Exhibit provides new perspectives, summer reading for kids
Exhibit provides new perspectives, summer reading for kids
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Film and Speaker Series Features Six Guys, 6,000 Miles
Tickets are now on sale for the exclusive premiere of a film about a cross-country road trip that changed six guys for a lifetime! Our Museum of disABILITY History Film and Speaker Series will debut the documentary, Six Guys, 6,000 Miles, on Friday, August 12, at The Screening Room, 3131 Sheridan Drive, Amherst. There will be two showings at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m., with a reception at 5 p.m.
We are proud to feature Six Guys, 6,000 Miles, a film documenting a one-of-a-kind cross-country trip by four participants in People Inc.’s Guys Group, a social group for young men with developmental disabilities, and two life quality coaches. In June 2015, they embarked on a journey from Buffalo, NY to the west coast, for an experiential learning trip that could not be further from ordinary.
Admission tickets are $10, and they are going fast! Limited space available. Tickets are available at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street, Buffalo. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 716.629.3626. Updates will be posted on our Facebook page.
Cemetery Restoration Project Continues
As part of our cemetery restoration project, Museum of disABILITY History staff, along with program participants and employees of People Inc., recently volunteered their time to clean and care for the grounds at the Niagara County Almshouse Cemetery in Lockport. We appreciated their help to honor those who did not have any permanent acknowledgement.
Three years ago, a Ceremony of Remembrance was held to mark the restoration of the neglected cemetery and honor the lives of the more than 1,400 Niagara County Almshouse residents who died and were buried there, most with unmarked graves.
In 2006, People Inc. and the Museum of disABILITY History aligned with the nationwide Operation Dignity movement to restore institutional cemeteries. The Niagara County Almshouse is the fourth cemetery that has been restored. Other projects include Craig Colony Crematory in Sonyea, Gowanda Psychiatric Center Memorial Cemetery, Jolls Cemetery in Perrysburg and Wheater Road Cemetery in Collins. Approximately 5,000 graves have been touched by the work.
As news of the restoration project has spread, families have come forth to identify their ancestors. Through this effort, people like Chris McDonough, a Texas resident with ties to Western New York, have been able to take glimpses into their family history.
“You have given us our grandfather,” said McDonough. “We never met him, as the family kept his life a secret to all of us children. Thank you so much for giving us a small part of his life. Growing up, we were told he had passed away in the 40s. Modern technology and your help has changed that narrative.”
Since the project’s inception, at least 50 people have contacted our Museum and discovered more about their family members. For information or to volunteer, contact Dave Mack-Hardiman at dmack@people-inc.org or 716.629.3606.
Summer Reading for Kids
Are you looking for a new book to read to your kids and grandkids? Check out our Mubu the Morph children’s book series, authored by Stephen Nawotniak and illustrated by Jeffrey Scott Perdziak, both of Clarence, NY. The book will help keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer (and all year long). The Mubu the Morph book goes on a rhyming adventure with Mubu as he learns, through trial and error, the secret to being his best self. The latest book from the series, Blue Mubu, is a heartwarming story encouraging conversations on emotions between children and their parents, as well as teachers.
July 2016
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Exhibit Provides New Perspectives
We’re looking for organizations and businesses to help spread the word about our “In Celebration of Down Syndrome” exhibit at the Museum of disABILITY History. The exhibit provides new perspectives as it recognizes individuals who have Down syndrome by highlighting medical history, myths and facts, as well as success stories and popular culture. If you provide complimentary advertising space in your newsletter, we will provide a camera-ready ad. If interested, contact Nicole Forgione, marketing communications manager, at nforgione@people-inc.org or 716.817.7490, with ad dimensions, color or black and white and your deadline.
In the Media: Museum of disABILITY History
Recent news stories or contributions that include the Museum of disABILITY History

Series of abandoned history themed research-based articles by Museum of disABILITY History Founder James M. Boles, EdD:

“The 'Health Baths' of Lockport's Main Street, Part I,” Lockport Union Sun and Journal, July 20, 2016.

“H. Knapp, M.D., Water-Cure physician,” Lockport Union Sun and Journal, July 6, 2016. 
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Doug Farley, Director, Museum of disABILITY History
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The Museum of disABILITY History is a project of People Inc.

For more information about the Museum of disABILITY History,
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