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Author to detail research into Buffalo’s 19th century poor

Learn how authors make history come alive in a presentation of “Libraries, Ledgers and Graveyards: Unearthing the Facts Behind Historical Fiction” with author Rosanne Higgins from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 29 at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main St.

Higgins is the author of “Orphans and Inmates” and “A Whisper of Bones,” novels based on the residents of Buffalo’s 19th century poor house and the cemetery where they were buried, now part of the University at Buffalo South Campus.

Higgins will explain the research that led to her book series, which tells the stories of immigrants and other poor people of Buffalo during its time of rapid growth as an inland port and industrial hub. She also will talk about the relationship between poverty and disability at that time. Her writing was inspired by her work on UB’s Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Project.

Admission is $6; $3.50 for students, seniors and human service employees; free for museum members and employees of People Inc. Call 629-3626 to RSVP or for more information.