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Local History

History & Genealogy Programs
Wed, Feb 05, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Technology Training Lab
Please join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Please bring pedigree or family group sheets to aid the volunteers in helping you. Free and open to the public.

Items on display in a case at WPPL

Do you have any pieces of memorabilia or photos dating to an earlier time in Westlake’s history? If so, WPPL would be interested in borrowing them for display. Please contact our Local History Librarian.

Dover Township Trustees and City Council Minutes and Legislation

Denise Rosenbaum, Clerk of Council for the City of Westlake, digitized all the existing copies of the Dover Township Trustees minutes and City Council minutes and legislation and made them available online through the city’s website. The Dover Township minutes date from the years 1831-1893 and the City Council minutes and legislation date from 1910 to the present.

The minutes and legislation can be found by going to the portion of the city’s website that houses its documents.

  • Under the dropdown list under Select Search Type choose “CNL - Legislation/Minutes - Web Access.”
  • Next, scroll down until you find the box labeled Meeting Type. There you will type either “Dover Township Trustees” or "Council."
  • Finally, click Search and all the digitized minutes and/or legislation documents will be available for you to read.

These documents provide a unique view of the city’s history.

Westlake 175th Anniversary Quilt

The North Coast Needlers Guild members made a special quilt to commemorate Westlake's 175th anniversary in 1986. The quilt is on permanent display in the Quiet Room of Westlake Porter Public Library and available for viewing during regular library hours.

  • Full quilt on display at WPPL
  • Central panel landscape
  • Dover Center School
  • Dover Congregational Church
  • The Phillips "Union House" Hotel
  • The Dover Methodist Church
  • Village Pump
  • The Clague House
  • The First General Store
  • Brick Yard and Tile Plant
  • Old Porter Library
  • Steam-powered Grist Mill
  • Quilters
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History of the Library

Portrait of Leonard G. PorterLeonard G. Porter's signatureIn 1884, Leonard Porter, a school teacher and a leader in the Dover Literary Society, bequeathed $1,000 and his collection of personal books to form a library for the citizens of Dover Township (now Westlake).

Every year, we celebrate that gift, and the tradition that it began.

collage of Porter Public Library through the years

 

In 2009, we celebrated 125 years of service to the Westlake community. This video, 125 Years of Sharing Stories, was part of that celebration.

Girl looking at a computer

Download & Stream

Girl looking at a computer

Download & Stream

adults in library

Adults

adults in library

Adults

Kris delivers in the library van

Outreach & Homebound

Kris delivers in the library van

Outreach & Homebound

foreign language materials from CPL

Language Resources

foreign language materials from CPL

Language Resources