This Sunday, the public is invited to attend a very special occasion in Black Rock. The event is a dedication for the Black Rock Historical Society’s Traveling Museum. The event will take place at the Buffalo Religious Arts Center at 157 East Street on May 20, 2012 at 2:00 PM. The occasion is intended to celebrate both the past and the future of Black Rock. It’s also an amazing opportunity to check out the Buffalo Religious Arts Center. According to Historic Preservation Committee Member and Founding Member Black Rock Historical Society, Doreen DeBoth, “This is just one of the accomplishments that our newly formed historical society has completed within the past year. We’ve also installed 9 permanent historic markers in Black Rock so far with 6 more to go that will be installed within the next few weeks (4 were in collaboration with the Olmsted Parks Conservancy). Also completed are 8 murals that reflect the area’s history. These are located at Tonawanda Street and Amherst Street. In addition to all this, we produced a website, a brochure and two videos that will be previewed at this event.
“Our Historic Preservation Committee has worked very hard trying to accomplish all this within the year with funding from the Nigara Greenway Commission to mark the War of 1812 Trail. The public is gernerally not aware of the importance Black Rock played in this war or that it was also burned along with Buffalo on Dec. 30, 1813. Therefore,the Black Rock Historical Society in conjunction with the Black Rock Riverside Good Neighbors Planning Alliance’s Historic Preservation committee invites everyone to the dedication of its new traveling museum. The museum consists of four panels dedicated to the War of 1812 battles and battle sites in Black Rock and six panels featuring historic locations and buildings in Black Rock’s historic Market Square district. All ten panels contain photos and explanatory text. Accompanying the exhibit will be two 5 minute videos on the War of 1812 and the Market Square district.