At home at last. That’s the theme at the Buffalo History Museum these days. Its new exhibit celebrates the life and career of one of Buffalo’s favorite sons, Tim Russert. The office of the former “Meet the Press” Moderator, who passed away from a heart attack in 2008, is all set up the museum’s top floor. It includes a new material that celebrates Russert’s storied childhood in South Buffalo, an ode to the fact that he never forgot his Western New York roots.
If you go to the exhibit, you’ll see that Russert got ready to grill presidents and heads of state in a modest workspace. The shelves are packed with hundreds of books, newspapers, and handwritten notes. He held onto family mementos and reminders of his hometown. Bills gear and copies of Buffalo Spree magazine decorated his desk.
Executive Director Melissa Brown says the exhibit has been a huge draw since they acquired it from it’s original home at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Brown gave Winging It! Buffalo Style‘s Lauren Hall a tour of the exhibit and explained how it represents the importance of collecting modern artifacts and telling contemporary stories about Buffalo, as well as those from hundreds of years ago.