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Imagining Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

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Imagining Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

A lecture/discussion series held every Tuesday in the Central Library
Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Art, Architecture, History and Nature (C-SAAHN) in conjunction with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

The Winter 2012 lecture series takes place live at the downtown Central Library beginning at Noon.  All events are free and open to the public.

1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays - "IMAGINE The Arts as a 2nd Language: WHY DO THE ARTS MATTER?"

2nd & 4th Tuesdays - "IMAGINE Buffalo Niagara as a Bi-National Cultural Center: Why Does History and/or Nature Matter?"

Est. 2009 as a unique digital enterprise and network designed to help link volunteers and lifelong learning communities as part of the
"Buffalo-Chautauqua Idea: Exploring American Legacy"

Dennis Galucki, Founder & Coordinator


Tuesday, October 18: Mark Croce

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Tuesday, October 18: Mark CroceTuesday, October 18: Mark Croce
Theme: Why Does Preservation Matter?

Mark Croce is President of Statler City and owner/developer of the Statler Building. In this recording, Croce leads a tour of the site (see photos), currently under renovation, to more than 150 attendees. The Statler Hotel will be featured during the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference. (Note: Audio includes construction sounds.)

Recorded on: October 18, 2011
Playing time: 54:26

Tuesday, October 11: Robert Skerker

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Tuesday, October 11: Robert Skerker Tuesday, October 11: Robert Skerker
Theme: Why Does Preservation Matter?

Robert Skerker is Co-Coordinator of the 2011 National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference taking place in Buffalo, October 19-22. Speaking on the conference’s theme of Alternating Currents, he provided an overview of planning efforts and highlighted the programs and tours intended to showcase the host city and its neighborhoods. The event is on target to attract more than 2,000 historic preservation professionals and is expected to boost the region’s cultural tourism industry.

Recorded on: October 11, 2011
Playing time: 58:19

Tuesday, October 4: Howard Zemsky

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Tuesday, October 4: Howard ZemskyTuesday, October 4: Howard Zemsky
Theme: Why Does Preservation Matter?

Howard Zemsky, Managing Partner, Taurus Capital Partners, is involved in many local projects including the restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex and rehabilitation of the Larkin District. His presentation offered a businessperson’s perspective on rebranding efforts in and around Buffalo that are focused on the region’s art, architecture, and history.

Recorded on: October 4, 2011
Playing time: 55:15

Tuesday, September 27: Molly Quackenbush

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Tuesday, September 27: Molly QuackenbushTuesday, September 27: Molly Quackenbush
Theme: Why Does Preservation Matter?

Molly Quackenbush is Executive Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, now celebrating its 40th anniversary as a museum. One of the earliest examples of a preservation success story, the Inaugural Site continues to be a relevant and vibrant community asset. Using it as a case study, Quackenbush considered three reasons to preserve: it builds pride, creates a draw for tourists, and effects positive community change.

Recorded on: September 27, 2011
Playing time: 52:56

Tuesday, September 20: Beverly (Bonnie) Foit-Albert

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Tuesday, September 20: Beverly (Bonnie) Foit-AlbertTuesday, September 20: Beverly (Bonnie) Foit-Albert
Theme: Why Does Preservation Matter?

Beverly (Bonnie) Foit-Albert is founder and President of the architectural firm Foit-Albert Associates. She is also Associate Professor Emeritus of Historic Preservation at UB's School of Architecture and Planning. The concept of adaptive reuse, Chautauqua Institution, and the value of National Register of Historic Places status are some of the topics discussed in this presentation.

Recorded on: September 20, 2011
Playing time: 56:01

Tuesday, September 13: Doug Swift

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Tuesday, September 13: Doug SwiftTuesday, September 13: Doug Swift
Theme: Why Does Preservation Matter?

Doug Swift, President of Roycroft Campus Corporation, focused on restoration efforts at Roycroft Campus in anticipation of the October 2011 National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference in Buffalo. Set in East Aurora, the uniquely American “Arts and Crafts” style community developed by Elbert Hubbard is an excellent example of preservation as an economic development tool.

Recorded on: September 13, 2011
Playing time: 57:35

Tuesday, September 6: Mary Jean Jakubowski

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Tuesday, September 6: Mary Jean JakubowskiTuesday, September 6: Mary Jean Jakubowski
Theme: Why Does Preservation Matter?

Mary Jean Jakubowksi was recently appointed Director of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. Her presentation reflected on the importance of libraries as the System celebrates 175 years of service. Many of the Library’s treasures were highlighted and the challenge of securing long-term financial stability was addressed.

Recorded on: September 6, 2011
Playing time: 47:49

Friday, June 24: Chris Collins

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Friday, June 24: Chris CollinsFriday, June 24: Chris Collins
Theme: Imagine Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

Erie County Executive Chris Collins gave a presentation based on the county’s vision: "Erie County will be a world class community where people want to live, businesses want to locate and tourists want to visit." A lengthy and lively Q&A session followed.

Recorded on: June 24, 2011
Playing time: 72:10

Tuesday, June 21: Edythe "Kitty" Turgeon

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Tuesday, June 21: Edythe "Kitty" TurgeonTuesday, June 21: Edythe "Kitty" Turgeon
Theme: Why are Buffalo Niagara’s Art, Architecture, History, and/or Nature Important?

For over 40 years, Roycroft Campus Historian and Innkeeper "Kitty” Turgeon has helped preserve and tell the Arts & Craft ideals that Elbert Hubbard gave expression to as part of the Roycroft Complex at East Aurora. This presentation explains and examines the importance of the ideas and the people involved in the Arts & Craft Movement.

Recorded on: June 21, 2011
Playing time: 45:38

Tuesday, June 14 : Anthony Bannon

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Tuesday, June 14 : Anthony BannonTuesday, June 14 : Anthony Bannon
Theme: Imagine Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

Anthony “Tony” Bannon is the Director of the George Eastman House in Rochester. His presentation, Imagine Buffalo Rochester in the 21st Century, focused on the importance of culture to Buffalo and Rochester. There is a need to creatively encourage its development to support current and future enjoyment.

Recorded on: June 14, 2011
Playing time: 53:49

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