The Carnegie Free Library in Homestead, PA, circa 1905.
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Color postcard of the front of the building, exterior.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State Archives

Opened in 1898, the Carnegie Free Library in Homestead was built with a 1,000-seat music hall and athletic wing with an indoor pool. For decades the library served as a community center for steel worker families, offering classes and athletic clubs that produced numerous champions in basketball, baseball, gymnastics, wrestling, and swimming.

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