Save the Logansport Public Library sign now

Recently, the board of directors for the Logansport/Cass County Public Library announced their intention to renovate and alter the Historic Library located at 616 E. Broadway in downtown Logansport at an estimated cost of over $800,000.00.

The proposed alterations to the library are as follows;
1) Complete removal of central staircase.This is the last vestige of the original Carnegie Library that was destroyed by fire on March 17th 1941.

2) Deregulating the genealogy department. Our genealogy department is a treasured resource and it should be protected from unwarranted theft, and loss due to unregulated use. this material is irreplaceable and should be protected under lock and key as it is now.

3)The removal of the historic structural shelving on the second floor. By removing the shelving that provides structural support to the second and first floor, the building would be susceptible to structural failure in the future.

4) The removal of the balcony on the second floor. This is an original feature to the building and it provides the essential historic details expected in a building of this importance.

5) Erecting an awning or covering over the exterior front entrance to the building. This in fact would cover up or lead to the removal of the only historic ornamentation on the building.

6) Demolition of historic home behind the library. This demolition will make way for unnecessary employee parking, and eliminate another tax bearing property in the city. The neighborhood is currently going through an extensive preservation and refurbishment effort, and additional demolition would negate any positive impact the neighborhood could have in the future.

That was a short list of the proposed changes to the library.

We feel these changes would negate recent positive addendums to the community. ie: Logansport's Preserve America Community designation by the White House, renewed interest in Historic Preservation, Historic Single Site Designations, Historic District Designations.

These proposed changes would add a negative effect on this community's heritage tourism potential and reflect badly on our regional reputation as a forward thinking community.

This petition is asking the Board of Directors of the Logansport/Cass County Public Library to negate these proposed changes that would alter the appearance of the Historic Library. And we ask the Board of Directors to preserve this irreplaceable piece of Logansport's history, by designating it a local historic single site landmark with the Logansport Historic Preservation Commission.

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Latest Signatures

  • 13 January 2016450. Rose F
    I support this petition
  • 12 January 2016449. Linda P
    Everything in the genealogy collection does NOT need to be locked-up. If you must,, lock up only the one-of-a-kind and rare books. Patrons won't use the collection if they cannot access it.
  • 11 January 2016448. Gretchen M
    I support this petition
  • 31 December 2015447. Dan M
    I support this petition
  • 16 December 2015446. Debra T
    maintain the original beauty!
  • 15 December 2015445. Susan Loehmeri
    History, as we enter space age thinking and design, should be saved as it will be missed. I worked there for years, and our genealogy section was second only to Ft. Wayne's! Save the history for future generations!
  • 11 December 2015444. Janet Snyders
    Respecting and referencing the past is not incompatible with serving present and future needs... unless decision-makers are driven by excessive expediency or just plain tone deaf to both constituency and creativity.
  • 05 December 2015443. Rubye W
    Please don't destroy the Library Keep it as it is.
  • 03 December 2015442. Michael F
    I support this petition
  • 02 December 2015441. David Yoderj
    From my childhood to the present, I have been a patron of the library. Please preserve Logansport and Cass County's heritage.
  • 29 November 2015440. Kevin Bu
    I support this petition
  • 26 November 2015439. James Allani
    Let us save the Library in Logansport
  • 26 November 2015438. Jodi H
    I support this petition
  • 25 November 2015437. Nancy K
    I support this petition
  • 24 November 2015436. Jodie R
    I support this petition
  • 18 November 2015435. Mike F
  • 15 November 2015434. Lisa C
    I support this petition
  • 14 November 2015433. Kathy B
    I support this petition
  • 10 November 2015432. Larry F
    I support this petition
  • 04 November 2015431. Pauletta S
    Progress should not include decsrtuction of a buildings fundamental character, especially when it reflects the flavor of a community.
  • 29 October 2015430. Vivian M
    I support this petition
  • 25 October 2015429. Sara G
    I support this petition
  • 23 October 2015428. Diego B
  • 23 October 2015427. Regina C
    I love the central staircase! Its historic and very convenient to get to the 2nd floor quickly!
  • 18 October 2015426. Anita R
    Nation-wide, more people are using our libraries than ever before. If our county libarary is under renovation, which I feel is completely unnecessary, people will be hesitant to visit it. We just finished renovation to Broadway, and during this time it wa
  • 16 October 2015425. James M
    The logic in these changes needs to be renovated, not the library,
  • 15 October 2015424. Kathy W
    Too much history in Logansport has been demolished in the name of "progress." Please keep this piece intact.

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Terrance WoodwardBy:
Petition target:
Logansport/Cass County Public Library Board of Directors


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