"In June, a team from the Buffalo History Museum will travel to Washington, DC, to dismantle, pack, and safely transport this unique office space to Buffalo," History Museum Executive Director Melissa Brown said. Brown anticipates opening the exhibit this Fall.
From the Newseum
Go behind the scenes with the Newseum's curatorial staff as they installed the "Inside Tim Russert's Office exhibit there
The exhibit features Russert's office as he left it when he died in 2008, plus other artifacts that belong to Russert's family.
Before he became the Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News and the host of Meet The Press, Russert served as the Buffalo district director for both Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Gov. Mario Cuomo.
He was a graduate of Canisius High School, and spoke fondly of his native Buffalo on-air, often ending his Sunday broadcasts with "Go Bills," or a similar shoutout to Buffalo's sports teams. Upon his death, a stretch of Route 20A outside Ralph Wilson Stadium was re-named "Tim Russert Way" in his honor.
Brown says that Russert's love for Buffalo makes the museum the perfect spot for his office, and they intend to have the office as a semi-permanent display.
Inside the office, visitors to the exhibit can find many pieces of local memorabilia that Russert held dear- including a Buffalo Bills pennant. (L)
"There's a 'Paper Tim' that was made by school children from here in Buffalo that was mailed to him and he liked it so well that he hung it up on the wall. I think it's that part of it that's going to be so wonderful here for people to celebrate, because the story has a different meaning than it did on the national level at the Newseum," Brown said
Surely, one of the items in Russert's office will be "Big Russ & Me," his best-seller about his dad. Russert isn't around to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the book's publication but Russert's son, Luke, is stepping in.
Weinstein Books announced Wednesday that an anniversary edition of "Big Russ" is scheduled for a May release and features a new preface by Luke Russert. A sentimental favorite, the book tells of Tim Russert's childhood in a working-class neighborhood in Buffalo, N.Y., and the life lessons he received from his father.
In May, "Big Russ" also will come out as an e-book for the first time.
Russert died in 2008 at age 58, his father died the following year in Buffalo.. His son Luke Russert is a correspondent for NBC News.
From the Newseum
See their Video on Russert's Life