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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

Meeting 1-1:30pm

Book talk at 1:30

Albany Library

1247 Marin Avenue


Book talk with Richard Schwartz


In 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 to celebrate
the City's 100th birthday on September 22, 2008


Jack Rosano, Master of Ceremonies at the Story Telling Event

About Us

Our Board Members include

Joan Larson, President

Donna Butcher, Vice President

Marsha Skinner, Secretary

Peggy Mc Quaid, Treasurer

Members at Large

Kim Denton

Liz Keilley - Roark

Jackie Armstrong

Founding Board Members

Jewel Okawachi

Ruth Ganong

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

The Albany Historical Society is a nonprofit charitable 501(c)(3) corporation. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Tax ID # 20-5139665

Click here to download membership form

"Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with Rex at the March 2012 Lttle League Storytelling Event


Three generations of the Osborn family have been in Scouting.  They shared their experiences with us at the Story Telling event.