Peabody Institute Library of Danvers
Outline of History
1852 George Peabody donated funds for the establishment of the
Peabody Institute in the South Parish (now Peabody).
1856 Mr. Peabody gave $10,000 to establish the "Branch Library"
at Danvers Plains.
1857 Town of Danvers offered use of two rooms in the 2nd story
of Town Hall.
1866 Town Meeting accepted gift of $40,000 from Mr. Peabody to build the Institute.
1869 First building dedicated. Mr. Peabody donated an additional
1890 Building destroyed by fire.
1892 Present building dedicated.
1940 Town assumed cost of salaries.
1958 Town provided funds for books.
1963 Interior remodeled.
1982 Major renovation and expansion completed.
1992 Library trustees honor 100th anniversary of present building.