(The graphics above and at the bottom of the page are adapted from an 1828 book of printing specimens produced by the A.W. Kinsley & Co. foundry in Albany)


Born and raised in Albany, New York.  Presently researching the history of the Albany Rural Cemetey.  A proud Whovian, long-time David Bowie fan who loves to cook. 

Above:  An autumn walk along Consecration Lake at the historic Albany Rural Cemetery.  Photo by Paula Lemire, 2014

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How to support the Albany Rural Cemetery

from the dedication page of Harriet Langdon Pruyn Rice's 1924 book, Harmanus Bleecker, an Albany Dutchman, 1779-1849


Albany Rural Cemetery:

Albany Rural Cemetery - An Exploration of History - albanyruralcemetery.blogspot.com

The Church Grounds - blog documenting the Church Grounds lot, the State Street Burying Grounds, and other old Albany graveyards which preceded the Rural - albanychurchgrounds.wordpress.com

Jeremiah Field and The Headstone That Was Not Lost

The Potter's Field - list of burials in the Potter's Field at the Albany Rural Cemetery

A Brief Overview of Historic African American Burials In Albany

All Over Albany - Eight short stories recalling the lives of-African-Americans buried in the Albany Rural Cemetery

NEW ARTICLE - All Over Albany - A Tour of (a few) Favorites


Web Sites: 

Official web site for Broadway actor and recording artist Hugh Panaro  - hugh-panaro.net


Other blogs:

Albany (NY Photo Blog - albanynydailyphoto.blogspot.com

Albany NY History blog - albanynyhistory.blogspot.com


Articles, Personal Essays, History, and Photos:

Visiting Vale - a photo tour of Schenectady's historic Vale Cemetery

The Old Store  - antique photos of a Sicilian immigrant's Albany store

 Madonna della Catena - vintage photo of a statue in the former St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Albany

 The Helderberg Hermit - Bouck White and the Helderberg Castle 

The Garden Gravestone - The mystery of a backyard headstone 

The Old Lady of St. Mary's Park - 1932 newspaper article about the widow of a cemetery caretaker

Haunted Albany - a compilation of local ghost stories 

The Lady In My Attic - a lovely old picture in fragments

The Church of The Holy Innocents - a compilation of historic details on the endangered church (NEW)

Why I Hate Hattie The Hitchhiker - an urban legend that haunts Albany Halloweens (NEW)

The Witch of Saratoga - a brief glimpse of a local legend (NEW)

The Ghost of 49 Ten Broeck Street - my favorite Albany haunting (NEW)

The Burying Places - Early Dutch Burial Grounds in Albany (NEW)

Publication credits (as PaulaAnne SharkeyLemire) include Chronogram, Hudson Valley Magazine, Kaatskill Life, Adirondac, The New Jersey Review of Literature, The Lonsdale, Canticle, Mandrake, Voices of Selene, Native Peoples Magazine, The Higginsville Reader, and New Hope Books.



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