Congressman Brian Higgins spoke from the Floor of the House of Representatives to mark the official move of the "Inside Tim Russert's Office" exhibit from the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to The Buffalo History Museum.
This week, the exhibit is in the process of being taken down and will be transported to Western New York. An expanded exhibit, including a special focus on Russert's South Buffalo roots, is expected to open at The Buffalo History Museum in the fall.
Buffalo History Museum Executive Director Melissa Brown said, "Since 1862, The Buffalo History Museum has safeguarded the artifacts and stories that make Western New York unique. It serves as a vibrant community center - with doors wide-open for everyone to share their stories and discover their connection to its rich past. The Buffalo History Museum will honor, keep and share Russert's legacy with the same pride he embraced whenever he spoke about his hometown."
The text of Higgins' remarks is below:
"Mr. Speaker, since 2008, the 'Inside Tim Russert's Office' exhibit has been on display at the Newseum here in Washington, D.C. This week, the exhibit is in the process of relocating to The Buffalo History Museum in Western New York.
"This unique mix of personal and professional pieces of Tim's life will represent a homecoming as he was born, raised and began his career in government in Buffalo, New York. Even after moving to Washington, D.C., he never forgot his hometown and his dedication to his beloved Buffalo Bills. Whether working in politics, or in journalism, Tim Russert made Western New York proud as he exemplified the values that he learned right in our own community - love of family, faith, community and country.
"Mr. Speaker, it has been my honor to work with the Russert family, The Buffalo History Museum and the Newseum in making this homecoming a reality. We eagerly await the debut of this expanded exhibit in the fall, including additional pieces that reflect Tim's South Buffalo roots and the story of Buffalo, the city he never forgot."