Judy Miller of the Cherokee Library is pictured next to the recently restored leaded window that stood for decades over the original entrance to the library. The window and frame will be reinstalled above the door later this month, and a celebration event will be held during National Library Week in April of 2009. Over the last 100 - plus years, the wood was painted and cream color and patched as needed to keep it in place. Several pieces in the window cracked. In the spring of 2007, pieces of the frame fell to the ground and it was apparent that something needed to be done to repair, replace or preserve the door area. Restoration was made possible by the memorial funds from the late Pat Ellerbroek, Doris Thomas, Mary Sauer and Don Groff, and donations from Violet Guest, Friends of the Library, Cherokee Area Archives, and Cherokee Public Library Foundation.
Jimmy Davis, Tim Anderson and The Glass Station of Pierson completed the marvelous restoration work. The window is currently on display inside the Cherokee Public Library. Photo by Mike Leckband
Currently on display at the Cherokee Library is the newly restored lead glass window and original wood entrance sign. While the window is on display, visitors are welcome to view some of the pieces that were replaced due to aging. The sign hung over the original entrance of the old librarybuilding for more than 100 years. Photo by Mike Leckband