Peoria library placed on National Register of Historic Places

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PEORIA - A library in Peoria has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Officials at the 104-year-old Lincoln Library learned that the facility was awarded national registry status last week.  The library will join about 20 other properties in Peoria that appear on the National Register.

Officials say the library's designation as a historic place brings prestige and visibility to the City of Peoria.

Although Peoria has a total of five library locations, the Lincoln branch is the only one financed by Andrew Carnegie, a 19th century philanthropist.  Officials say that parts of the building have been altered, and that only a few of the other 1,700 Carnegie-financed libraries are standing and operating as libraries today.

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