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Extreme cold forcing organizers to shorten outdoor part of Millard Fillmore birthday celebration

President Millard Fillmore’s birthday celebration in Forest Lawn is almost always bitterly cold, but Friday’s extreme subzero wind chill forecast prompted organizers to keep the outdoor portion of the ceremony as brief as possible.

There will be a quick wreath presentation at 10 a.m. at the Fillmore gravesite, then representatives from the White House, Fillmore legacy organizations and Forest Lawn will reboard a trolley and return to the Margaret L. Wendt Archival and Research Center for the rest of the ceremony. University at Buffalo history professor Carole Emberton will speak on “Coming to Terms with Millard Fillmore and the Fugitive Slave Act.”

The annual observance has been organized by UB for the past 53 years. Fillmore, who was born Jan. 7, 1800, was the university’s first chancellor.

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