I. Ground Breaking - 1926The Hartland Schools provided the land on which the library was built. Mr. Crouse provided a nucleus of 1,225 books for the collection. From time to time Mr. Crouse presented the library with autographed letters and pictures of the “great and near-great.” Especially noted were autographs of Queen Victoria, Napoleon, and letters written by Alexander Hamilton and Abraham Lincoln. This collection is currently housed at the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, for safety and preservation. Many art works and objects d’art were donated to adorn the library interior.
The building, a splendid example of early American Federalist architecture, was designed by Professor Emil Lorch, Dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Michigan. Sod was broken at a special ceremony on December 2, 1926.
II. Library is Completed - 1927The Cromaine District Library has served the residents of the Hartland Consolidated School district and surrounding townships since it was built in 1927. It was donated to the schools by J. Robert Crouse and his uncle, Henry A. Tremaine, as the result of a $5,000.00 bequest from John B. Crouse, father of J. Robert Crouse. Tremaine and Crouse added $ 20,000.00 to the bequest to erect the Library, which was named in honor of its donors.
III. Addition is made to Library - 1980In 1978 the taxpayers of Hartland School District supported two referendums for a .3 mil library operational tax and a $950,000.00 bond issue for the construction of a 9,400 square foot library addition. May 17, 1979, was the Library's groundbreaking ceremony for the addition. The program, led by head librarian Sandra Scherba, was held at the site of the new addition, just north of the original building. On September 8, 1980, the library proudly opened the doors to its new addition welcoming the entire Hartland community to enjoy the new and remodeled facility. The dedication of the new building on November 23, 1980 was truly a gala occasion with over 200 people in attendance.
IV. Cromaine Separates from School District - 1995The Hartland schools provided the land on which the library was built under the tenure of W. D. White, Superintendent of Schools. Crouse provided a nucleus of 1,225 books for the collection. The schools in turn agreed to maintain the building, to provide heat, light, janitor services and a half-time teacher-librarian. The building, a splendid example of early American Federalist architecture, was designed by Professor Emil Lorch, Dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Michigan.
Almost 70 years later, in November 1995, Cromaine became an independent district library, established under the District Library Establishment Act (MCL 397.171 et seq.) by Hartland Consolidated Schools and Hartland Township.
V. Another Addition Added to Cromaine - 2017The Cromaine District Library is funded by a voted millage of 1.6 mills. Part of that funding, donations from the community, and help from Friends of Cromaine organization went towards another addition to the growing library. The 3,800 square foot addition opened in May 2017. The aim of the library is to continually provide services and a wide variety of media and materials to meet the informational, recreational and educational needs of all ages, individuals and groups in the Hartland community and beyond.
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Cromaine Library in the village is conveniently located at 3688 N Hartland Rd. in Hartland, MI 48353. For help finding us or help with directions, please call (810) 632-5200.
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