Travel Attractions

The Carnegie History Center

125 South College Avenue Tyler TX 75702
Phone: (903) 592-5993

The Carnegie History Center, which houses the Smith County Historical Society in Tyler, Texas, got its start from a $15,000 donation from philanthropist and steel baron, Andrew Carnegie. It was one of 2,500 libraries worldwide that benefited from Carnegie's generosity.

With additional funds raised in the community for the lot and furnishings, the building, located on the corner of South College Avenue, and West Elm Street, was completed in 1904. However, in 1980, the library was moved across the street into its current location.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, and group tours are available by reservation. While it is free to the public, donations are appreciated.

Through the years, citizens of Smith County have contributed to the collection of items and photos that make up the library and museum. These historic objects, photographs, and newspapers, which represent every aspect of life in this area, date from the Caddo Indians, the earliest known inhabitants, to the present day.

Visitors come to Tyler annually for the Rose Festival and to view the many attractions, and hundreds of these visit the Carnegie History Center to view the many exhibits. This is also a popular place for local historians who are interested in the history of their community, for genealogists, and for anyone who needs to retrieve a piece of history from this vast repository.

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