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City Hallways (May 26) A look into future days past

Out with the old. In with the new.

The Buffalo Arts Commission, the Buffalo History Museum and descendants of veterans who fought in the Spanish-American War joined Mayor Brown Thursday afternoon to show off a new time capsule that will replace an old one that was stumbled upon three years ago.

Contractors working on the Cars Sharing Main Street project in 2014 found the original, deteriorating time capsule in the base of The Hiker statue in Roosevelt Square at the corner of Main and Huron streets. The statue is a Spanish-American war monument that was dedicated May 29, 1920.

The metal box had been placed inside the statue in May 1920. When it was opened in 2014, its contents revealed a flag, documents and newspapers from the day the statue was dedicated.

The new 50 pound, hermetically sealed time capsule will be re-inserted into the statue today and contains photos of some of the items in the original vessel, including the front pages of local newspapers dated May 29, 1920; a commemorative program of the dedication ceremony; and the booklet, The Hiker.

The new time capsule, which is dated to open May 25, 2117, also contains:

  • a list of veterans of the Spanish-American War who were buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery;
  • a packet of Teddy Roosevelt dollar coins;
  • a book about the Theodore Roosevelt Historical Site; and
  • present day photos of Roosevelt Square.

Local resident Dave Flowers attended Thursday’s ceremony. Flowers is the grandson of Barthalomew Kwiatkowski, who was in the Navy when he fought in the Spanish-American War. Kwiatkowski died in 1952 and received special honors from the Navy during the funeral, Flowers said.

"I remember he got a 8 to 10 gun salute," Flowers said.

Kwiatkowski was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

 

Speaking up for the voiceless.

Common Council President Darius G. Pridgen will start publishing a newsletter with stories from families and pictures of their loved ones whose murders have not been solved.

The newsletter will be printed and distributed in places like barbershops, delis and houses of worship.

"I want to not only put a face, but something about their life so that people see them as more than a murder victim," Pridgen wrote recently on his Facebook page.

Here's more information:

A huge psychological lift

Work on the $60 million Northland Corridor project began Thursday starting with the demolition process at 537 East Delavan Ave.

The Northland project aims to transform the 35-acre former plant site into a state-of-the-art workforce training and business center.

Mayor Byron W. Brown said the demolition work that began Thursday is a "huge psychological lift" for the East Side of Buffalo.

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