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Buffalo State Faculty Member and Art Conservation Department Honored

Posted: October 23, 2009
Buffalo State College History and Social Studies faculty member Mark Goldman and the College's Art Conservation Department were honored by the Board of Managers of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society at the organization's annual awards dinner and ceremony, Oct. 22.

Goldman received the Owen B. Augspurger award, which recognizes local historians devoted to the preservation of Erie County's heritage. Buffalo State's Art Conservation Department was honored with the Daniel B. Niederlander award for outstanding programming at a Western New York historical organization.

In addition to being a History and Social Studies lecturer, Goldman is an author, activist, scholar, entrepreneur and one of the first historians to tackle Buffalo's post-war urban decline. Authoring a historic trilogy that includes City on the Edge: Buffalo, New York, 1900-Present; City on the Lake: The Challenge of Change in Buffalo, NY; and High Hopes: The Rise and Decline of Buffalo, NY, Goldman tackles the difficult subject of Buffalo's 100-year journey from being one of America's emerging cities of the 19th century to a city facing significant challenges.

The Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State College is one of only three such graduate programs in the United States. Students in the Master of Arts degree and the Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation program study with nationally and internationally recognized conservators and specialists. Alumni hold significant positions in major museums and institutions around the world, including the National Gallery of Art; the Smithsonian Institution; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art; and the Art Institute of Chicago. Department faculty and students lend their time and expertise to conserving the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Museum of Science, the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, and the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society (BECHS) is Western New York's premier historical organization, serving since its founding in 1862 to collect, research, interpret, and share the Niagara Frontier's rich history. Its collections include more than 100,000 artifacts, 200,000 photographs, and 20,000 books. BECHS annually presents a wide array of programs, exhibits, tours, outdoor events, and activities for all ages. BECHS is a private not-for-profit organization tax exempt under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It receives operating support from the County of Erie, the City of Buffalo, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA, a state agency), and from members and friends. BECHS is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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