The purpose of the Albany Historical Society is to discover,
preserve, and disseminate knowledge about the history of the Albany CA area. We encourage local residents to share
their memories and knowledge of the past through story telling events and have begun to create a historical walking path
in Albany using plaques commemorating important places and people. We hope to see you at one of our events soon.
Albany Historical Society
Annual Business Meeting & Election of Officers
Saturday February 17
Book talk at 1:30
1247 Marin Avenue
Book talk with Richard
his latest endeavor, The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis,
author and historian Richard Schwartz delivers the fascinating life story of immigrant actor M.B. Curtis.
As the Statue of Liberty stood unlit and unloved
by American politicians in 1886, one of her saviors was creating a theatrical sensation at New York’s Fourteenth Street
Theatre. Actor M. B. Curtis, who had achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters at the time,
was basking in public accolades at every curtain call when he came to Lady Liberty’s aid. Curtis, the immigrant, jumped
up to become the only private citizen in our nation’s history to pay for lighting the Statue of Liberty’s torch
while Congress dodged the funding issue and international embarrassment.
The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty rescues M. B. Curtis’s
story from the silent archives of forgotten history and reexamines an actor whose creativity and cultural influence still
resonate invisibly today.
Members of the Albany Historical Society present City Clerk,
Jackie Bucholz,with flowers and a proclamation
the City's 100th birthday on September
Jack Rosano, Master of Ceremonies
at the Story Telling Event
Our Board Members include
Joan Larson, President
Donna Butcher, Vice President
Marsha Skinner, Secretary
Peggy Mc Quaid, Treasurer
Members at Large
Liz Keilley - Roark
Founding Board Members
Meetings are held the
first Friday of each month downstairs in the Albany Community Center.
One of the historical plaques donated to the City of Albany
by the AHS.
For more information about our plaques, please see the "Historical Plaques" page
Images of America Albany ($10.00)
Albany resident and author Karen Sorenson has joined with the Albany
Historical Society to produce this intriguing look at Albany's past. Featuring over 200 vintage images, the book draws on
the extensive historical collection of the Albany Library and also includes many never-before-published historical photographs
supplied by the Albany community and friends at large. ---- from the book's back cover To order your copy, please click on
the link below
Click Here to Download a Book Order Form
Albany Historical Society is a nonprofit charitable 501(c)(3) corporation. Donations are tax deductible to the extent
permitted by law.
Click here to download membership form