Robert H. Jackson Center

The Robert H. Jackson Center

Interviewing and Preserving the Stories of Area Veterans

The Defenders of Freedom Project is an ongoing oral history initiative that seeks to capture on video and share the first hand experiences of area veterans from Western NY and Northwestern PA. Hosted and filmed at the Jackson Center in Jamestown NY, the project is a collaborative effort between the Jackson Center, the United Veterans Council, and Chautauqua County Office of Veterans Services.

Underway in many parts of the United States oral history initiatives seek to capture and share the stories of veterans. The stories gathered through this project are the voices of area veterans who helped shape the history of the world. Launched in late 2013 the project has recorded and preserved over 100 WWII veteran’s interviews, in the beginning of 2015 the project has expanded to include Korean War Veterans. The interviews have been made available to family and friends of the veterans and cataloged in the project’s archives for future educational and research purposes. Find out more information....

Spring Educators Conference: Presidential Bus Tour


The Robert H. Jackson Center along with Erie 1 BOCES and Erie 2 BOCES are pleased to partner once again with Bedore Tours and 1st Choice Educational Tours to offer the Spring Educators Conference: A Presidential Buffalo Bus Tour for Educators.


April 28, 2015
Presidential Buffalo Bus Tour
Participants receive the tour, lunch, and Common Core teaching materials
cost of $70.00 attendees
Registration is available by following this link
Or call #716.483.6646 for more information

Space is limited to 46 spots—with previous trips selling out quickly. Cutoff deadline is Thursday, April 23rd by 4PM.

Spend the day learning about the local history of the four major presidents associated with Buffalo—Grover Cleveland, Millard Fillmore, William McKinley, and Teddy Roosevelt, as well as connections to Franklin Roosevelt through Western New York’s own Robert H. Jackson.

The tour will start at the Robert H. Jackson Federal Court House in downtown Buffalo then take participants to various locations throughout the region, including the Millard Fillmore House in East Aurora, McKinley’s assassination marker, and Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National History Site. Lunch will be served at Founding Fathers’ Restaurant in Buffalo—a hub of presidential memorabilia and trivia that is a must to see. Along the way, participants will meet local historians and experts who will expand and deepen their content knowledge about our region and history.

2015 Teacher Fellowship Program & Regional Teaching Justice Award

The Jackson Center is now accepting applications from Western New York/Northwestern Pennsylvania secondary school teachers for its 2015 Teacher Fellowship Program and the Regional Award for Teaching Justice.

Teacher Fellowship Program: Applicants must demonstrate excellence in the classroom, and participation in community and professional organizations, as well as knowledge of the importance of Justice Jackson and his contributions to history. The Fellowship session will be held July 20th- 23rd, 2015.