A portrayal of Colonel John Weber, a Buffalo native who was involved in several Civil War battles and served various civic positions in Western New York and beyond, will be presented on Nov. 20.
Bill Tojak will portray Weber for the presentation, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Lucy Bensley Center in Springville and is part of the monthly series hosted by The Western New York Civil War Society.
Colonel Weber saw action at several Civil War battles before he attained the rank of colonel when he accepted command of the 89th U.S. Colored Infantry in 1863. Among his post-Civil War positions included assistant postmaster of the City of Buffalo, Erie County Sheriff, U.S. Congressman and the First Commissioner of Immigration at the Port of New York.
Weber died at the age of 84 in Lackawanna and is interred at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Guests should note this Civil War speaker series is traditionally held the last Wednesday of each month, but this month’s event was moved up one week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. It will also be the final speaker of this year, with no event scheduled in December due to the holidays.
Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend. Donations will be accepted for the American Battlefield Trust. Light refreshments will be served.
The Lucy Bensley Center is located at 23 North Buffalo St. in Springville.For additional information, contact Tom Place, curator at Echoes Through Time, at (716) 957-2740 or the Lucy Bensley Center at (716) 592-0094.