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A brief presentation by Albany Mayor Rochelle Nason
Sunday March 10, 2019  2:00 p.m.
Albany Library 1247 Marin Ave. Albany 
Have you ever passed the statue of a torch in the middle of the Key Route median at Solano, and wondered “what is that thing anyway?”
You may have answered yourself, “it must be some kind of war memorial.”
In fact it is not a war memorial, although it was created during the Korean War and it stands in front of Albany’s World War II memorial.
Curious? Come hear about the forgotten history of this prominent Albany landmark.
All are welcome to attend the Historical Society’s annual meeting before the talk at 1:30 p.m.


The Annual Meeting of the Albany Historical Society was on Sunday, January 31 from 1:00 - 3:00 in the Edith Stone Room of the Albany Library. 
After a brief business meeting and election of the board of directors there was a recognition and thank you
 to local Veterans. 

We had a successful walking tour to the location of AHS’s Albany Garbage Wars plaque. A special shout out to Robin Mariona for her help in facilitating the tour and to Karen Sorensen for her deft leadership and knowledge of the Albany Garbage Wars. Their efforts made for an informative and enjoyable morning outing.  

Adele Bachman shared memories of Albany Hospital

Several dozen people gathered in the Edith Stone Room of the Albany Library on Sunday, June 3, 2012 to celebrate and remember Albany Hospital.  Many of the participants reminisced about their children or their siblings being born at the hospital. Children were not allowed into the maternity ward so newborn infants were often held up in the window so siblings could see their new brother or sister.

Charles Haller, the nephew of Nurse Mary Ann Le Match, spoke of the early days of the hospital.  Nurse LeMatch purchased the hospital in the early 1930’s and changed the name from Humboldt Hospital to Albany Hospital. During the War, Albany Hospital expanded the maternity ward to meet the increased demand.

Cassie Borgnino Dusterdick spoke of the work of her late father, Dr. Borgnino.  He along other local doctors purchased and ran the Hospital providing outstanding medical care to their patients. They built a reputation of excellence at Albany Hospital.

One participant proudly announced she was born at Albany Hospital exactly 71 years ago today and shared with the audience her baby book.

Ray Gonzalves reminded the gathering the AFD held Civil Defense Drills at the hospital and taught nurses how to use fire extinguishers.

The Albany Hospital plaque, which was donated to the City of Albany on May 21, will be installed in front of the Community Center in the coming weeks.  We are grateful to everyone who participated in our dedication event.

Charles Haller shared memories of the early days of Albany Hospital


Mayor Javandel accepts the Albany Hospital plaque from AHS President Joan Larson

Kim giving the City the Garbage Wars plaque


The newest generation of Little Leaguers enjoyed the March 2012 Storytelling Day which focused on Albany Little League.

Gene Hellwig was an umpire for many years.

On Sunday, March 18, the Edith Stone Room at the Albany Community Center was filled with laughter as memories of the Albany Little League were shared by former coaches, League officials and even one umpire.

Board Member Marsha Skinner with Bill Lewis, former Little League Coach


The Albany Police Department recentlyreleased their Biennial Report 2013-2014.  Included in this report is an interesting history of the Albany Police Department.  

Click here to download the Biennial Report

Early Albany Library on Solano Ave

The Albany Historical Society, the Friends of the Albany Library, the City of Albany and the Alameda County Library celebrated the Albany Library's 100th birthday on Sunday, January 26, 2014.  A large crowd gathered to remember the "old library" on Solano and applaud the 20 year anniversary of the current library.  It was a wonderful afternoon enjoyed by generations of library lovers.

AHS Donated a Plaque to the Library Honoring the Centennial


Walt Corvello and Peter Schakow sharing Scouting memories.
 Youth Group Story Telling
The Historical Society took over Albany City Hall on Sunday July 31.  The afternoon of stories and memories of past and present youth activities was extremely successful. Highlighted were  Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Sea Scouts, Blue Birds, Camp Fire, Cub Scouts and Brownies. Everyone had a wonderful time examining old scrapbooks and uniforms and chatting with friends.


Marge Keck remembering days of being a Girl Scout Leader


Don Ford, Boy Scout Troop14


Adam Osborn former Scout and parent of a Cub Scout

Ocean View Becomes Albany Revisited


“Shall we, or shall we not, change the name of our fair town”, is the question that was asked in Ocean View in late October 1909. The citizens voted on October 30th of that year to change the name to Albany to avoid confusion with another California town which had earlier chosen the name of Ocean View. The town trustees talked it over and Mayor Frank Roberts suggested the name of Albany after his birthplace of Albany New York. This proposition was accepted by the voters and the change was filed by Alameda County in the ensuing few weeks.

The Albany Historical Society commemorated this event on October 25th, 2009. Included in the celebration was the presentation to the City of Albany of a Historic Time Capsule to be opened in 2059 and Four Historic Site plaques.


Time capsule given by the Historical Society to the City of Albany


Ruth Ganong in period dress

Learning from Albany's Past

The overcast sky and cooler temperatures did not dampen the spirits of Albany's favorite story tellers in Memorial Park on Sunday, September 19, 2010.  The audience of all ages was held spellbound as long time residents spoke of the red train, the San Francisco Ferry, favorite restaurants and fond memories of attending school in Albany.  The common thread for all of the story tellers was the community spirit in Albany -  people helping each other through difficult times.  Many folks mentioned they moved to Albany because the house prices were the lowest in the area.  Thank you to each of you for a great afternoon. Thanks also to Transition Albany for partnering with us on this event.


Maury Segerberg


Rain didn't dampen the spirits of the story tellers


Eldon Wolf, Ray Gonsalez, and Walt Corvello

Albany Historical Society