May meeting will be in the Athletic Center at Villa Maria College. The College is located at 240 Pine Ridge Road in Cheektowaga NY.
May 9, 2019-Dr. Rosanne Higgins Presentation on the Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Project
Rosanne Higgins was born in Enfield, Connecticut, however spent her youth in Buffalo, New York. She studied the Asylum Movement in the nineteenth century and its impact on disease specific mortality. This research focused on the Erie, Niagara, and Monroe County Poorhouses in Western New York. That research earned her a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1998 and lead to the publication of her research. Her desire to tell another side of ‘The Poorhouse Story’ that would be accessible to more than just the scholarly community resulted in the Orphans and Inmates series, which chronicles fictional accounts of poorhouse residents based on historical data. She continues to write historical fiction based in Buffalo, New York.