Thronateeska archives more than just about preserving history

Thronateeska archives more than just about preserving history

“We call this the cage. It's where we keep our oldest records,” says Archivist Allison Young.  
Everything from old newspapers to city documents can be found in Thronateeska's archives.

“The newspaper that Nelson Tift published,” says Young
Some papers dating back to the mid 1800s.

Even those by Nelson Tift, who is credited with founding Albany and publishing this first newspaper the Albany patriot."We also have city minutes, resolutions, ordinances, things of that sort," says Young.
And they keep other things like pictures and old civil war letters. In fact, 100 years ago, the Albany Herald reported a pretty rowdy Christmas Eve.
"They said there were at least 20 calls for police assistance before 1 am on Christmas Day. Most of them were just drunk and disorderly, nothing major,” She says.

"Oh we have train schedules in here as well. And it's a sign of a different era.
You can buy stew meat for nine cents a pound
To think most people didn't even own a telephone.
"And the phone number, it was funny. Only three digits back then. It was 175 because not very many people had phones around town at the time. So you would just pick up the phone and tell the operator I want number 175," says Young.
Allison Young says the best part about her job is helping people learn more about Albany because the archives is not just about preserving history, but building a connection to where you live.
"It helps you know where you can from. It creates that sense of community because if you don't know where things used to be, who was here, what happened, than it's just any other building, any other street," she says.
The public is invited to come and look through the records.

Young says they prefer people who would like to review the records to call and make an appointment.
You can contact the Thronateeska Heritage Center at 229-432-6955.

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