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Barbara Ann Hull, retired librarian, preservationist July 30, 1932 -- Aug. 13, 2011

Barbara Ann Hull, a retired librarian who was active in the restoration of the historic Lancaster home that bears her family name, died Saturday in ElderWood Health Care at Lakewood, Hamburg, where she lived. She was 79.

Ms. Hull was born in Orchard Park and attended local schools, graduating from Orchard Park High School.

She earned a bachelor's degree from Geneseo State College and a master's degree from the University of Michigan at Kalamazoo.

Ms. Hull worked as a librarian in the West Seneca School District and in the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system from 1970 until her retirement a decade ago.

She was part of the group that worked to establish the foundation that now supports the Hull Family Home & Farmstead.

The Federal style home, built in about 1810 on Genesee Street by her ancestors Warren and Polly Hull, is considered the oldest substantial stone dwelling in Erie County.

Ms. Hull conducted in-depth research into her family history, work that is stored in the Barbara Hull Genealogy Library on the Hull House grounds.

She also was a docent at the house, spent long hours weeding, painting and cleaning the property and was a past president of the National Hull Family Association.

Services were held Tuesday.

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