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Nash House Museum to feature historic Xmas cards

The Nash House Museum, 36 Nash St., will host a free open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday for a holiday display of Christmas cards the Nash family received over the years, some dating back to the 1920s and 1930s.

The Rev. J. Edward Nash was pastor of the Michigan Street Baptist Church from 1892 until his retirement in 1953. The historic church was a key stop on the Underground Railroad and also hosted such figures as Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington.

Nash himself was the leading figure in Buffalo’s African-American community in that era and was instrumental in founding the Buffalo Urban League and the Buffalo chapter of the NAACP. He and his wife lived in the house, behind the church, from 1925 until her death in 1987. The home was converted into a museum that opened in 2007 and features Nash’s writings and artifacts as well as interpretive displays with audio that tell the history of the Nash family. There also are life-size figures of J. Edward and Frances Nash.