See It Through

Every Spring, for as long as I can remember, you, your neighbors and your friends have supported our “normal Spring Appeal.” We’ve come to you with compelling stories from our collections and educational programs, and year after year, you’ve responded with your generosity.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

As you are well aware, 2020 is proving to be anything but a normal year. Today, we write to you with an urgent call.

In these challenging times, your support is vital.

Founded in 1862, the Museum’s very creation was inspired by crisis. The Civil War, our nation’s most perilous war, was raging, and it impressed upon both the institution’s founders and the larger community the importance of securing our region’s story.

Our collection is witness to our shared history.

In its artifacts and pages are many examples of the trials and triumphs of spirit when facing extraordinary circumstances. Just as we look to those stories for strength and inspiration today, future generations will look to our experiences for understanding and guidance.

Become A Pillar Monthly Donor

Our Spring closing to the public, while necessary, has put significant strain on our operations. As we look to sharing virtual resources with you, I ask you to consider becoming a Pillar monthly donor this year to help us continue to collect the stories that make our community unique. Every dollar counts.

Will you help us protect the future of our collections, stories, and campus?

If you usually contribute to the Spring Appeal and are capable of giving this year, please consider giving, and if possible, increasing your contribution. Wherever you can help, we are tremendously grateful.

Monthly gifts are a wonderful form of sustained revenue, even more so in such unprecedented times.

  • For $20 per month, you can help cover a single day’s admissions at the Museum.
  • For $40 per month, you can help cover lost revenue from our regular Wednesday night programs.
  • For $100 per month, you can cover lost tour revenue.

Thank you for all you do to support our mission and the history, stories, and artifacts that unite and sustain us.

Buffalo is indeed the “City of Good Neighbors”, and never is this more true than in these uncertain times.

We hope to welcome you back into our historic buildings soon, but for now, let’s work together to make this a time of connection in the face of isolation.

Be well and please keep in touch!

All the best,


Melissa N. Brown
Executive Director

P.S. Here’s an opportunity to double your contribution! Our newest Lifetime Member has issued a special Spring Appeal challenge. She will match every dollar contributed by April 15, up to $2,500. We encourage you to take her up on this generous and time-sensitive opportunity.