News and Tribune

August 22, 2012

Library starts house history project

Homes built before 1963 to be registered as part of bicentennial celebration

By DANIEL SUDDEATH
daniel.suddeath@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY — The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library has launched a program intended to help home owners learn about their property while also providing information that can be used for years to come.

In the spirit of New Albany’s 2013 bicentennial, the library’s Indiana Room has started a project asking people to register the history of their houses. They can also register other houses in New Albany they feel are significant, with the stipulation being the homes must have been built in 1963 or earlier.

Indiana Room Director Betty Menges said once the information has been recorded, it will be copied and added to the library files and a framed certificate indicating participation in the project will be provided to the people who register.

“We have many of the resources they would need to use” for research, Menges said.

The project was the idea of library employee and historian Stephen Anshutz. The registration form includes questions about the description of the building, as well as the history of ownership and uses of the houses in the past.

Menges said the library already receives regular inquiries from people wanting to know how to find out when their houses were built, and any history associated with the homes.

Menges said the Indiana Room will likely continue the project through 2013. For more information, email Menges at bmenges@nafclibrary.org.