History That's Right Off the Shelf

An Anonymous Patron writes "I hate to point to a LATimes Story, but this one on Willie McPherson is pretty interesting. He died 40 years ago when he was 79 and left behind more than 2,000 photos he took throughout CA and the Southwest during the first half of the 20th century. The photo collection, after passing through the hands of two parties, landed at the Orange library this year and has become a featured piece of its burgeoning regional history center.
The library's growing history collection is helping propel expansion of the main library that will result in a tripling of space, including a history room and reading tower. The new facility will be renamed the Orange Library and History Center. Groundbreaking on the expansion is set for January, with completion projected for September 2006.

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