Carnegie Center for Art & History

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Carnegie Center for Art & History
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Carnegie Center
Carnegie Center for Art & History is located in Indiana
Carnegie Center for Art & History
Carnegie Center for Art & History is located in the United States
Carnegie Center for Art & History
LocationNew Albany, Indiana
Coordinates38°17′12″N 85°49′19″W / 38.2867°N 85.8219°W / 38.2867; -85.8219Coordinates: 38°17′12″N 85°49′19″W / 38.2867°N 85.8219°W / 38.2867; -85.8219
ArchitectClarke & Loomis
Architectural styleNeoclassical Revival
Part ofNew Albany Downtown Historic District (#99001074)
Added to NRHPSeptember 3, 1999[1]

The Carnegie Center for Art & History, within the Downtown Historic District of New Albany, Indiana, is a contemporary art gallery and local history museum. The building was initially built as a Carnegie Library, first opened on March 2, 1904, with 11,125 total books. It is of Beaux-Arts architecture style. It was used as a library until 1969, when the new New Albany-Floyd County Public Library was built. After a 1.2 million dollar renovation in 1998, the name was changed to the Carnegie Center for Art & History to better reflect its mission and library heritage. In 2015, total attendance was 26,690 and Carnegie Center staff presented 107 programs to participants of all ages. The Carnegie Center has a full-time staff of four employees, which includes a Director, Curator, Coordinator of Public Programming and Outreach and First Impression Receptionist and a part-time maintenance person. Three part-time trained volunteers come in weekly to manage a collection of over 5,000 objects. All exhibits and programs are offered free of charge to the public.

In addition to changing exhibits of contemporary art, the Carnegie Center has two permanent exhibitions. The first is entitled "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage: Men and Women of the Underground Railroad," which includes an interactive multimedia program. The exhibit's brochure states: "This unique exhibit draws the national phenomenon of the Underground Railroad into sharp focus by revealing the contributions of ordinary people from New Albany and Southern Indiana, whose courageous acts helped overthrow the institution of slavery." The second permanent exhibit is entitled "Remembered: The Life of Lucy Higgs Nichols".

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.