Watch: Happy Birthday, Emma! (And Thank You)

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Emma Flower Taylor gave Watertown one of its greatest gifts - the Flower Memorial Library.

Saturday, librarians celebrated Taylor's gift with a borthday tea party, on what would have been Emma's 143rd birthday.

"We decided that since her birthday fell on a Saturday, we would celebrate her life with an old fashioned tea party the way she used to do it," said librarisn Suzie Renzi-Falge.

Emma paid for the library, more than $200,000 at the turn of the century, as a memorial to her father, former governor Roswell P. Flower.

The building opened in 1905.

"She just felt it was very very important for everyone to have a place to learn - and she made that happen for Watertown," said Yvonne Reff, librarian.

(See some of Emma Flower Taylor's still magnificent gift - and hear more about the birthday tea - by clicking on the picture.)

 

Sunday, December 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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