Hidden Charms: Hudson Valley Architectural Folk Magic

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On Sun., Oct. 18 from 1 to 2 p.m., the Albert Wisner Public Library will host a virtual program by architectural historian Walter Wheeler.  Mr. Wheeler will discuss objects hidden in buildings in our region as protective charms in the 17th and 18th centuries with focus on Dutch dwellings.  The presenter is a Senior Architectural Historian of Hartgen Associates in Rensselaer, NY. The program is appropriate for adults and teens

This program will be held on Zoom, registration is required.  Those who register will be emailed the Zoom meeting link on Sat., Oct. 17. To register, call the library’s Help Desk at 986-1047, option 3, or visit the library’s website at www.albertwisnerlibrary.org/content/hidden-charms-architectural-folk-magic-hudson-valley-virtual-zoom

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Objects were often hidden in buildings in the 17th & 18th centuries. Among the most commonly hidden “charms” were shoes.  These shoes from the Hoyt family were found in the walls of the KeyBank building next to Baird’s Tavern when it was being renovated.  They are now part of the Warwick Historical Society’s artifact collection.


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