Albany History Race 2016

APL albany history race logoThe Albany Public Library's Albany History Race returns September 24 and this year's event is focused on historic buildings. Blurbage:

Anyone interested in Albany's storied past is invited to participate in this "Amazing Race"-style scavenger hunt around the city. For this year's race, the Albany Public Library is partnering with Historic Albany Foundation and showcasing the endangered buildings of our city. Over the course of a couple of hours on that Saturday afternoon, teams will receive clues and location histories written by Historic Albany Foundation and dash around Albany making quick stops at historic locations. The final stop of the race is McGeary's Pub (4 Clinton Sq.) where all participating teams will receive 20 percent off their food and drink that day. The fastest teams will receive bragging rights and prizes from The Albany Distilling Company, Historic Albany Foundation, and other Albany businesses.

The event starts at 1 pm on Saturday, September 24. It's free to participate, but registration is required (registration starts September 1). See the link above for details.

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Wondering where I can see the results of the Albany History Race 2016…questions asks, and the answers and pictures.

@Roz - the APL posted a couple of photos to their Instagram, but there wasn't much follow-up at all.

I didn't race, but was down at McGeary's when the teams came in and saw the pamphlet given to them. This year, it wasn't clues and questions, though, but a list of historic buildings (the Rapp Road smoke house, Church of the Holy Innocents, etc.) and participants had to take photos at a required number of them. I think a copy of the list can be seen in the history room at the Washington Avenue branch.

(And congrats to Team Gravedigger for coming in first!)

It really was a race around Albany, as we had to go to the Rapp Road smokehouse, the cemetery on Krumkill, and 10 other sites from Historic Albany's list of endangered buildings within the was fun!

A giant thanks to APL, and now that I know there's a local history room in the main library, I'll be sure to visit.

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