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Date(s) - 04/11/2024
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Summary: Stephen will present an updated version of a lecture originally prepared by the late Ronald R. Dukarm, that will focus on the Erie Railroad, but will also include views of other railroad operations in the area. He estimates that four out of five people in Western New York may find a family member who worked on the railroad or steel industries, so he will highlight the resources that are available at the Heritage Discovery Center to aid people in their research, and bring examples of what can be found in their archives.

Presenter bio: Stephen J. Kocsis is retired from his marketing career that included local companies Unipunch, Toolset, Caplugs and Viatran that were deeply involved in the Metal Fabricating, Industrial and Energy industries. He is one of the seven founding trustees of the Western New York Railway Historical Society (WNYRHS), whose mission is to preserve WNY’s local railway heritage through the collection of both historically significant artifacts, and the stories behind those artifacts, making our heritage relevant to future generations.

The WNYRHS collaborates with the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York, the Buffalo Irish Genealogical Society, the Buffalo Lighthouse Association, the Buffalo Geological Society and the Nickel Plate Road Historical and Technical Society to operate the Heritage Discover Center museum campus, located at 100 Lee Street in Buffalo, NY. The Center is dedicated to preserving the railroad, maritime, and industrial heritage of Western New York. At the Center, Stephen works with other volunteers to organize the collections and make them accessible to the general public.

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