Sometimes, there’s no better way to keep history alive, than to promote it in the neighborhoods where it was made. Take, for example, Friends of the Buffalo Story’s ongoing directive to recreate and display historic images in full view of people as they get on with their daily lives. “In our continued effort to bring history alive in and at the places that it happened,” stated grassroots activist Mark Goldman. “The Friends of the Buffalo Story has partnered with the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (BAVPA) to create a heritage wall on Ferry Street. This wall will become the focal point of a whole range of school and community based learning activities dealing with the history of the neighborhood. These photos look awesome enlarged on the neighborhood walls.”
If you want to get people to embrace a city, they must first embrace their heritage in order to truly understand the struggles and accomplishments that led to where they are today. Neighborhoods bounding Ferry Street played significant roles in shaping our city. The people who lived and worked there are now being remembered, thanks to this very special tribute, and others like it, made possible by the research and the ‘can do’ attitude of organizations that understand that our resilient history is the foundation of our formative future.