Cleveland Park Library History Files: 60th Anniversary

Playing Softball While Fundraising

Lost Washington DC coverIn early August 1944, the Library Committee of the Connecticut Avenue Citizens Association held a softball game to raise money for a new library in the Cleveland Park neighborhood.

According to a letter from Miss Elizabeth R. Groves, the association's treasurer, sent to an unnamed local resident, the benefit game was to be held at Griffith Stadium 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 8. The best area teams were scheduled to play and the funds from the benefit would "put our Library Site Fund well beyond the half way point. It is now over $12,000." Those who were unable to attend were asked to return the tickets.  "Otherwise we would be held responsible for the tax," concludes the letter.

You can read more about Griffith Stadium and see photos in Lost Washington, DC by John DeFerrari.


Elisa Babel, Adult Librarian