Albany Public Library shines a light on the history and homes of Albany’s eclectic neighborhoods with a special series of programs in May. The programs, which are free and open to the public, take place at the Pine Hills Branch located at 517 Western Avenue.
- Home History Hunters – May 7 (Wed) at 6:30 to 7:45 pm
If you’ve ever wondered about who used to live in your house, or when that oddly-shaped room next to your kitchen was built, we can help you find some answers. We’ll teach you about the locations to visit, and questions to ask, to easily access records about your house and its past inhabitants. We’ll show you examples of blueprints, original real estate ads, building permits, and house photos of Albany homes. The information in this workshop only pertains to houses in the city of Albany. Participants are asked to register at 482-7911 x230.
- Family Exploration of Pine Hills Architecture – May 10 (Sat) at 11 am to 12:30 pm
Families are invited to join historic preservationist Lorraine Weiss on this walking tour of Pine Hills that focuses on the architecture and history of the neighborhood. This section of Albany was once the final trolley stop on Western Avenue. Now lined with businesses and houses, the area around the library’s Pine Hills Branch has seen lots of changes over the decades. Learn more about them on this tour. Attendees are asked to register by calling 482-7911 x230.
- Manning Boulevard Walking Tour – May 12 (Mon) at 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Tour guide Lorraine Weiss introduces adults to the history of Manning Boulevard, its former residents, and surrounding streets. This residential area with stately homes and large yards was once just beyond the final trolley stop on Western Avenue. Manning Boulevard was the only completed segment of a series of boulevards planned to link with Washington Park. Walk this notable neighborhood and learn more of its stories from historic preservationist Weiss. Participants are asked to register by calling 482-7911 x230.