Albany's Victorian Homes

Albany's Victorian Homes

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum board member

If you want to know more about why a house at Fifth and Walnut streets in Albany was built in an octagonal shape then visit the Albany Regional Museum, where the history of that house along with nine other Victorian-era residences are on display in a new exhibit.

The story of the houses, photographs of the homes and a photo of the homeowners (always a man) are in frames in the museum’s community room.

History of Timber Linn Park

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum board member

In 1958, Roberta Corbin was known to many in Albany for submitting the winning entry in a city-wide contest to name a new park east of town.

Corbin suggested “Timber Linn Park”, and the Albany Jaycees, who sponsored the World Championship Timber Carnival, announced that winning name during the queen’s coronation that year.

Buy Local for Christmas, Support Your History

Buy Local for Christmas, Support Your History

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum board member

There’s a mini bookstore in Albany that many probably know nothing about.

It’s located in the lobby of the Albany Regional Museum and includes historical fiction and non-fiction accounts of Oregon and the immediate area.

Anyone who makes a purchase and mentions the city of Albany’s newsletter “City Bridges” will get a 10 percent discount, said museum director Keith Lohse. By offering the price break, the museum wants to recognize the good working relationship it has with the city.

The historical column that appears on the museum’s website also can be found in each edition of City Bridges.

Here is a list of some of the books available at the museum.

Albany a Primer

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum board member

You live in Albany or you reside elsewhere and commute here for work but how much attention have you paid to the city’s history, geography, demographics and its economy?

Below is a short primer about the city, which is the state’s 11th largest and is located in Linn and Benton counties at the confluence of the Willamette and Calapooia rivers.

Need a history question answered? Look no further

Wondering who lived in your house before you did? Want to find out if a family will was recorded in Linn County between 1893 and 1978, or do you want to know why Camp Adair was built?

The answers to those questions and others that might be on your mind about our area or the people who lived here could be available in the Rod & Marty Tripp Research Room at the Albany Regional Museum.

Oregon's "Mother of Suffrage"

Abigail Scott Duniway, considered to be Oregon’s “mother of suffrage,” spent about six years in Albany, where she was the family’s primary breadwinner because of an injury that left her husband unable to work.

Duniway and her family moved to Albany, some records say in 1865 while others state 1866, living in a house on the west side of Calapooia Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. She had a job teaching in a private school for a few months before joining up with a Mrs. Jackson to open a millinery shop at the southwest corner of First and Broadalbin streets.

History Through Headstones at Albany Hebrew Cemetery and Houston Cemetery

By Cathy Ingalls, Albany Regional Museum board member

Miss Pauline Kline and her family’s story of arriving in Corvallis in the mid-1860s and operating “dry goods, fancy goods, millinery and gents furnishing goods” stores in Albany and Corvallis will be recounted during the annual July cemetery tour in Albany.

Kline, who was born to Russian and Polish Jews in 1860, died in 1939 in Corvallis and is buried with other family members in the Albany Hebrew Cemetery in the 3100 block of Salem Avenue S.E.

That cemetery and the Houston Cemetery across the street will have docents on hand from 7 p.m. to dusk Wednesday, July 25, to talk about some of the people buried in the cemeteries during the free 11th annual History Through Headstone Tour sponsored by the Albany Regional Museum.

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