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Buffalo, NY 14222
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National Register Initiative

The UUCB National Register Initiative

Most people think the work of a church historian must move as slow as molasses. That’s certainly not the case at our beloved church! A new exhibit is up in the Parish Hall display case titled, “The UUCB National Register Initiative: To Gain Recognition as a Historic Place Worthy of Preservation.” This is an informational exhibit that highlights the benefits of listing our 695 Elmwood edifice on the National Register of Historic Places. For illustrative purposes the exhibit also looks at houses of worship of various denominations in Buffalo that have been listed, as well as a selection of UU churches throughout the U.S. that have been listed. All benefit from the recognition that goes along with listing, and many have subsequently received building preservation grants. These are also the hoped-for results of the current initiative to list our church described by Tom Yots at the congregational meeting. For more information, please contact Rev. Margret or stay tuned for updates in future newsletters.

The new exhibit replaces one on the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s visit to the First Unitarian Church of Buffalo as a guest of Millard Fillmore, en route to his inauguration as U.S. President. Many will remember that a fascinating ceremony was held in our Sanctuary on 2/17 featuring a Lincoln reenactor to also mark the occasion. Even though the exhibit has been taken down I’m pleased to share the news that the ceremony will live on forever in a new publication by the National Park Service titled, “Abraham Lincoln’s Inaugural Journey.” Thanks to event planning by Molly Quackenbush and Mark Lozo of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, the ceremony at our church was a great success and it is fabulous to see it covered in this new book in full color. Please stop by the Church Library to review the publication, generously provided to us by Mrs. Quackenbush, at your convenience!

Bill Parke, Church Historian