Dimmick Memorial Library

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Dimmick Memorial Library
Dimmick Memorial Library Jim Thorpe PA 1889 (cropped).jpg
Dimmick Memorial Library after the December 13, 1979 fire.
CountryUnited States
Coordinates40°51′50″N 75°44′22″W / 40.86388°N 75.73947°W / 40.86388; -75.73947Coordinates: 40°51′50″N 75°44′22″W / 40.86388°N 75.73947°W / 40.86388; -75.73947

The Dimmick Memorial Library is a public library in the Old Mauch Chunk Historic District of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, in the United States.[1][2]

The library was established in October 1, 1890, with the financial support of Milton Dimmick, a civil engineer and son of prominent attorney Milo Dimmick who had settled in the community. The library was nearly destroyed by fire on December 13, 1979.[3] It was later rebuilt by the local government, with the assistance of fundraising from people all over the world. Once it was rebuilt, there was an extended room built onto the back of the old Victorian rotunda area, which is presently a children's room. Today it is still in use and updated, and many of the local historical documents which were saved in the safe room can still be viewed with permission. Along with this, the local bird collection of the old children's room, the old newspapers which were put on microfilm and later being put to data file, and the stone and metal sundial that was in the courtyard were also saved. The library can still be found on the list of local historic registries of Old Mauch Chunk, which is the present-day town of Jim Thorpe.[4]


  1. ^ Kanjorski, Paul E. (October 3, 1989). "Dimmick Memorial Library Celebrates 100 Years of Service". Congressional Record. p. 23097. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe, PA, as the citizens of this town celebrate the library's 100th anniversary. A fund to construct the library was established when Mr. Milton Dimmick, a prominent attorney at the time, died and in his ...
  2. ^ "Weekend Paradises: Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania". New York Magazine. Vol. 23 no. 16. April 23, 1990. p. 58. Just up Broadway is a perfect refuge if you happen to arrive on a rainy weekend with a child in tow: the Dimmick Memorial Library. It's a meticulously restored, cheerful cottage-style public library with open stacks and an appealing reading room. I had trouble extracting my four-year-old son, Patrick, from the premises even on a sunny afternoon.
  3. ^ Drury, John H.; Gilbert, Joan Sewell. Jim Thorpe in the 20th Century. p. 96.
  4. ^ "Historic Buildings of Jim Thorpe, PA". Historic Places. August 8, 2010.

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