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Lecture / Discussion  |  Burchfield Penney Book Club: High Hopes: The Rise and Decline of Buffalo New York by Mark Goldman

Sunday, January 5, 2014, 3–5 pm

Conference Room 227  

The Burchfield Penney Book Club returns with meetings on November 3, December 1, January 5 and February 2. All books are available in the Burchfield Penney's Museum Store. Each author will be available to discuss his or her book with us and for a book signing at each book club meeting!


High Hopes analyzes and interprets the historical forces--external and internal--that have shaped New York's second largest city. It examines the historical shifts that have served as a catalyst in Buffalo's growth, charting the city's evolution from a small frontier community through its development as a major commercial center and its emergence and eventual decline as a significant industrial metropolis. Mark Goldman looks at the detailed patterns of local daily life from the settlement of the village in the early nineteenth century to the tragedy of Love Canal.

Mark Goldman is an urban activist, entrepreneur and local historian. His latest initiative, the Allen Street Steet Art Collective, is dedicated to the work of Spain Rodriguez & Tony Goldman (Mark's brother), The Allen St. Street Art Collective is an exposition of street artists from LA, NYC and Buffalo with the goal helping to transform the neighborhood and provide more opportunities for street artists to work legally. Read an interview with Mark in the Buffalo News.

The author will join us for the discussion on High Hopes and his other books.

Participation is free for Burchfield Penney members; general admission applies to "not yet" members.