September 2014 Program

Legacy-Erie County Poorhouse Complex

The WNYGS 40th Anniversary Luncheon & Lecture:
“Forgotten People, Forgotten Places: The Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Project”

Saturday, September 20, 2014
> 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

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

Program Details:
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, WNYGS 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, historical resources available, and genealogical research strategies.

The event is open to the public, and reservations are required. The luncheon ticket price is $16 per person. Click here to download a PDF version of the registration form. Please note all registrations must be received no later than September 13, 2014.

More on the Presenters:
• 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.

*These speakers will receive no compensation for their appearance..

Last updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014