About

NWPA Stories is a blog by Benson Memorial Library, sharing local history stories drawn from the archives of our library! We also use the blog to share updates about our library, what’s going on locally, book reviews, and much more – all categorized on the right-hand-side of the blog for your convenience.

Benson Memorial Library is located in Titusville, Pennsylvania. We serve the Titusville area and are part of the Crawford County Federated Library System (CCFLS). Stories featured here come from all over Northwestern Pennsylvania including Crawford, Erie, Warren, and Venango Counties, and sometimes even further afield, depending where the research leads us!

About Our Writer

Jessica Hilburn is Benson Memorial Library’s first historian! She is working on digitizing the library’s obituary index cards, scanning historic files for public use, getting our new local history area up and running, performing research requests, while researching and writing monthly history blog posts about the Oil Region. She can be reached at jessica.hilburn@ccfls.org.

About Benson Memorial Library

The library was proposed by Robert, William, and Bessie Emerson Benson in 1902 as a living memorial to their late parents, the oil entrepreneur Byron David and Minerva Benson. City residents (at that time, white men were the only residents who could vote) voted to accept the gift of the library. The Benson children spent $35,000 constructing and furnishing the library. It officially opened in February of 1904 to an enthusiastic crowd.

We hope you enjoy reading our stories! If you have any suggestions for a story or wish to share one of your own on our blog, us the contact us page and one of our writers will get back to you asap.

 

Location Information

Benson Memorial Library

213 North Franklin Street, Titusville, PA 16354

814.827.2913

benson.ccfls.org

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