NEWS AND TRIBUNE
NEW ALBANY —
For New Albany’s bicentennial year, the Stuart B. Wrege Indiana History Room is overseeing a project aimed at recording the history of New Albany’s historic homes — or those built before 1963 [the date of New Albany’s sesquicentennial].
It is not required that the person has to live in the home they are researching, but it should have some importance to their lives [childhood home or maybe a friend lives there]. Worksheets will be available in the Indiana Room, which is located on the library’s lower level at 180 W. Spring St.
A lot of the research involved in the registration process will be able to be completed using the materials available in the Indiana Room, but some independent research may be necessary. The staff of the Indiana Room will also be available to help point researchers in the right direction.
When the research is finished it can be brought to the Indiana Room, including any new or historic photographs that the researcher might have. The Indiana Room will then make copies of the information provided from which a separate research file will be created using the address of that home as the subject.
These files will be preserved in the Indiana Room for the long-term so that future researchers who are interested in the history of a specific home or New Albany homes in general will have the opportunity to benefit from the work that was done during the House Registration project.
New Albany resident J.R. Hardin has already registered multiple historic homes with the library going as far as sketching the floor plan of the houses he’s registering in case people want to know how they were used.
“We’re losing so many structures in Floyd County, it’s important for us to document and photograph them so people will know what they look like and how they were used,” Hardin said. “I like knowing that if 200 years from now someone wants to know about these homes [the information] will be there for them.”
At the conclusion of the project in November, a reception will be held in the library’s auditorium where participants in the project will receive a framed certificate of appreciation for their contribution to the research materials that are available at the library by participating in the library’s bicentennial project.
If you have any questions about the Historic home Registration Project, contact the Indiana Room at 812-949-3527.