Carnegie, industrialist and philanthropist, made much of his fortune in
the American steel industry. It was Carnegie’s lifelong belief that
great men had an obligation to give back to their communities. The man
who loved to read gave away the vast majority of his fortune before his
death. He concentrated his giving on education, offering a way for
people to help themselves through learning.
addition to supporting institutions of higher education, Carnegie set
out to build more than 2,500 free libraries, including Carnegie Hall on
what is now Grove City College’s lower campus. Over the past 100 years,
the building has taken the appearance of a music hall, gymnasium and
location for ROTC functions. Today, Carnegie Hall, now the Carnegie
Alumni Center, houses the College’s alumni relations, communications and
marketing and development offices.