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Congressman Brian Higgins announced The Buffalo History Museum was awarded $144,518 in American Rescue Plan funding to support the continuation of programs and protection of local jobs during the pandemic.
“I had the opportunity to visit The Buffalo History Museum twice in the last couple months and each visit provides a new appreciation for the historic museum itself as well as the engaging nature of its diverse collections,” Higgins said. “Cultural institutions play an essential role in Western New York’s economy and quality of life. This federal funding helps keep people working and continues public access to all the History Museum offers.”
Buffalo History Museum Executive Director Melissa Brown said, “In light of COVID-19, the community now has expanded options to access and learn from our region’s history through the museum’s online programs, virtual tours, a podcast series, and more. With the continued support of this American Rescue Plan Funding, the museum can ensure staff are able to not only maintain, but build on these new, innovative services for our community.”
In March, Higgins voted to approve the American Rescue Plan, which included $135 million to the National Endowment for the Humanities for the purpose of helping cultural organizations and educational institutions recover, reopen and maintain their workforce.
The Buffalo History Museum has been one of Western New York's premier historical organizations since 1862. For more information on exhibits and hours, visit buffalohistory.org.