mt-third-fridays-logo.JPGBuffalo, NY - For the Buffalo History Museum three's a charm as it announces M&T Bank's support. Joining neighboring cultural institutions, Albright Knox Art Gallery M&T FIRST FRIDAYS and Burchfield Penney Art Center  M&T SECOND FRIDAYS, The Buffalo History Museum offers M&T THIRD FRIDAYS in welcoming the community to the Museum, Resource Center, and select events free of charge.  Every month, M&T THIRD FRIDAYS' visitors will experience new programs, family events, entertainment, docent-led tours, and more.  Members always receive free or discounted admission to special happenings.  "Our hope is that The Buffalo History Museum's exciting new plans for the third Friday of each month will draw new and renewed interest in the museum's programs and collection," said Nancy Brock, program director for The M&T Charitable Foundation.  "When people consider their entertainment options for Fridays in Buffalo, there will be three Fridays just chock full of stimulating free cultural events for everyone." The first of M&T THIRD FRIDAYS launches March 15 with free admission to the Museum and Resource Center all day. Scheduled are docent-led tours of exhibits: 150th Ever After, Oishei Pioneer Gallery, Neighbors, and Spirit of the City: Imagining the Pan-American Exposition. Also featured is GIANTS of BUFFALO, a new speaker series that spotlights specific industries and fetes Western New York individuals who have made extraordinary contributions in their field.  This event free for members of Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Broadcasters Association, Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame with membership card; $10. Nonmembers.  "M&T Bank once again demonstrates commitment to WNY and the mission of the History Museum by sponsoring THIRD FRIDAYS. This creative sponsorship package emphasizes programs, inspires opportunities for collaboration with partner venues and provides diverse opportunities for engagement with the community. We are very appreciative of M&T Bank's commitment to The Buffalo History Museum and the vibrancy of the entire Museum District," stated Melissa Brown, Executive Director of The Buffalo History Museum.  For more information visit http://www.buffalohistory.org/ for the M&T THIRD FRIDAYS schedule or call (716) 873- 9644 ext.301. (The Museum is closed on Mondays). | Like us on Facebook | follow us on twitter @BuffaloHistory. Since its founding in 1862, the Buffalo History Museum has been Western New York's premier historical organization, serving 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. The History Museum annually presents a wide array of programs, exhibits, tours, outdoor events, and activities for all ages that utilize many of these resources to tell the stories of both ordinary and extraordinary people of Western New York.                                                                                                                                                      ### The Buffalo History Museum 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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