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Forest Lawn and the War of 1812

Forest Lawn and the War of 1812

Margaret St. John moved to the frontier village of Buffalo in 1810 with her husband, who was killed in 1813, leaving her a widow with nine children. When British troops began to burn the village on December 30, 1813, she refused to flee, bravely demanding of British officers that they save her home and family. When the siege ended, hers was the only house still standing.

Come learn about this brave woman and other permanent residents of Forest Lawn who played a role in the War of 1812, at Forest Lawn's final Sunday In The Cemetery lecture of the 2010-2011 season.  It takes place on Sunday, April 10 at 2:00 p.m. in the historic Forest Lawn chapel.

Presenter Patrick Kavanagh, Forest Lawn Historian and Buffalo history scholar, will discuss the role of some of the cemetery’s permanent residents in the War of 1812, as well as the importance of nearby neighborhoods during that time.

PETropolitan Auction of Art to benefit the Maddie's Pet Rescue Project

PETropolitan Auction of Art to benefit the Maddie's Pet Rescue Project

Unite the art-lover with the animal-lover in you at the PETropolitan Auction of Art on March 31, 2011 at Asbury Hall, 341 Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.  The evening will feature more than 80 pieces of animal-inspired artwork from talented local artists as well as hors d’ouevres, desserts and drinks.

The PETropolitan kicks off at 6:00pm with a silent auction of framed photographs, paintings and jewelry.  At 8:00pm, the highlight of the evening begins: a live auction by Cash Realty & Auctions that will include works by nationally celebrated photographer William Wegman and Polly Little, Development Development for Hallwalls.  Proceeds will benefit the Maddie’s® Pet Rescue Project’s efforts to end the euthanasia of shelter dogs and cats in Erie County with treatable medical conditions.

The Maddie’s® Pet Rescue Project is a collaboration by the SPCA; City of Buffalo Animal Shelter; Black Dog, Second Chance; HEART; Se

The Park School to be honored by Women and Childrens Hospital of Buffalo

The Park School was chosen this year to create works of art for Women and Childrens Hospital of Buffalo.  Our talanted artists and their families will be honored at a reception at the hospital on March 26, 2011.  This WCHOB program is a great way to connect to young people and families who are served by the hospital and the community at large. Visit www.WCHOB.org

Park School to Hold Orchestra Concert

Park School to Hold Orchestra Concert

The Park School of Bufffalo will hold a concert on Wednesday, March 16,201 at 7:00 pm.  The concert call "Alphabet Soup" will be held on the Park Campus 4625 Harlem Road, in Amherst.  All are welcome.  For more information call 839-1243 X 100.

Lend Your Talents to Research, at the Historical Society

Lend Your Talents to Research, at the Historical Society

Genealogy research is a hot topic these days, and the Research Library at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society is one of the busiest resources in the area. We are looking for various volunteers, with various skill-sets, to help computerize our obituary card index for online access. We are undertaking this project so that we can keep up with the volume of requests we get for obituaries and death notices.

We are seeking those with an interest in genealogy, skill in research, data entry, microfilm and/or administrative work, to volunteer on this project. There are three specific "jobs" that we need volunteers to do.

1. Data Entry

Duties include entering names, death dates, newspaper citations, and other information into a computerized database.

Skills include:

Niagara Wine Trail March 11 - 13: March is Murder!

Niagara Wine Trail March 11 - 13: March is Murder!

"Who Bounced the Bouncer?"
A 1920's Speakeasy Murder Mystery
A mystery is afoot! Collect the clues and interview a different character suspect at each winery on the trail to solve the murder mystery. Submit your guess at your last winery. Correct guesses will be entered in a drawing to win some great prizes. (You do not need to visit each winery to submit your guess).

"I Never Saw Another Butterfly" All-Girls Performance Puts Spotlight on Holocaust

"I Never Saw Another Butterfly" All-Girls Performance Puts Spotlight on Holocaust

BUFFALO, NY – For its 2011 spring theatrical production, Buffalo Seminary will present “I Never Saw Another Butterfly." Written by Celeste Raspanti, the play is based on a book of poems and drawings done by the Jewish children of Terezin.