Stage 62 is proud to be the theater company in residence in the historic landmark Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall (ACFL&MH), which sits graciously on a hill above Carnegie’s Main Street. The facility houses a fine regional library; the acoustically excellent music hall where Stage 62 performs; studios; a lovely reception hall; and a Civil War Room: the Thomas Espy Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, which is one of the few intact G.A.R. posts in the country.
The historic landmark ACFL&MH is one of only four libraries in the United States endowed by famed industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. In the early 1890s, the leaders of what were then Chartiers and Mansfield approached Mr. Carnegie and offered to merge into a new town called “Carnegie” in return for a library. The borough of Carnegie incorporated in 1894, and ground was broken for the Library in 1899. The ACFL&MH opened its doors in May 1901 and has been proudly serving its community ever since.
The Restoration Campaign
The Chartiers Valley Partnership’s Capital Campaign to restore, renovate and revitalize the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall has been wonderfully successful. Since launching in November 2003, the campaign has raised close to $7 million towards its ambitious goal, with improvements to date that include many much-desired comforts and amenities including a lovely refurbished interior with modern, comfortable seating.
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