WNYGS 40th Anniversary Luncheon and Lecture: Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Project

August 29, 2014 Updated Aug 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM EDT
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Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

September 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM until 1:30 PM

Location: Michael’s Banquet Facility, Emerald Room, 4885 Southwestern Blvd., Hamburg, NY 14075

Email: outreach@wnygs.org

Link: http://wnygs.org/meeting-2014-09.html

Event Description

August 29, 2014 Updated Aug 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM EDT

Join us as we reminisce, learn, share, and celebrate all the exciting things yet to come for the Society.

As part of this special milestone event, Western New York Genealogical Society will host University at Buffalo project members Dr. Joyce Sirianni, Dr. Douglas Perrelli, Dr. Rosanne Higgins, and Jennifer Liber Raines as they present “Forgotten People, Forgotten Places: The Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Project”.

When the skeletal remains of more than 380 individuals were discovered on the South Campus of the University at Buffalo in 2012, efforts were undertaken to better understand the institutional history, demographics, and experiences of the reported 181,000 individuals relieved at the Erie County Poorhouse complex.

Operating on Main Street in Buffalo, New York from 1851-1926, the Erie County Poorhouse served the poor, sick, disabled, and mentally ill in several capacities - as an almshouse, insane asylum, and hospital complete with maternity and consumptive wards.

This presentation will discuss the burials recovered, the historical resources available, and possible genealogical research strategies.

>> Open to the Public. Reservations Required.

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More on the Speakers:
• Joyce E. Sirianni, Ph.D.: SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Anthropology Department, University at Buffalo.
• Douglas Perrelli, Ph.D.: Adjunct professor, Anthropology Department, University at Buffalo; director and principal investigator for UB Archeological Survey.
• Rosanne Higgins, Ph.D: Scholar (Ph.D. in Anthropology from UB) and local author.
• Jennifer Liber Raines: Local historical and genealogical researcher.

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