John Cotton Dana

John Cotton Dana


John Cotton Dana was born on August 19, 1856, in Woodstock, Vermont, in what is now commonly referred to as the “Dana House”  (the headquarters and museum for the Woodstock History Center).  Dana is best remembered for his many contributions to libraries and museums, where he pioneered many innovative practices, including holding evening hours so that working people could go to libraries, having books written in foreign languages for immigrants who couldn’t speak English, and having open stacks so that patrons could browse for their own books.