Save the Carnegie Library in Bemidji Minnesota

Help us preserve this treasured landmark, and restore its role as a vibrant centerpiece fo our community

Please volunteer your time and talents

Please make a tax-deductible contribution to our capital fund

Who We Are

The "Save the Carnegie"
Steering Committee is a volunteer group of citizens from the extended Bemidji community, working under the guidance of the Bemidji City Council.

Our close working relationship with the city, which owns the building, affords us legal, engineering, and other valuable professional assistance
with this project.

Our current members are Rita Albrecht, Noemi Alyesworth, Roy C. Booth, Alan Brew, Kevin Cease, Lew Crenshaw, Sandy Kaul, Sue Liapis, Cathy Marchand, Kay Murphy and Lonnie Sempel.

Volunteers are welcome!
Join us! 218.759.3570


Save the Carnegie Steering Committee

Rita Albrecht has lived in Bemidji for more than thirty-five years since moving here to attend Bemidji State University. Together with her husband Mike, she owned the Bemidji A&W Restaurant and raised two children in Bemidji. After earning degrees in Geography and Education at BSU, Rita worked as a development specialist for Headwaters Regional Development Commission and as assistant planner and community development director for the City of Bemidji. Rita is currently a planner for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Rita was elected to the Bemidji City Council in 2010 and was elected Mayor in 2012.

Roy C. Booth is a fourth generation Bemidjian hard at work raising a fifth. A graduate of Bemidji State University (BA English/Speech-Theatre and an MA in English w/. an Emphasis in Creative Writing). Roy manages Roy's Comics and Games of Downtown Bemidji along with maintaining his career as a professional writer (novelist, screenwriter, and internationally awarded playwright with 56 plays published with 750+ professional productions in 28 countries). He bats right, throws right.

Alan Brew received an AB in Anthropology from Harvard College, Class of 1964, and studied anthropology and archaeology at Washington State University for four years, ABD status. Alan came to Bemidji State University in 1969 and received emeritus status in 2007. Alan has conducted dozens of archaeological investigations ("cultural resource management") in the Bemidji region for utility companies, cities and private parties. Alan has served on the City of Bemidji Heritage Preservation Commission over more than two decades utilizing his expertise in prehistoric archaeology. His interest in historic "standing structures" derives from his living in Cambridge, Mass., and attending Harvard, where the oldest building dates from ca. 1730 and currently houses the senior university administration

Kevin Cease is a third generation funeral director with the Cease Family Funeral Homes, living north of Bemidji with his wife and dog. He has been involved in many community organizations over the years. He has also been involved in several theater and small film projects. His favorite role however has been acting as a husband and father to his beautiful, smart wife and two almost perfect children.

Lewis Crenshaw retired to Bemidji with his wife after 37 years with a major Fortune 500 company. During his career he held management positions in Business, International Development, Research, Technology, Market Development, Sales, and Marketing. Acquisitions and Joint Venture formation led him to work in ~40 countries, to live abroad for over 10 years and to develop a passion for history. He is a trained Chef, works at playing the classical guitar and speaks a bit of Mandarin Chinese.

Sandy Kaul has lived in Bemidji for over 45 years. She holds a Master's degree from Hamline University and was the director of Bemidji State University's Talley Gallery for eighteen years. Sandy is also an accomplished weaver completing numerous corporate weaving commissions. She was a founding member of the Bemidji Community Arts Center and the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment and has served as chair of the Bemidji Heritage Preservation Commission. She is currently providing leadership on several city arts committees including the Sanford Center Art Committee, the Chief Bemidji Statue Project Committee, and the Bemidji Arts Commission steering committee.

Sue Liapis moved here to Bemidji in 1952. Other than living in Washington D.C. and San Francisco, CA while her husband was in the US Army, she has proudly claimed Bemidji as home. She graduated from Bemidji High School, received a BA from Bemidji State University and became a 50% owner of their accounting firm until it was sold in 1994. Since that time she has worked as an accountant and office manager until partial retirement. She is active in the Bemidji Curling Club, as a director in the United States Curling Association for nine years, president of the Bemidji Chamber of Commerce in 1984, and helped organize the Bemidji Area United Way and served as its' first president. From 1985 to 2003, she served the George W. Neilson Foundation as a member of its' local citizen advisory group and in 2003, was appointed a lifetime trustee of that same foundation.

Cathy Marchand is a third-generation Bemidji-ite. After getting a degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, she worked in DuPont's Refinish Coatings business for 24 years, with roles including product development, marketing and e-business. Now retired, Cathy loves to travel, works in her garden, and volunteers at the public library, the Sanford Medical Center, and as a VITA tax volunteer for seniors. She is the Treasurer for the Save the Bemidji Carnegie Library committee.

Kay Murphy is employed by the City of Bemidji. She began working in the Clerk's office in 1986. In 2005, she was promoted to the position of City Clerk. She is proud to have been a Bemidji resident most of her life as well as a graduate of Bemidji High School and Northwest Technical College. The City Council appointed her as staff liaison on the Save the Carnegie Committee.

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