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Contact: Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253

WXXI REMEMBERS THE LATE STUART BOLGER WITH A SPECIAL BROADCAST OF AN ARCHIVED TWO-PART PROGRAM FEATURING HIM

(Rochester, New York) May 19, 2011 – In memory of Stuart Bolger, founding director of the Genesee Country Village and Museum, who passed away on Monday, May 9, 2011 at the age of 89, WXXI presents a two-part archived episode of its Speaking of Rochester series featuring Mr. Bolger. Speaking of Rochester “Stuart Bolger” Part 1 airs Saturday, May 21 at 5 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Part 2 airs Saturday, May 28 at 5 p.m.

In this 1998 recording, shot on the grounds of the Genesee Country Village and Museum, Mr. Bolger takes Speaking of Rochester host Barber Conable on a tour of the museum and shares the rich history of the buildings on the property. He also talks about his upbringing in Elmira, New York and pursuing his degree in architectural history at the University of Rochester.

In 1966 Mr. Bolger was hired by John L. Wehle, Chairman of the Genesee Brewing Company to design a company museum. Ten years later, he unveiled a “living history” village in Mumford, New York with 32 buildings on site of which 22 were open to the public. He remained with the museum for the rest of his life, in later years assuming the title of Director Emeritus.

Speaking of Rochester, produced by WXXI, was a local series recorded in the late 1990s that spotlighted interesting and inspiring Rochesterians.

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