ArchivesFest 2021: Willard Library and Newburgh Museum

*Post written by Mona Meyer, Archives and Special Collections Metadata Librarian, and James Wethington, senior library assistant at the University Archives and Special Collections.

As #AmericanArchivesMonth comes to a close, the University Archives and Special Collections (UASC) thanks this year’s participants for another successful ArchivesFest promotion and Annalise Snyder, who created these wonderful videos. This week’s focus is on Willard Library, Newburgh Museum, and UASC. Enjoy!

Willard Library.

Hours: Monday-Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 8 PM; Wednesday-Friday: 9:00 – 5:30 PM;

Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sunday: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

21 First Avenue, Evansville, Indiana 47710

Willard Carpenter was born in Vermont in 1803 and came to Evansville in 1837 to continue to pursue his fortune. Desirous of leaving a lasting legacy, in 1876 he expressed his intention “to establish and endow a public library, to be located in a public park, on land owned by me, situated in the city of Evansville. I am induced to do this in the well-grounded hope that such an institution may become useful toward the improvement of the moral and intellectual culture of the inhabitants of Evansville, and collaterally to those of the State of Indiana; and also toward the enlargement and diffusion of a taste for the fine arts.” The library opened in 1885, 2 years after Carpenter’s death.

For more information on Willard Library, please visit and follow their social media accounts at:

Hours: Friday and Saturday, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

503 State Street, Newburgh, IN 47630

“The Newburgh Museum’s mission is to preserve, exhibit and educate all visitors about the history and culture of Newburgh and the surrounding area’s unique river town heritage. Located on the first floor of the Old Newburgh Presbyterian Church, the museum opened in July 2012. The permanent displays at the museum include information about the town’s founding, how it got its name, its early industry, a period of decline and how it has changed in modern times. The main exhibit at the museum is changed every few months.”

For more information on the Newburgh Museum, please visit and follow their social media accounts at:

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