Sunday, September 4, 2011


Living History Special Event “Abolition Meeting and Cookout” to be Held at Hull Family Home & Farmstead September 10th

Hull House Foundation, in collaboration with Mo’ Better Buffalo, the heritage tourism/historical re-enactment marketing and development company, will host the “Abolition Meeting and Cookout” on Saturday, September 10, 2011 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Hull Family Home & Farmstead, 5976 Genesee Street at Pavement Road in Lancaster, New York.

This first-of-its-kind fundraising and awareness-raising event will include:

Docent-guided tour of the c. 1810 National Register-listed Hull House currently under restoration;

Cookout luncheon catered by authentic New Orleans Chef Dale Holt;

Living History Re-enactment, “Women’s Anti-Slavery Meeting hosted by Sophia Hull.” Sophia Hull was one of the Hulls’ twelve children who lived in the home, and who later was a prominent leader in the Abolition movement.

Advance reservations are required. Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple.

Proceeds go toward the restoration of the Hull Family Home & Farmstead.

Reservations should be made online at For special rates for children, families and groups, or for more information, call 716-362-0230 or email:

“We are very pleased to collaborate with Mo’ Better Buffalo to prototype this Living History adventure as a new heritage tourism product that potentially can become a source of income for the preservation of our site,” Hull HouseFoundation President

Hull Family Home & Farmstead, 5976 Genesee Street at Pavement Road, Lancaster, NY 14086

Gary Costello said. “It’s another opportunity for us together to share more of the stories of WNY’s rich past in some new engaging ways.”

Mo' Better Buffalo is a partnership of Kevin Cottrell’s Motherland Connextions Underground Railroad Tours and Outside the Box, a marketing and development communications business. Founded in 2004, its collaborative mission is to develop and market heritage tours and living history re-enactment products as a sustainable strategy for regional economic development.

“This concept of ‘histonomics,’ cultivated with foresight, has a great potential to bring positive economic change to Buffalo and the surrounding region,” Cottrell said. “There is an untapped market for innovative tourism products that immerse people in a viable and authentic living history experience. With its rich history, multicultural history and many historic structures and landmarks, the Buffalo-Niagara region offers a nearly limitless resource for the development of these products, which can be implemented as an effective tool for both not-for-profit and private sector advancement.”

“Our September 10 event is an opportunity for an enjoyable different sort of afternoon, a fine outdoor meal and sharing in regional history in an engaging and entertaining way. You’ll also be supporting our ongoing efforts to fully restore Erie County’s oldest intact residence, a singular historic resource for the WNY region,” Costello said.

The Hull Family Home & Farmstead is the project of Hull House Foundation, the all-volunteer non-profit organization formed in 2006 to research, restore and operate the site, anchored by Erie County’s oldest residence c. 1810, as a Living History interpretive experience representative of the lives of the earliest settlers of the Western New York region.

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