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Higgins Announces Over $144,500 in American Rescue Plan Funding for the Buffalo History Museum

Oct 4, 2021
Press Release

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) announced The Buffalo History Museum has been awarded $144,518 in American Rescue Plan funding to support the continuation of programs and protection of local jobs during the pandemic.

“I had the opportunity to visit The Buffalo History Museum twice in the last couple months and each visit provides a new appreciation for the historic museum itself as well as the engaging nature of its diverse collections,” said Congressman Higgins. “Cultural institutions play an essential role in Western New York’s economy and quality of life. This federal funding helps keep people working and continues public access to all the History Museum offers.”

“In light of COVID-19, the community now has expanded options to access and learn from our region’s history through the Museum’s online programs, virtual tours, a podcast series, and more,” said Melissa Brown, Executive Director of The Buffalo History Museum. “With the continued support of this American Rescue Plan Funding, the Museum can ensure staff are able to not only maintain, but build on these new, innovative services for our community.”

In March, Congressman Higgins voted to approve the American Rescue Plan, which included $135 million to the National Endowment for the Humanities for the purpose of helping cultural organizations and educational institutions recover, reopen and maintain their workforce.

The Buffalo History Museum has been Western New York's premier historical organization since 1862. They are the keepers of the authentic stories that make our community unique. Their collections, exhibits and programs tell the stories of the people, events, and movements that demonstrate Western New York's essential place in shaping American history. For more information on The Buffalo History Museum’s exhibits and hours visit: buffalohistory.org.