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Buffalo historian Susan Eck presents 'Niagara Square: 200 Years of Movers and Shakers'


Fri, May 3rd 2019 07:00 am

Susan Eck will present her program, “Niagara Square: 200 Years of Movers and Shakers,” at The Niagara History Center at 2 pm. Thursday, May 23.

People think of Niagara Square as the location of large city, state and federal governmental buildings, but, in 1820, it was a suburb of the village of Buffalo, a crossroads hidden among old-growth trees. Learn how it became a handsome residential neighborhood for a handful of Buffalo’s leaders, and then evolved into the center of the growing city’s charitable organizations.

See how Frederick Law Olmsted circled the Square and marvel at the nearly unanimous decision by Buffalo's citizens that the heart of it was the perfect location for a memorial to the president who was assassinated in Buffalo. The city's movers and shakers made history in Niagara Square.

 Eck will explain it all in this 45-minute PowerPoint presentation.

She is a Native Western New Yorker and former UB administrator who has been a guest curator and has created virtual exhibits for the Buffalo History Museum. Eck has presented some other programs for the Niagara History Center, including a tour of “The Pan American Exposition” and “Women in WWI.”

This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, call The History Center at 716-434-7433, or stop by to 215 Niagara St., Lockport.

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