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George C. Crout

In 2000, Mr. George Crout, an educator and local historian, became the catalyst to the Library Lens project when he donated 70 years worth of collections to the Middletown Public Library. During his lifetime, Mr. Crout collected historical documents pertaining to this area, particularly Middletown, and also authored weekly articles and …

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George C. Crout

MPL Art Collection

In 2005, Ben McIntire donated his time and expertise to digitally record the original artwork found on the walls of the Middletown Public Library. In this remarkable collection, you will find over 160 pieces of artwork from local and nationally renowned artists that are on display at the Library.

MPL Art Collection

Middletown Historical Project

The Middletown Public Library holds a collection of local historical material that includes many photographs and negatives. These have been obtained as individual donations and include the Middletown Bicentennial Collection of negatives. During Middletown's Bicentennial Celebration, copy negatives were made of photographs that were in …

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Middletown Historical Project

Roger L. Miller

This growing collection was donated in 2008 by Mr. Roger L. Miller. He was able to work with Mr. Crout and has been interested in local history for 50 years. This collection is home to a varied selection of materials and subject matter and items that are not in other collections will be added to this portion of the Library Lens.

Roger L. Miller

Faith Church

In 2005, when Faith United Methodist Church was in the process of merging with another church, much of their collection of historical material was donated to the Middletown Public Library. Included were many photographs, drawings and other items that relate to the history of the United Brethren in Christ Church, the Evangelical United …

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Faith Church

About the collections



In 2000, Mr. George Crout, an educator and local historian, became the catalyst to the Library Lens project when he donated 70 years worth of collections to the Middletown Public Library. During his lifetime, Mr. Crout collected historical documents pertaining to this area, particularly Middletown, and also authored weekly articles and several books on local history. The Crout Collection, largest of the Library's collections, includes photographs, negatives and slides that are readily available on this site to view and enjoy. To view the original written materials, please contact the library.

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