1864During the great fire of 1864, only 300 of the 3000 volumes at the Lyceum’s circulating library were saved.Arts and Culture, Events & Anniversaries, Cultural Institutions, Fires

Unfortunately, all the records of the Lyceum up to that point were destroyed except for a single volume. The library received $1500 in fire insurance and along with another gift of $500 from Samuel E. Sawyer, the library reopened in May of 1864 in the Baptist Church on Middle Street.

Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Library. Outline of History and Dedication of the Sawyer Free Library of Gloucester, Mass., Tuesday, July 1, 1884. Cape Ann Bulletin Steam Book and Job Print., 1884.
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