March 19, 2018

Cash-poor WI Library May Sell Historic Print

By LJ Staff

The Brown County Library, Green Bay, WI, is in a quandary: its coffers are low but it owns a rare print of Abraham Lincoln (sporting a caption perhaps written by the president himself) that’s estimated to be worth at least $300,000. While the library could use the infusion of money, parting with the 1864 Matthew Brady print, which the library has owned nearly for a century, is a tough call. Board president Terry Watermolen said that the library doesn’t want to deny the community access to the print, a sentiment shared by many local historians and patrons. The library last year proposed the sale of historic manuscripts and artworks, causing a local furor; ultimately the county board voted to override a veto by the county executive that otherwise would have cut the library’s proposed budget. "We’re going to try very hard to meet the needs of the library and answer the question of maintaining these assets in the community," Watermolen said, according to the AP.