Visitors’ Choice Awards announced by Inaugural Site in Buffalo

Smallwood Garden Club in Amherst
Smallwood Garden Club

The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site tallied your votes and announced the winners in its annual Victorian Christmas Visitors’ Choice voting.

Each year, the stately Wilcox Mansion,  641 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, where Theodore  Roosevelt took the oath of office, is decorated for the holidays by members in the Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, Eighth District. Different areas of the mansion are decorated by different garden clubs, and visitors are invited to vote for their favorites.

The winners were announced Thursday at the 8th District annual spring meeting and installation of officers.

Hamburg Garden Club
Hamburg Garden Club
  • The room award went to the Smallwood Garden Club, which decorated the Morning Room.
  • The area prize went to the Hamburg Garden Club, for decorating the fireplace mantle and windows in the Rotating Exhibit Room.
  • In addition, the first ever Curator’s Choice Award went to the Smallwood Garden Club. It is given to the garden club that best captures the spirit of turn-of-the-20th-century Christmas decorations in Buffalo, as described in the research materials provided by the Inaugural Site. It must also follow the established guidelines for decorating the site.

To see photos of decorations from all the clubs, go to our articles from Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.



2 Comments on “Visitors’ Choice Awards announced by Inaugural Site in Buffalo

  1. Judy, the clubs did a terrific job! I know lots of people visited the site and voted, and I’m sure they were interested in finding out who won, too. We’re looking forward to next year!

  2. Thanks Connie for publishing these well deserved awards. We in 8th District FCGNYS are proud of the devotion our clubs have to the TR Site. Special thanks to all the clubs who decorated the site this year. As the 8th District Director I was thrilled with the enthusiasm and concern of the members who decorated and the members who visited the site.

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