In collaboration with the Erie County Bicentennial Committee (EC200), the Buffalo History Museum will hold EC200 coin redemption days March 2 through April 2. The coins feature the EC200 logo on one side and, on the other, Old County Hall, as inspired by artist Lawrence D. McIntyre’s pen-and-ink sketch from his Buffalo News Sunday series “Area Landmarks.”
The coins will be available at the museum’s front desk while supplies last to those who participated in the EC200 heritage passport, attended an EC200 event, or visited the museum’s newest exhibit, “Continuum: A History of Erie County.”
“The Erie County Bicentennial Committee is looking forward to this inclusive event with many of our partnering organizations, including the Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York, the International Institute of Buffalo, and the Black Rock Historical Society,” said Casimiro D. Rodriguez Sr., EC200 chairman for diversity, equity and inclusion. “This is part of EC200's collaborative effort to engage residents and visitors in educational resources, community activities, and countywide initiatives that inform, inspire and entertain during the county's observance of the 200th anniversary of its founding.”
Several partnering organizations are scheduled to be at the Museum on Wednesdays and Saturdays to talk about their programming, including Alden Historical Society, Black Rock Historical Society, Council of Heritage and Arts of India, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve, Town of Cheektowaga Historical Association & Museum, The International Institute of Buffalo, Explore & More and the Lancaster NY Historical Society.
“We are pleased to be able to use these coin redemption events to showcase many other organizations in Erie County which, like The Buffalo History Museum, are dedicated to preserving and telling the stories of the people and places which have helped to form the county over the past 200 years,” Museum Executive Director Melissa Brown said.
The museum is open with “pay what you wish” admission 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.