The Alameda Architectural Preservation Society (AAPS), previously known as the Alameda Victorian Preservation Society (AVPS), was founded in 1972 and incorporated in 1975. The continuing goal of AAPS is to increase public awareness and appreciation of historic architecture in Alameda.
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The Education Committee of the Alameda Architectural Preservation Society (AAPS) announces its 2014 preservation project. “Return to Yesteryear: Family History Day” will take place on Saturday, January 25, 1-4 p.m. at the Meyers House & Gardens, 2021 Alameda Avenue in Alameda. Admission is $5 and gets attendees a “Passport to History” so they can see, learn, and do what people did in bygone days.
The event is open to everyone. A sampling of activities includes a Victorian scavenger hunt with Judith Lynch, architectural drawing with Rodrigo Orduna, butter making and toast soldiers with Chef Jacki Rosen, paper crafts with Martha Peck, wood graining techniques with Jim Smallman, and lots more. You can join the “Rooster Roster,” and have your picture taken with a chicken, courtesy of the Alameda Backyard Chicken Coop Society! All of this will take place in a beautifully renovated garden, complete with live music from olden times provided by Eben Dodd. To add to the atmosphere, Queen Victoria and others will stroll about in vintage attire. The Meyers House museum will be open that afternoon with tours by costumed docents, for an additional admission of $5.
The AAPS Education Committee was formed in 2011 to increase awareness of the importance of preservation in our community with a special emphasis on reaching kids and families. Over the past two years, the committee hosted a preservation contest for kids; participants entered essays and art projects on local landmarks. We think this year’s project will build on that success, as we reach out to schools throughout Alameda to encourage families to take part in this enticing event. If you would like to help with Family History Day or join our committee please contact us at judithal at comcast.net.