Irene Ingle library building turns 50 this year
January 24, 2024
Wrangell’s public library has two birthdays: It celebrated its 100th birthday with an open house in 2021, and this year the current building will turn 50 years old.
Originally opened in October 1921 by the Wrangell Civic Improvement Club in their club room, then moving a decade later to share space in the old City Hall, the city sold $157,000 in bonds to help construct a building specifically designed as a library in 1974.
The construction had its beginnings in 1959 when a building fund was created — the occasion was marked by showing of the film “The Old Man and the Sea,” starrin...