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  • The Buffalo History Museum Celebrates The Tesla Festival!


    Dates and Times: 9/22/2017 10:00 AM - 9/22/2017 3:00 PM
    The Resource Center will be open from 10 am – 3 pm 
    View the Pan-American Exposition exhibit Spirit of the City 
    Docent led tours 1-3 pm 
    Free Admission 

  • Museum Day Live!


    Dates and Times: 9/23/2017 10:00 AM - 9/23/2017 5:00 PM
    Visit the Museum and the Resource Center free of charge! Museum Live is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine where participating museums across the country open their doors free of charge to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. To receive your free Museum Day Live! ticket, fill out the online form. Your ticket will be e-mailed to you after you submit your information. 
    www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday

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  • Secrets from the Stacks- Electricity


    Dates and Times: 9/23/2017 10:00 AM - 9/23/2017 12:00 PM
    The Tesla Edition! features a one-morning pop-up display of pictures, books, manuscripts, or other items from the Library collection that you can actually sit down with and handle.  Free with Museum admission; drop in to the Library any time between 10 am and noon.

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  • Lincoln Meet and Greet


    Dates and Times: 9/23/2017 1:00 PM - 9/23/2017 3:00 PM
    Join the Buffalo Association for a Presidential Center for a Lincoln meet and greet. Learn about Lincoln's relationship to Buffalo. Free. ...  read more »
  • HOMESCHOOL MONDAYS


    Dates and Times: 9/25/2017 1:00 PM - 9/25/2017 3:00 PM
    Haudenosaunee Then and Now
    How do the Haudenosaunee live today? What can we learn from their ways of life?
    Join the Museum's new home school program series. Open for ages K-6 who are eager to listen and learn.
    Register here 

    Other dates and registration links (cut and paste) 

    10/2 – Pioneer S ...  read more »
  • Open Government Forum


    Dates and Times: 9/27/2017 6:00 PM - 9/27/2017 7:30 PM
    Robert Freeman the Executive Director of the NY State Committee on Open Government. Mr. Freeman is a well-known expert on the Freedom of Information Law and NY Open Meetings Law. Free. ...  read more »
  • Pan-American Trolley Tour


    Dates and Times: 9/30/2017 10:00 AM - 9/30/2017 3:00 PM
    The tour begins at Forest Lawn, where you will visit the final resting places of many of the movers and shakers who made the Pan-American Exposition happen. The trolley stops at the Pan-American Brewery in the Hotel Lafayette for lunch (included). Then head over to TBHM Resource Center to tour “Spirit of the City,” an exhibit of the 1901 Pan-Am Expo. Concluding with a tour of the Pan-Am grounds. Members $60; General $69. To reserve please visit www.forest-lawn.com or call 716-332-2233. ...  read more »
  • HOMESCHOOL MONDAYS


    Dates and Times: 10/2/2017 1:00 PM - 10/2/2017 3:00 PM
    October examines Early American Life
    Pioneer Stories in Literature
    How is pioneer life portrayed in literature?

    Join the Museum's new home school program series. Open for ages K-6 who are eager to listen and learn. 

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  • Toddler Story Time


    Dates and Times: 10/3/2017 10:00 AM - 10/3/2017 11:00 AM
    Bring your little one to our monthly program. and spend some quality time at the museum. We will read a book and do a related activity. Members free; museum admission. ...  read more »
  • Victorian Dancing in Buffalo, Past and Present


    Dates and Times: 10/4/2017 6:00 PM - 10/4/2017 7:30 PM
    Join the Amherst Victorian Dance Society for an evening of dance and film. We will screen a video filmed by the Canisius Video Institute, and then a live performance will follow. Refreshments will be served. Members free, museum admission. ...  read more »
  • Red Jacket Awards Dinner


    Dates and Times: 10/5/2017 6:00 PM - 10/5/2017 9:30 PM
    Each fall, The Buffalo History Museum hosts The Red Jacket Awards Dinner, recognizing individuals and organizations for their contributions to our community. 
     
    6 p.m.  Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres
    7 p.m.  Dinner & Awards Ceremony

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  • NYS Path Through History Saturday


    Dates and Times: 10/7/2017 10:00 AM - 10/7/2017 5:00 PM
    Free tours at 1 pm with low cost admission of our WWI exhibit, For Home and Country.

    The exhibit commemorates the sacrifice of 968 lives from Western New York. 

    Guests will explore their stories and view rarely before seen artifacts from the collection including home front advertising, uniforms, and weaponry. A faux-bunker installation will honor the soldiers of the decisive Meuse-Argonne Offensive and a memorial ...  read more »
  • NYS Path Through History Sunday


    Dates and Times: 10/8/2017 12:00 PM - 10/8/2017 5:00 PM
    Free tours at 1 pm with admission of our WWI exhibit, For Home and Country.

    The exhibit commemorates the sacrifice of 968 lives from Western New York. 

    Guests will explore their stories and view rarely before seen artifacts from the collection including home front advertising, uniforms, and weaponry. A faux-bunker installation will honor the soldiers of the decisive Meuse-Argonne Offensive and a memorial wall within the exhibit will give rem ...  read more »
  • WNY Genealogy Special LibraryTour


    Dates and Times: 10/8/2017 12:00 PM - 10/8/2017 2:00 PM
    Genealogy is the story of people and locations. Through our exploration of our ancestors, we reveal the story and heart of Buffalo & Erie County. Join the Cynthia Van Ness, the Director of Library and Archives, as she highlight genealogical and historical resources - in-person and online - available to researchers. As a special bonus for conference attendees, the TBHM will be offering docent-led tours of the museum and exhibits immediately following the presentation. 
    Tour $10. ...  read more »
  • Jazz on 2nd Sundays


    Dates and Times: 10/8/2017 2:30 PM - 10/8/2017 4:00 PM
    The Buffalo History Museum and the Buffalo Jazz Collective present 
    Don Menza Quintet Tribute to Ronnie Corsaro. Music and stories.
    $5 Museum members (only), $12 general.

    THE FULL 2017/2018 JAZZ SERIES LINEUP: 
    Don Menza Quintet: A Tribute to Ron Corsaro
    October 8, 2017
    Don Menza is a powerful tenor saxophonist, with a dynamic, distinctive sound and soloing style. Born in Buffalo, New York in 1936, Menza has ...  read more »
  • "Year of Kosciuszko"


    Dates and Times: 10/10/2017 6:00 PM - 10/10/2017 7:30 PM
    Join the Museum and Kosciuszko Foundation Western New York Chapter. Dr. James Pula, professor of history at Purdue University, will talk on the life of Thadeusz Kosciuszko.    ...  read more »
  • Erie County Bicentennial Celebration Meeting


    Dates and Times: 10/14/2017 10:00 AM - 10/14/2017 12:00 PM
    Join Erie County Historian Doug Kohler to discuss early plans to celebrate Erie County's 200th anniversary in 2021. Free. ...  read more »
  • HOMESCHOOL MONDAYS


    Dates and Times: 10/16/2017 12:00 AM - 10/16/2017 12:00 AM
    October examines Early American Life
    Pioneer Surveying and Maps
    How did Joseph Ellicott map out WNY?

    Join the Museum's new home school program series. Open for ages K-6 who are eager to listen and learn. 

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  • M&T Third Friday


    Dates and Times: 10/20/2017 10:00 AM - 10/20/2017 8:00 PM
    1-3 pm - Free - Docent Led Tours of both Buildings
    3-4:30 pm - Free - Kids Activities
    5pm, reception 6 pm, performances - 
    WNY Playwrights Association
    Local playwrights have written short plays inspired by 5 Museum objects. A select number of plays will be performed this evening, 
    and the objects will be on display. Free

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  • HOMESCHOOL MONDAYS


    Dates and Times: 10/23/2017 1:00 PM - 10/23/2017 3:00 PM
    October examines Early American Life- Pioneer Skills
    Could you live as a pioneer?

    Join the Museum's new home school program series. Open for ages K-6 who are eager to listen and learn. 

    Other dates and registration links (cut and paste) 
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  • All Hallows Eve


    Dates and Times: 10/28/2017 10:00 AM - 10/28/2017 1:00 PM
    Popular annual family fun for “boos and ghouls” of all ages!

    The Buffalo History Museum is throwing a community friendly All Hallows Eve Party from 10 am to 1 am.

    Throughout the Museum, the festivities will feature pumpkin-decorating, spooky crafts, scary scavenger hunts for treats, and the model trains will be running. Also, a costume contest is planned for youngsters to show-off their characters and potentially win a “Golden Pumpkin Award.”  ...  read more »
  • HOMESCHOOL MONDAYS


    Dates and Times: 10/30/2017 1:00 PM - 10/30/2017 3:00 PM
    October examines Pioneer Life. Local Pioneers: 
    What can we learn from local pioneers? How do we learn about life long ago?
    Join the Museum's new home school program series. Open for ages K-6 who are eager to listen and learn. 

    Other dates and registration links (c ...  read more »
  • Japan Culture Day


    Dates and Times: 11/5/2017 12:30 PM - 11/5/2017 3:00 PM
    Bunka no Hi is a Japanese national holiday celebrated on November 3rd. It celebrates culture as well as peace and freedom.  The State Court will be abuzz with displays and opportunities to learn more about Tea, Folk Dolls, Origami, Ikebana, Calligraphy, and more. Free.
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  • HOMESCHOOL MONDAYS


    Dates and Times: 11/6/2017 1:00 PM - 11/6/2017 3:00 PM
    World War One history is examined 
    WWI – The Early Years
    What caused this great conflict? What countries were involved?
    Join the Museum's new home school program series. Open for age appropriate students, ready to learn about a difficult conflict and who are eager to listen and learn.


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  • Toddler Story Time


    Dates and Times: 11/7/2017 10:00 AM - 11/7/2017 11:00 AM
    Bring your little one to our monthly program. and spend some quality time at the museum. We will read a book and do a related activity. Members free; museum admission.

    ...  read more »
  • Secrets from the Stacks - Veterans Day


    Dates and Times: 11/11/2017 10:00 AM - 11/11/2017 12:00 PM
    A one-morning pop-up display of pictures, books, manuscripts, or other items from the Library collection that you can actually sit down with and handle.  Free with Museum admission; drop in to the Research Library any time between 10 am and noon.


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  • Jazz on 2nd Sundays


    Dates and Times: 11/12/2017 2:30 PM - 11/12/2017 4:00 PM
    Buffalo Jazz Collective and The Buffalo History Museum present Buffalo Jazztet Plays Bebop: 100th Anniversary of Thelonius Monk.
    $5 Museum members (only), $12 general.

    For great savings, purchase a Museum membership; available at the front desk. 
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  • HOMESCHOOL MONDAYS


    Dates and Times: 11/13/2017 1:00 PM - 11/13/2017 3:00 PM
    World War One history is examined in the month of November
    11/13 • WWI – The Home Front
    What did the United States do before they entered the war?

    Join the Museum's new home school program series. Open for age appropriate students, ready to learn about a difficult conflict and who are eager to listen and learn.
  • At Buffalo!


    Dates and Times: 11/15/2017 6:00 PM - 11/15/2017 8:00 PM
    Get a glimpse inside the rehearsal room of AT BUFFALO, a new musical about the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. Join for a special site-specific rehearsal of select scenes from AT BUFFALO which features archival materials housed at the Buffalo History Museum and other local Buffalo archival institutions. The public rehearsal will also include a community dialogue about themes from the musical and the 1901 Pan-American Exposition: race, citizenship, immigration, and inclusion.  This event ...  read more »
  • Media & Member MVP Night


    Dates and Times: 11/16/2017 5:30 PM - 11/16/2017 7:00 PM
    Sneak preview of our new exhibit Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports. Food by Oliver's Restaurant and cash bar. Meet and greet with former Buffalo Bills player and spokesperson, Thurman Thomas.   ...  read more »
  • Community Game Day!


    Dates and Times: 11/17/2017 10:00 AM - 11/17/2017 8:00 PM
    Grand opening of the the long awaited exhibit! The Buffalo News and M&T Bank presents Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports. Throughout the day enjoy family friendly activities, photo-ops, and more. Wear your favorite sports attire to be entered to win a prize.
    Free all day.
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  • Veterans Project Training


    Dates and Times: 11/18/2017 11:00 AM - 11/18/2017 0:00 PM
    Presented in partnership with the Library of Congress and the American Folklore Society, Veterans History Project trainers will be traveling to Buffalo to present a special two-hour workshop designed to increase participants' understanding of the personal aspects of oral history interviewing.
    Training at 11:00 pm 
    Tour at 1:00 pm 
    For more information, or to register 
    call 716-873-9644 ext 320. Free.
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  • HOMESCHOOL MONDAYS


    Dates and Times: 11/20/2017 1:00 PM - 11/20/2017 3:00 PM
    World War One history is examined in the month of November
    WWI – The Front Lines
    What was a soldier’s life like? What did women do during the war?

    Join the Museum's new home school program series. Open for age appropriate students, ready to learn about a difficult conflict and who are eager to listen and learn.
  • Train Day!


    Dates and Times: 11/24/2017 1:00 PM - 11/24/2017 4:00 PM
    All aboard!!! The most popular holiday family event of the year.  See our model trains, participate in an artifact scavenger hunts, create a train-themed craft!  Live music by Rail Barons Band is also featured. Members free, museum admission. ...  read more »
  • Local Author Book Signing


    Dates and Times: 11/25/2017 12:00 PM - 11/25/2017 2:00 PM
    An annual favorite! Meet and greet with local authors. Great gift ideas for holiday shopping. More than 65 local authors will be on hand to meet and greet readers and sign purchased books. The wide range of publications-including cookbooks, neighborhood, regional and military history, novels and coffee-table books makes this a perfect opportunity to shop for a variety of tastes. Museum admission free during event hours.

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  • HOMESCHOOL MONDAYS


    Dates and Times: 11/27/2017 1:00 PM - 11/27/2017 3:00 PM
    WWI-The Aftermath
    Open for age appropriate students. Week four of our WWI series will answer the question, "What did the United States learn from this conflict?"
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  • Presidents and the Press


    Dates and Times: 11/29/2017 12:00 PM - 11/29/2017 2:00 PM
    In conjunction with the Buffalo Presidential Center, a panel discussion of the history of the relationships between the US Presidents and press and the importance of ensuring a free and independent press.

    An examination of the historic and contemporary importance of a free and independent media for a free society. 

    Distinguished Panel
    Jody Kleinberg Biehl
    Rose Ciotta
    Lee Coppola 
    Dan Herbeck 
    Robert McCarthy 
    Jay Wend ...  read more »
  • Jazz on 2nd Sundays


    Dates and Times: 12/10/2017 2:30 PM - 12/10/2017 4:00 PM
    Buffalo Jazz Collective Sextet Holiday Celebration!
    The Sextet returns to Second Sunday's, featuring Buffalo's top names in jazz. Swing into the holiday season with us - Bobby Militello even sings a carol or two.

    $5.00 Museum Members only/ $12. General Public
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  • Jazz on 2nd Sundays


    Dates and Times: 1/14/2018 2:30 PM - 1/14/2018 4:00 PM
    Caldwell Plays Basie with the Buffalo Jazz Collective Repertory Orchestra | 
    Artistic Director, George Caldwell, leads the BJC Repertory Orchestra in an afternoon of the music of the Count Basie Orchestra. For over 30 years, George has toured the world with groups such as the Count Basie Orchestra and Duke Ellington Orchestra and has performed with an extensive list of le ...  read more »
  • Jazz on 2nd Sundays


    Dates and Times: 2/11/2018 2:30 PM - 2/11/2018 4:00 PM
    Joe Ford Quartet 
    Buffalo, N.Y., born and raised, two-time Grammy award winner Joe Ford is an innovative soprano and tenor sax player. Ford taught music in the Buffalo Public Schools from 1968 to 1972, and he went on to work and play extensively with such artists as Sam Jones, Lester Bowie, Jimmy Owens, and more.
    $5.00 Museum Members only/ $12. General Public
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  • Jazz on 2nd Sundays


    Dates and Times: 3/11/2018 2:30 PM - 3/11/2018 4:00 PM
    Pat Labarbera Quartet
    We conclude our Second Sunday's series with New York native and Toronto jazz artist, Pat Labarbera. LaBarbera has performed and recorded consistently with Elvin Jones since 1975, appearing at premier jazz festivals all over the world. He has also worked with the bands of Louis Bellson, Woody Herman and spent several years touring and recording as the featured tenor saxophone soloist with the Buddy Rich Band.
    $5.00 Museum Members only/ $12. General P ...  read more »