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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumnus Wayne Wiegand ’68, will present on the history and continuing importance of public libraries Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.  at the Oshkosh Public Library.

Wiegand is considered the “dean of American library historians.” He will discuss the history and continuing importance of public libraries in America, as highlighted in his book, Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library. Wiegand offers an insightful look at one of America’s most beloved cultural institutions from the perspective of everyday users.

The event is presented in partnership with UW Oshkosh’s history department.

Wiegand is a F. William Summers Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University. He has authored more than 100  scholarly articles and numerous books. Part of Our Lives was released in September, several months in advance of a major documentary on the American public library, for which Wiegand served as a historical consultant.

Wiegand’s book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.


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