A public history project focused on Buffalo's East Side has received funding from New York State, the state Education Department has announced.
The $24,993 is for the East Side History Project, spearheaded by the University at Buffalo's Center for Urban Studies. Funding is through the state's Documentary Heritage Program to make historical records accessible to students and teachers so they can learn about New York's history, officials said.
The East Side History Project has been an ongoing initiative "that seeks to interview residents about their everyday life experiences and collect documents like photographs, videos, letters and historical ephemera about the city," according to the UB website.
It was the largest of eight grants totaling $91,828 to be awarded to nonprofits around the state.
“The Documentary Heritage Program Grants are critical to ensuring that stories of under-documented groups, events, locations and peoples are fully woven into the rich tapestry that is New York State," said Bob Clark, chair of the state Historical Records Advisory Board.