Ever wonder what it was like to live in Latham during the early 1900s?
Well, Aimee Richardson, building director at Sheehy Manor, and her father, Bill Luther, have started a project through which they hope to compile artifacts, photos and other items to tell a story of what Latham was like prior to the 1970s.
“I’ve always kind of had an interest in Latham’s history,” said Luther, 68. “I remember when my grandparents and my parents told me stories. I wish I had the foresight to record some of the things they certainly knew of and talked about.”
Now, with the help of residents of Latham and Sheehy Manor, a Colonie Senior Services Center housing facility, Luther and his daughter are sending out a questionnaire to members of the senior community.
It asks questions of seniors, like where they used to hang out. They are questions meant to trigger memories of the past, Richardson said.
“We try to get specifics and pictures to back them up,” she said. “Things such as activities that used to take place around here are what we’re looking for.”
If a person is not able to fill out the questionnaire, Richardson said they would be more than willing to visit the person at their home and do an interview with them.
Luther said he’s not just looking for people to donate their photographs to the cause, he’s even looking for artifacts such as school report cards or even items from a scrap drive in the town. Richardson said they also would love to know about what went on in the various neighborhoods in Latham and what businesses were around. What she is really interested in hearing, though, was what it was like for the WWII veterans.
“There are a lot of war heroes that have a lot of neat stories people would enjoy,” she said. “That’s the fun part. I’ve lived in Latham my whole life and every time I sit down with people and talk about the past I learn something new. It’s very cool.”