The National Historic Landmark home of President Millard Fillmore will be featured on the “CBS Sunday Morning” program next month. According to Town Historian Robert Lowell Goller, the show’s popular and humorous correspondent, Mo Rocca, created quite a buzz in East Aurora when he visited the home of the 13th U.S. President on Shearer Avenue Thursday, Jan. 16 to tape interviews for a segment that is expected to air around Presidents’ Day.
A presidential history buff, Rocca is known for highlighting the careers and lives of the nation’s lesser-known presidents. He spent most of the day at the Millard Fillmore Presidential Site before enjoying lunch at Tony Rome’s Globe Hotel and heading to Forest Lawn Cemetery, where Millard Fillmore is buried.
Rocca interviewed Kathy Frost, curator of the Millard Fillmore Presidential Site, and Goller, who is also the director of the Aurora Historical Society, which owns and operates the museum. Rocca took particular interest in the items at the museum that belonged to Millard Fillmore, including a bookcase from the first White House library, the president’s law desk, and a lock of the president’s hair.
The night before his visit, Rocca mentioned the Millard Fillmore house and East Aurora during an appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman.”
To capture video for the upcoming segment, a crew from “CBS Sunday Morning” attended the Aurora Historical Society’s annual Millard Fillmore Birthday Party at The Roycroft Inn a week earlier. During the birthday party, the Aurora Historical Society launched a $500,000 capital campaign, “Millard Matters!” to expand the presidential site to include a sculpture of Millard Fillmore and a replica of his 1820s law office, which burned in 1904. More information about the capital campaign is available at www.aurorahistoricalsociety.com.