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Personal stories bring Duanesburg history to life

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Personal stories bring Duanesburg history to life

Residents’ stories about what life was like growing up in the westernmost part of Schenectady County

Residents’ stories about what life was like growing up in the westernmost part of Schenectady County have been compiled into “Remembering the Town of Duanesburg,” published by the Duanesburg Historical Society.

One of the Historical Society’s Board of Directors, Pat Van Buren, is also a member of Scribblers, a memoir writing group associated with the Duanesburg Senior Meal site.

Van Buren said the senior writers enthusiastically joined in the project, which meshed perfectly with the historical society’s mission to gather local information and educate others. The society encourages community members to share their memories, stories and historical research about Duanesburg for the purpose of recording and acknowledging the history and the changing lifestyles of the community.

In total, the book contains 70 stories by 30 writers. The stories range from personal memories of what it was like to get electrical service on Weaver Road, to an account of Abigail Liddle’s life — she lived to be 104 — to an historical accounting of Duane’s Lake from the 1700s to the present day.

Some stories are about “household things, like doing laundry in the 1930s,” Van Buren said. All offer a unique perspective on village life.

The Reflections column on page 8 is one of the stories that appears in the book. It concerns a letter written during World War II.

The writers have great ideas on even more topics, Van Buren said, adding that she is already starting on Volume Two.

“Remembering the Town of Duanesburg” is available for $18 by contacting Van Buren at 895-2632.

An author’s reception will be held on Oct. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Quaker Street Library. The public is welcome and refreshments will be served.

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