from Barbara Von Wahlde,
As Associate Vice President for the University at Buffalo Libraries, I'd like to welcome you to the varied and multiple displays of Pan-American Exposition materials in this online exhibit. It is based upon physical exhibits installed in July 2001 in seven of our individual units--Special Collections, the Science and Engineering Library, the Charles B. Sears Law Library, the Thomas B. Lockwood Memorial Library, the Music Library, the Health Sciences Library, and the Oscar A. Silverman Undergraduate Library. We are delighted to participate with so many organizations in Buffalo and on the University at Buffalo campus in this historic celebration and remembrance of the Pan-American Exposition of 1901.
I'm proud that the University at Buffalo Libraries are participating in an important community endeavor that focuses on the historical and illustrative materials in our collections, as well as materials from the community. Our library staff has been enthusiastic about the opportunity to participate in this observance from the beginning. Involvement has created lively and informed hunts for our best connections to the Pan-American Exposition from our collections and from others who loaned precious and unusual items. As a result, we have a well rounded overview of the Exposition and have showcased specific aspects from the Exposition through our diverse collections ranging from selections on health and music in 1901 to the architecture of the Exposition and the multicultural involvement of local residents and participating countries touting their accomplishments.
Our centennial provides a wonderful opportunity to remember Buffalo one hundred years ago and its strengths and stature as a leading American city. Every time I pass the Pan-American Centennial billboard, "The Light Returns," on my way to Niagara Falls, I'm reminded of our proud past and the tremendous community effort and drive to celebrate what was a major city milestone in 1901. It convinces me of our potential if we harness the commitment to our Pan-American events of 2001 and apply that energy toward our future. As we have acquired and preserved information about the 1901 event, we will acquire and care for material documenting our 2001 celebration.
Barbara von Wahlde