Susan J Eck
The best stories are in our history. That's what I've learned in my third career as a historical researcher, writer and presenter. Across Western New York, I find the influences of the past in our present. My curiosity drives me to find out who influenced us and how. I hope you will find these stories interesting, perhaps inspiring you to become an influence on future generations. And, if you have a good story that you think should be told, will you contact me?
I have another web, "Doing the Pan," which contains my 16 years of research so far into Buffalo's 1901 Pan-American Exposition. It is a continuing project. Take a virtural tour!
Below are the presentations I am currently scheduling to interested groups. Please contact me for more information or to arrange a presentation to your group.
E.M. Statler's Buffalo
Everyone knows the Statler Hotel in Niagara Square. Few know that E. M. Statler built two other hotels in Buffalo, a ground-breaking restaurant, and a grand estate on Soldier's Place. He was not born in Buffalo but decided that booming Buffalo in 1896 shared the same attitudes as he and so he moved here to grow with the Queen City. This presentation illustrates the parallel evolution of E.M. Statler and his adopted city from 1896 through 1925.
A Beauty Reborn
The Lafayette Hotel had a difficult time getting built but it had a long, illustrious, profitable history for its owners. It was the place to stay for visiting dignitaries for much of its history. What was its original beauty, how did it change with the times, why did it fall on hard times, and how was it re-imagined by a local developer? Includes rare early photos of the interior and present-day before and after photos of the restoration.
Niagara Square: 200 Years of Movers & Shakers
People think of Niagara Square as the location of large city, state, and federal governmental buildings, but in 1820 it was a suburb of the village of Buffalo, a crossroads hidden among old-growth trees. Learn how it became a handsome residential neighborhood for a handful of Buffalo's leaders and then evolved into the center of the growing city's charitable organizations. See how Frederick Law Olmsted circled the Square and marvel at the nearly unanimous decision by Buffalo's citizens that the heart of it was the perfect location for a memorial to the President who was assassinated in Buffalo. The city's movers and shakers made history in Niagara Square.
A Visit to the
Pan-American Exposition in 1901 Buffalo
"Do the Pan" the way 1901 visitors did. Through their words and pictures, see what they saw. Bring the child in you to the sunset hour when the "Rainbow City" became the "City of Light".