William K. Kohrs Memorial Library
The William K. Kohrs Memorial Library was built in 1903.
Backstory and Context
William Kohrs was studying electrical engineering at Columbia University in New York when he died unexpectedly after having an appendectomy. Conrad and Augusta believed a library would be an appropriate memorial because it would honor their son who was committed to his education. The library also symbolizes the stability and prosperity Deer Lodge had achieved by 1903. By then, residents were yearning for a cultural institution where they could pursue their intellectual ambitions. In addition to providing funds to construct the building, the Kohrs also donated equipment and thousands of book. The library continues to be a vital part of the community today. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Stewart, Jan S. & Heath, Kingston. "William K. Kohrs Memorial Library." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/de4cf6d9-31ce-4c74-9b6f-cab1aa336e20.
"William K. Kohrs Memorial Library." Montana Historical Society Digital Vault. Accessed June 22, 2020. http://digitalvault.mhs.mt.gov/items/show/21310.
Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Kohrs_Free_Memorial_Library.JPG