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TRANSCRIPT: The Story of a House

[song Dream Team by Lazerbeak]
[Image of text This is our house superimposed over walking up the front walk to the front door of a house in the city]
[Image of text It is quite old superimposed over the same image as viewer gets closer to the door]
[Image of text We wondered who lived in it superimposed over the same image as viewer arrives at the door]
[Image of text And how they spent their days superimposed over the same image as the view zooms in on the door handle]
[Image of text So we went to the library superimposed over image of the three season front porch]


[Image of text So we went to the library superimposed over the Minneapolis Central Library's foyer as a man and woman walk in]
[Image of a man and a woman walking up the library stairs]
[Image of a man and a woman walking through the wooden arched doors of the Special Collections department]


[Image of a male librarian at the information desk greeting the man and woman]
>>LIBRARIAN: Hello
>>WOMAN: Hi
>> LIBRARIAN: How can I help you today?


[Image of woman and man stopping to speak to the librarian]
>>WOMAN: So we're curious
We live in Longfellow neighborhood
We're curious about our house which is from 1907


[Image cuts to medium shot of librarian speaking to them]
>>LIBRARIAN: Well we get your address
And we get the permit card
And the permit card will tell us who built it
And some changes that were done to the house
And then from there
We usually can go look at the city directories
To find out who lived there


[song Ode to Portland's Finest by OME]
[Image of text Step #1: Locate the permit card superimposed over librarian leading man and woman toward book shelves]
[Image of librarian opening door to file room]
[Image of librarian opening drawer to locate permit card]
[Image of librarian handing permit card to man]


[Image of librarian pointing to text on permit card as he reads it aloud]
>>LIBRARIAN: This lists the house when it was first built
1907
[Image of man glancing up at camera]
>>MAN: Yes, it's true


[Image cuts to close up of the permit card held by the man while the librarian point out information]
>>LIBRARIAN:These two guys are probably the most interesting
Cause you have a house built and then in 1912


[Image zooms out into medium shot of librarian and man examining the permit card]
They built the foundation under it, afterwards
So they may have lifted it up put a foundation under it
And then put the house back on it


[Image of text Stuff we'd learned so far:]
[Image of additional text appears Our house was built before its foundation (weird!)]
[Image of additional text appears At some point, a guy named James Stanley lived there]
[Image of text Which led us to wonder...]
[Image of text Who was James Stanley?]


[song Start Again by OME]
[Image of librarian kneeling by lowest shelf of book case while man stands nearby holding book]
[Image of text Step #2: Look homeowner up in directory superimposed over this image as librarian pulls book off of shelf and stands up and man replaces his book on shelf]
[Image of man opening book on top of book case while librarian stands next to him]


[Image closes in on page of directory with librarian's hand pointing to specific entry]
>>LIBRARIAN: No James Stanley, but there's a Jacob at the same addressmarried to Maud


[Image of text We learned more stuff superimposed over close up of directory page]
[Image of text He was a watchman! superimposed over close up of directory page with arrow pointing to relevant text]
>>LIBRARIAN: Sometimes the directories get the names wrong
[Image of text He was married to Maud! superimposed over close up of directory page with arrow pointing to relevant text]
>>LIBRARIAN: But I think it makes sense to look for Maud Stanley in the 1930 census


[Image of text Step #3: Cross check with census records superimposed over man standing near table with librarian next to him]
[Image of man seating himself at table with computer]


[Image of text That's where we found out... superimposed over computer's census record screen]
[Image of text Maud was 15 years younger than James superimposed over database's census record screen]
[Image of text They had no kids superimposed over digital image of census page]
[Image of text He was Irish superimposed over digital image of census page]
[Image of text She was English superimposed over digital image of census page]
[Image of text And the house was worth...superimposed over digital image of census page]
[Image of additional text appears A whopping $3,000! superimposed over digital image of census page]


[Image of text We learned a lot by taking our house to the library]
[Image of text What will you find out?]
[Image of additional text appears hclib.org/specialcollections]
[Image of text Music: "Dream Team" by Lazerbeak "Ode to Portland's Finest" by OME "Start Again by OME]


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