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The Newman Woman's Improvement Club was founded in 1908; its members started the first free library in Newman housed in the Masonic Building (later named Dania Hall). In 1916, the library was moved to larger quarters in the Knights of Pythias Hall.

In 1919 it was announced that a new Carnegie Library was to be built in Newman at a cost of $7600, and in September of the following year the new library opened its doors with the book collection that had been housed in the Knights of Pythias Hall.

The Knights of Pythias, CA 1910   The Knights of Phythias Building Still Exists in Downtown Newman
The Knights of Pythias, CA 1910   The Knights of Phythias Building Still Exists in Downtown Newman

In 1941, with the United States about to enter into World War II, the library opened its basement and welcomed the first museum in Stanislaus County. In 1978, when a new library was built at "R" and Kern Streets, the Newman Women's Club took over the museum and expanded the museum to include the upstairs portion of the old Carnegie Library.

 

Ongoing Efforts

The Newman Historical Society is currently gathering local family histories for research purposes. The files are available to those interested in researching family histories and the history of the West Side.

A recent donation to the Historical Society and the City of Newman was the original Yancey home. This small Victorian home stood for many years adjacent to the Yancey Lumber yard, and in its later years served as an office for the building. Because of an expansion project at the business, the charming Victorian structure was bequeathed to the City of Newman and is currently occupying the lot at the rear of the Museum along with the Museum's collection of farm implements. Restoration of the structure is currently underway, and it is hoped that the structure will find a permanent home in the near future.

 

 

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