Learn How to Uncover the Story of Your House in Two-Part Program

Whether you are living in a centuries-old Victorian, a 1940s bungalow, or a newer ranch, your home shelters more than just people — it also houses stories.

You can learn more about how to uncover your property’s stories during a special two-part workshop, “The Story of My House,” hosted by Albany Public Library on consecutive Saturdays, June 1 and 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the large auditorium of the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information about “The Story of My House” program, please call the Main Library Reference Department at 427-4303.


Part 1: “How to Research the History of Your House”

June 1 (Saturday) at 2-4 pm, Main Library

Local historians share tips and advice on how to research your home’s history. Speakers include: Tony Opalka, Albany city historian; Ellen Gamache, APL local history librarian; Cara Macri, director of preservation services at Historic Albany Foundation; and Akum Norder, writer of the Times Union “A History of Here: Life in Albany, Past and Present” blog.


Part 2: “An Uncommon Cape: Researching the Histories and Mysteries of a Property”

June 8 (Saturday) at 2-4 pm, Main Library

Eleanor Phillips Brackbill, author of “An Uncommon Cape,” bought an ordinary Cape Cod-style house and was inspired to research its history. It took eight years and the unraveling of several mysteries to unlock the secrets of her home, and the parcel of land it occupies, which dates back to Colonial times. Brackbill shares how she traced the history of her property and offers practical suggestions on how to do a similar project for your own home. A book signing follows Brackbill’s presentation.


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