2005-08-25 / Upcoming Events

Maden to talk on history of houses Friday at library

On Friday, Aug. 26, at 1:30 p.m. join local author Sue Maden at the Jamestown library for an enlightening discussion called “This Old House: How to Research the House in Which You Live.”

A house is more than bricks, stone, wood, or steel. It is also the product of the people who designed the house, built it, and lived in it over the years. When was your house, old or new, built? Who built it, and who has owned it since it was constructed? How can you obtain biographical information about these families? Can you find out who built the house and how it has changed over time?

This slide lecture offers practical advice on how to find answers to these questions and others. Potential resources for researching your house include town records, newspapers, directories, censuses, maps, photographs, the Internet, and individuals. Examples from the project “The Building Boom in Jamestown, 1926-1931” will be shown.

Sue Maden lived in New York City for over 25 years, working as a nurse and later as a librarian. After moving to Jamestown in 1982, she began to explore the history of her community. She has written books and columns for the Jamestown Press and has compiled accounts of Jamestown from newspapers and newsletters. In-depth studies, with the help of RICH grants, have included the Jamestown Bridge and Dr. Bates’ Sanitariums in Jamestown and Providence. She is currently researching the “Building Boom in Jamestown, 1926-1931.”

This interesting and informative event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 423-7280.

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