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The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center
Classroom Building C222
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222
716-878-5998

Announcements

Alpha Kappa Alpha: Buffalo Chapter

The center has begun to digitize and archive the records of the Buffalo chapter of AKA, the oldest Greek-letter organization established in America by Black college women.

For further information on the group, visit their main website here.

North Ridge United Methodist Church

The center is finalizing the digitzation and archiving of the records of the North Ridge United Methodist Church. This project was brought to the center with coordination of longtime friend of the center, Pete Ames.

The North Ridge Church is one of the oldest in Niagara County, and its Greek Revival cobblestone building dates to 1848. The church was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

Included in the materials received are the records of the East Wilson Church, which was absorbed by North Ridge in 1964.

Monday Quarterback Club

The MFRHC will be archiving and digitizing the collection of the Monday Quarterback Club throughout the summer and fall.

The Monday Quarterback Club, originally known as the Touchdown Club, was formed in 1960 by a group of Buffalo business people who met for lunch with Bills' owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. on Mondays following Bills' home games. They talked about the team and how to support it. As membership grew, speakers were invited.

Changing the name to the Monday Quarterback Club in 1979, the Club continues to meet on selected Mondays during the season, and also hosts other special events.

Members share these things in common: a passion for the Bills and professional football in Western New York; a desire to network among their business peers; and a staunch support of the Bills and the enjoyment of talking and hearing about the team and NFL football.

Update: History & Social Studies Ed. Department Chair Dr. Andrew Nicholls and Projects Assistant Chris Root spoke to the MQC at their 11/9/15 meeting on the status of the project and what interesting materials have been found.

Heath House Publication

The MFRHC is proud to release it's latest publication - Frank Lloyd Wright's Scholarly Clients: William and Mary Heath by Patrick Mahoney, AIA. The book is a great source of information of the Buffalo landmark that has remained as a private home on Soldiers Place constructed between 1904-1905. Full of fantastic and rare photos, the book also documents the construction of the Frank Lloyd Wright Filling Station at the Pierce-Arrow Transportation Museum, which was originally designed for William Heath.

Here is a list of retailers currently carrying the book:

Buffalo History Museum
Darwin Martin House
Graycliff Giftshop
Buffalo State Bookstore
Pierce-Arrow Transportation Museum

Email the center about purchasing inquiries at rootcp@buffalostate.edu

Niagara Falls Church Records Digitization Project

The Church of the Redeemer Episcopal collection is now available here.

First Unitarian Universalist Church is now available here.

Dr Monroe Fordham

The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center, established at Buffalo State College by former President Muriel Howard, continues and expands the archival collection work begun more than thirty years ago by Dr. Monroe Fordham. It serves as a resource for the History Department's vibrant academic life and brings together teaching materials including newspapers, documentary videos and slide collections for classroom use. The Center also functions as a place to prepare research materials for ongoing short term projects.

The mission of the Center is to promote understanding of regional history and foster its inclusion into local school curricula, and to make historical resources accessible to students, scholars, and community groups. This mission is sustained through collaboration with community groups and other local archival resources to actively preserve and disseminate historically significant documents of persons and institutions that contributed to western New York history.

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