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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, February 8: Melissa N. Brown

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Tuesday, February 8: Melissa N. BrownTuesday, February 8: Melissa N. Brown
Theme: Imagine Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

Melissa N. Brown is Executive Director of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, the eleventh director in the institution's 149-year history. She has also consulted on dozens of exhibits in local museums. Ms. Brown highlighted the direction she plans to lead the Historical Society and showed off some artifacts from the collection.

Recorded on: February 8, 2011
Playing time: 48:09

Tuesday, January 25: Jerold C. Bastedo

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Tuesday, January 25: Jerold C. Bastedo Tuesday, January 25: Jerold C. Bastedo
Theme: Why are Buffalo Niagara's Art, Architecture, History, and/or Nature Important?

Jerold C. Bastedo is Executive Director of Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center, Hamburg Natural History Society, Inc., a 54-acre outdoor educational site focusing on fossil collecting, geology, astronomy, birding, and other natural sciences. The Penn Dixie Site has hosted visitors from 39 states and 11 countries. It is poised to become a major lifelong learning center for students of all ages.

Recorded on: January 25, 2011
Playing time: 50:25

Tuesday, January 11: Julie O’Neill

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Tuesday, January 11: Julie O’NeillTuesday, January 11: Julie O’Neill
Theme: Imagine Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

Julie O'Neill, Executive Director of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, used visuals to outline the organization’s strategy for accomplishing its goals. Under O’Neill’s leadership, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper has grown from a one-person operation to 20 staff members managing several million dollars. An appreciative audience engaged in a lively Q&A session.

Recorded on: January 11, 2011
Playing time: 45:32

Tuesday, December 28: Rocco Termini

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Tuesday, December 28: Rocco TerminiTuesday, December 28: Rocco Termini
Theme: Why are Buffalo Niagara's Art, Architecture, History, and/or Nature Important?

Rocco Termini, President of Signature Development Corp., spoke about the challenges that face developers trying to preserve local buildings. Termini has led the local effort to develop abandoned buildings into successful apartment lofts.

Recorded on: December 28, 2010
Playing time: 53:01

Tuesday, December 14: Mark Mortenson

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Tuesday, December 14: Mark MortensonTuesday, December 14: Mark Mortenson
Theme: Imagine Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

Mark Mortenson, President and CEO of the Buffalo Museum of Science, spoke about the Museum, which is dedicated to the study and interpretation of the natural and physical sciences, and its new Master Plan. He also talked about Tifft Nature Preserve, the 264-acre urban wetland preserve that the Museum operates. Some unusual pieces from the Museum’s collection were shared with the audience.

Recorded on: December 14, 2010
Playing time: 52:16

Tuesday, November 23: Dottie Gallagher-Cohen

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Tuesday, November 23: Dottie Gallagher-CohenTuesday, November 23: Dottie Gallagher-Cohen
Theme: Why are Buffalo Niagara’s Art, Architecture, History, and/or Nature Important?

Dottie Gallagher-Cohen, President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau, presented a clear case for developing the fifth largest economic sector in our region -- tourism. Branding efforts since 2006 are paying off, based on viewing Buffalo as central to the region with many other attractions nearby, including Niagara Falls, Fort Niagara, Fort George and Fort Erie, Niagara-On-The-Lake, the Roycroft, and Chautauqua Institution. Every dollar invested in tourism has been shown to have a $25 return. A Q & A session followed, reinforcing the fact that the region’s future is rooted in the culture we are developing around our art, architecture, history, and nature.

Recorded on: November 23, 2010
Playing time: 51:18

Tuesday, November 9: Henry McCartney

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Tuesday, November 9: Henry McCartneyTuesday, November 9: Henry McCartney
Theme: Imagine Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

Henry McCartney is the Executive Director of Preservation Buffalo Niagara (PBN), host of the October 2011 National Trust for Historic Preservation National Conference in Buffalo. Plans for the conference and its importance to the community were discussed. A new 6 minute video sponsored by PBN and the Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau was created for the 2010 conference in Austin, TX.

Recorded on: November 9, 2010
Playing time: 44:34

Tuesday, October 26: Douglas W. DeCroix

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Tuesday, October 26: Douglas W. DeCroixTuesday, October 26: Douglas W. DeCroix
Theme: Why are Buffalo Niagara’s Art, Architecture, History, and/or Nature Important?

Douglas W. DeCroix, editor of the Western New York Heritage Press, pondered the "WHY?" question by observing the region's rich heritage and noting its treasures. Beautiful images from the Press’s archive collection served as a backdrop for this presentation. Preceding the lecture, former Press editor John Conlin received the 5th C-SAAHN Recognition Award for his lifetime of contributions "helping the community better see itself."

Recorded on: October 26, 2010
Playing time: 55:10

Tuesday, October 12: Dr. James A. Williams

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Tuesday, October 12: Dr. James A. WilliamsTuesday, October 12: Dr. James A. Williams
Theme: Imagine Buffalo Niagara in the 21st Century

Dr. James A. Williams, Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools, described some of the challenges he faces managing a large urban school system. The impact of changes in political leadership on programs affecting children is among the examples he cites.

Recorded on: October 12, 2010
Playing time: 50:18

Tuesday, September 28: Chuck LaChiusa

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Tuesday, September 28: Chuck LaChiusaTuesday, September 28: Chuck LaChiusa
Theme: Why are Buffalo Niagara’s Art, Architecture, History, and/or Nature Important?

Chuck LaChiusa, webmaster for Buffalo Architecture and History and C-SAAHN, challenged his audience to guess the name of various Buffalo landmarks from a close-up image of some point of detail. His presentation continuously demonstrated the close relationship, in all works shown, between the four elements of art, architecture, history, and nature. The Buffalo audience was hard to stump and seemed to enjoy the visual adventure and exploration.

Recorded on: September 28, 2010
Playing time: 44:51

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