The role of Buffalo’s grain scoopers will be celebrated in a “Feeding the World” tribute from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday in Mutual Riverfront Park, 41 Hamburg St.
“The history of Buffalo’s First Ward and Valley neighborhoods is directly tied to the thousands of mostly Irish scoopers who toiled as laborers at the mills and docks along the Buffalo River,” said Peg Overdorf, executive director of the Valley Community Association.
The day’s events will include a guided walking and shuttle tour of the grain district at noon by First Ward historian Gene Overdorf. The tour costs $10 per person, and preregistration is preferred. Register by calling Overdorf at 823-4707, Ext. 2.
A talk on the work of grain scooping will be given by Jack Driscoll, who was a member of Local 109, Grain Shovelers Union, between 2:30 and 3 p.m. Photographer Gene Witkowski’s photos of the last unloading of the massive Kinsman Independent ship, which held 620,000 bushels of wheat, will be exhibited. Admission to the talk and exhibition is free. For more information, visit www.thevalleycenter.com.