March 1, 1879

On March 1, 1879, the Library of Hawaii was founded and began providing books to the citizens of the islands. It was also on this date that the library at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama (later to be renamed Alabama Polytechnic Institute and even much later to be renamed Auburn) burned to the ground with all the books going up in flames. This was a devastating event as two of the five books hadn’t even been colored in yet.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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3 Responses to March 1, 1879

  1. Jefferson Beauregard Jones says:

    As a proud graduate of the East Alabama Male College, I feel the need to set the record straight here.

    While it is true that two of the five books that were lost hadn’t been colored in yet, that doesn’t mean they were all coloring books, as you have implied. The fact of the matter is that one of the books was a dot-to-dot and the other was a pop-up picture book. So there.

    So much for your attempt to besmirch the good name of a fine education institution.

    Most sincerely,
    Jefferson Beauregard Jones

  2. Joel Byers says:

    You do know, there was a real Jefferson Beauregard Jones that went to Auburn. AND if you have a crayon, every book is a coloring book.

  3. Jefferson Beauregard Jones says:

    So you’re the no-count scallywag that colored in our picture book! For shame, sir. For shame.

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