Hudson Octagon House Museum to Open  Little Free Library Legacy Museum
Hudson Octagon House Museum to Open  Little Free Library Legacy Museum

(L-to-R) Susan Bol, Todd Bol’s Widow, Bol Family Foundation Member Tony Bol, Todd Bol’s Brother, Bol Family Foundation Principal Wayne Haut, Octagon House Museum, Board Copresident Leila Albert, Octagon House Museum, Director

First Little Free Library built by Todd Bol in 2009

HUDSON, WISCONSIN, UNITED STATES, May 31, 2023/ — The Hudson Octagon House Museum announces the launch of the Little Free Library Legacy Museum, honoring the origin and global impact of the Little Free Library movement. The museum will recreate a One-Room Schoolhouse to recognize the inspirational history of the first Little Free Library, and to share the movement’s history through engaging displays. Dedicated to preserving Hudson’s heritage, the Hudson Octagon House Museum, will include the Little Free Library movement in its mission now.

The Little Free Library movement began in 2009 when the late Todd Bol, a Hudson resident, created the first Little Free Library. Since then, it has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, with Little Free Libraries and sharing libraries present in all 50 states and over 150 countries. Todd Bol’s vision of promoting literacy, community sharing, and neighborly conversations has transcended boundaries, globally impacting countless lives.

The Little Free Library Legacy Museum will showcase the evolution of this movement, highlighting its transformation into a diverse front yard sharing initiative. Through interactive exhibits, visitors will explore the power of the Little Free Library concept as a catalyst for community building, fostering connections, and promoting a culture of sharing and learning.

Leila Albert, Director of the Octagon House Museum, affirms the museum’s support for the Little Free Library Legacy Museum, stating, “We are excited for the opportunity to create a new exhibit space for safeguarding and sharing the legacy of the Little Free Library movement, and are delighted by the enthusiastic support coming from the Hudson community.”

Tony Bol, Todd Bol’s brother, expresses gratitude to the Hudson community, stating, “The Little Free Library Legacy Museum will be a true tribute to the people of Hudson who supported my brother’s vision through their enthusiasm, volunteerism, and business partnerships.” The Bol family and their Fund in Todd’s honor at the Minneapolis Foundation has made a financial contribution to the Little Free Library Legacy Museum and offers its partnership.

For more information or inquiries about the Little Free Library Legacy Museum, please contact Leila Albert, Director of Octagon House Museum, at 715-386-2654 or via email at [email protected]

About Hudson Octagon House Museum:

Affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Hudson Octagon House Museum is a renowned institution dedicated to preserving the heritage of Hudson, Wisconsin. Housed within the iconic Octagon House, the museum offers visitors a unique glimpse into the past, showcasing this unique architectural style and sharing captivating stories of the Moffat-Hughes family and local history to inspire a deeper appreciation for Hudson’s cultural heritage.

Leila Albert , Director
Octagon House Museum
+1 715-386-2654
[email protected]

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