickerson, general manager of the museum. “It’s a magnificent building; we’ve got the Romanesque architecture.” She gestures to the building’s high ceilings and then shows me a glimpse of what life was like more than a century ago when the library first opened in 1906. Behind one window is a mannequin dressed as Miss Alice Hall, one of the city’s early librarians. She sits beside books original

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