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Historic Concordia Cemetery's 160th Anniversary Event

Saturday, July 27, 2019, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM


To celebrate its 160th anniversary, Historic Concordia Cemetery, 438 Walden Avenue at Sycamore Street, Buffalo, 14211, will host presentations focusing on Buffalo experiences on July 27, 2019 at 11 a.m.. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
The Great Migration; tombstone art, carvings and symbolism; and the effect of World War I on Buffalo's people of German heritage will be examined in talks.
Historian, columnist, educator and community activist Eva M. Doyle will be the featured speaker who will talk about the Great Migration of African-Americans to Buffalo and will share her personal family story. A writer for The Criterion's "Eye of History" weekly column and The Buffalo News, Ms. Doyle is the author of 11 books and the host of "Eye on History" on WUFO 1080AM and 96.5 FM radio.
If you have ever wondered what the flowers, symbols, trees, angels and lambs on the beautiful Victorian age tombstones at Concordia mean, local architectural historian Peter Filim along with Concordia volunteer photographer Rose LaJudice will share examples of these artworks and explain what they mean, how they were carved and materials that were used.
World War I had a huge impact on people of German heritage who lived in Buffalo. The war created an atmosphere of distrust and suspicion that fueled the creation of civilian groups to serve as lookouts for suspicious activity. We will examine what it was like to be a German-American during this trying time when the American Protective League operated all over the country.

Phone: (716) 892-2909

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438 Walden Avenue at Sycamore Street
Buffalo, NY 14211

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