“It’s a great final resting place for the embodiment of his career, which is that office,” Russert’s son, NBC News correspondent Luke Russert, tells the Buffalo News. “It captures the history of him growing up in South Buffalo and interviewing popes and presidents and everything in between.”
The office re-creation, which had been classified as a temporary feature at the Newseum, includes items such as Russert’s “Thou Shalt Not Whine” sign, as well as numerous books, papers, and framed photos. The Buffalo History Museum now will house the exhibit.
The Buffalo News says that others vied for the office, including Russert’s alma mater, John Carroll University in Cleveland, but the family felt it belonged in Buffalo.
“People in Buffalo just identified with him,” says Brian Higgins of the Buffalo History Museum. “He represents what Buffalo is all about.”
Russert died of a heart attack in the NBC News Washington bureau in June, 2008.