The other day a small bronze plaque in the brick of our town’s modest (and wonderful) Waterville Public Library stopped me in my tracks. The plaque read ‘This building is a gift of Andrew Carnegie to the City of Waterville, AD 1905’. ‘107 years later’, I thought, ‘in an era of Kindles and games on telephones, here’s my son, skipping along happily because he just picked out five easy readers from the library shelves.’ Carnegie’s gift of 1,689 free public libraries across the US still fosters education and opportunities today.
Barcelona’s magnificent concert hall, the Palau Música Catalana, would not have been built without gifts from wealthy industrialists who added to the money collected by Barcelona’s citizens in 1908. After 104 years, more than half a million people annually still enjoy performances beneath the stained glass skylight of the exuberant modernista-style hall.
What makes a great gift 100 years later? Read the full post by Kristin Majeska at Latest from Alliance