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Contact: Vivien Rose, 315.568.0007
The HUNT for the HUNTS, a year-long search into attics and public records for clues of the family, activities and networks of Richard P. Hunt, 1797-1856, kicks off on March 3 at 2 PM. at the Hunt House, 401 East Main Street in Waterloo. The project is a cooperative venture of the Waterloo Library and Historical Society and Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Hunt, a nineteenth-century Waterloo developer, built many of the village’s brick houses and Waterloo’s Shoppe Mall. He was also a trustee of the Waterloo Woolen Company, now Evans Chemetics. His house is nationally famous as the planning site for the first women’s rights convention held in the United States.
"We know that the Hunt Family had major influence on the development of Waterloo, but what were they like as people? How did their children affect the area? What did their home and community look like? What clues have they left us and what do they have to teach us about today?," said Vivien Rose, Chief of Cultural Resources at Women’s Rights National Historical Park. The park is currently studying documents and physical evidence related to the Hunt House. "As we research the Hunt House to determine its historic appearance, we invite the public to help us learn as much as we can about the people who lived there," said Rose.
Information about the involvement of the Hunt Family in the Underground Railroad, images of artifacts related to the family, research about the Hunt House, and plans for the coming year will be shared at the event. "We’d like to involve the entire community in learning more about this fascinating family," said Jim Hughes, Director of Museums for the Waterloo Library and Historical Society. For more information, call Rose at 568-0007 or Hughes at 539-0533.