Discover a piece of local history!

Join anthropologists Douglas Perrelli, PhD, Joyce E. Sirianni, PhD and Rosanne Higgins, PhD as they share their findings from “The Erie County Poorhouse Project”

As part of its Dialogues on disABILITY Speaker Series, the Museum of disABILITY History is pleased to welcome Douglas Perrelli, Ph.D., Joyce E. Sirianni, Ph.D. and Rosanne Higgins, Ph.D., anthropologists whose work has brought about numerous insights into the world of local almshouses. Their presentation, entitled “The Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Project,” will be on Friday, August 22, 2014, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Museum of disABILITY History, 3826 Main Street in Buffalo.

The lecture will focus on the anthropologists’ 2012 excavation of skeletal remains on what is now a part of the University at Buffalo’s Main Street Campus. This undertaking, named the Erie County Poorhouse Cemetery Project, was completed by archeological survey staff and physical anthropologists from the UB Department of Anthropology.

Within their three-part presentation, Drs. Perrelli, Sirianni and Higgins will discuss the story behind the project. They will also share their archeological discoveries, archival research, as well as thoughts on skeletal analysis and what can be shared about those who lived at the Erie County Poorhouse.

The event is perfect for fans of local history and anthropology enthusiasts! People Inc. employees and Museum members are FREE to attend! General admission is $5 for adults and $2.50 for students, seniors and human service employees.


The Museum of disABILITY History will now be open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday! Please stop in for a tour of our unique collection!
(Closed for Thanksgiving: Thursday – Saturday)


LITTLE DIFFERENCES: The Portrayal of Children with disABILITIES Throughout History is now available as a Traveling Exhibit.


The highly anticipated “Abandoned Asylums of New England: A Photographic Journey by John Gray” is now available for purchase at the museum store! The book offers the work of photographer John Gray, who has captured the final throes of the once majestic monuments of medical treatment. This photographic journey into the world of urban exploration documents the state of some of New England’s storied temples of control, treatment and rehabilitation of individuals with disabling conditions.

The Museum of disABILITY History provides a historical context for these asylums that heightens the degree of entropy into which these feats of architectural grandeur have fallen. From the gigantic Kirkbride campuses to the airy tuberculosis hospitals, Gray’s photography reveals through its compositions the poignant echoes of the lives lived, and sometimes lost, at these disappearing asylums. Click on the Museum Store tab and get your copy today!