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1872 Hopkins Atlas Plate


A map of buildings and owners in what we know as Canalside today. In 1872, when this map was made, Buffalo’s canal district was a dense, roiling center of commerce, industry, transportation, immigration, wealth, poverty, crime, and disease.

Red Jacket Medal


Peace medal presented to Seneca orator Red Jacket by President George Washington in Philadelphia in 1792. The medal bears symbolic imagery of peaceful coexistence between the United States and Native Americans.

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Apostolic Clock


An iconic timepiece created over the span of 35 years as a passion project by local engineer Myles Hughes. Before his death in 1923, he donated it to The Buffalo History Museum to be shared with the community. Like many late 19th century monumental clocks, its design was inspired by the Strasbourg Cathedral Clock of 1842. Apostles parade around Jesus every half hour with Peter turning his back to Jesus.

Pan-Am Night Scene Panoramic


In 1901 when the Pan-American Exposition opened, the sheer volume and color of electric lights, designed to be experienced after dark, was a new experience for Americans. This view, looking north from the Triumphal Bridge, includes the Temple of Music, Machinery and Transportation Buildings, Court of Fountains, Electric Tower, Manufactures Building, Liberal Arts and Ethnology Building, and part of the Government Building.

Evelyn Rumsey Cary Suffrage Poster


This poster was a favorite of the women’s suffrage movement. Created by Evelyn Rumsey Cary (1855-1924) of Buffalo, it is an elegant example of Art Nouveau graphic design, depicting a female figure transformed into a fruit tree. The building behind her may be based on the east façade of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

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In 2021, The Buffalo History Museum will debut a feature exhibit celebrating the 200th anniversary of Erie County. What are the stories, events, and people that have shaped Erie County in the past 70 years? Please help us tell this story by giving your input.


Iver-Johnson Revolver

ca. 1901

Iver-Johnson, 32 caliber, nickel plated revolver used by Leon Czolgosz to assassinate President William McKinley outside the Temple of Music at the Pan American Exposition.

Grover Cleveland’s Cake Box & Cake


Cake box given as a wedding favor to the guests of the wedding of President Grover Cleveland to Frances Folsom in the White House on June 2, 1886. Inside the box there is still a portion of the dark cake that was given to the guests.

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Pony Coat


This overcoat belonged to Henry J. Miller. He was very close with his horse, Skip, and when Skip passed away in 1919, Henry had him made into this overcoat.

Larkin Photo in Atrium

The Larkin Administration Building was the first major commercial commission in Frank Lloyd Wright’s career. The central court shown here provided natural light to all five floors. The Larkin Building was demolished in 1950.

Scott Norwood Helmet


Scott Norwood’s only helmet worn in Super Bowl XXV, SB XXVI, Pro Bowl, regular season and playoff games from 1985-1991. It is part of the Greg D. Tranter Collection of Buffalo Bills Memorabilia.

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Winifred Stanley Poster


Pioneering attorney Winifred Stanley (1909-1996), who grew up in Buffalo and earned her law degree from the University at Buffalo, was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1942. In 1944, she introduced the first equal pay legislation in American history. She is buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Tonawanda. Donated by Mary Louise Stanley.


Ca. 1895

This is Madame Le Doll, an automaton imported from a doll show in Paris and was the highlight of the Great Buffalo Doll Show in 1895. With a turn of a key, Madame Le Doll turns her head, fans herself, twirls her parasol, breathes, and winks.

Mary Talbert Portrait


Portrait of Mary Burnett Talbert (1866-1923) by G. Gonzalez, a civil rights activist, educator, and WWI Red Cross nurse. Talbert was a tireless worker for human rights in the late 19th and early 20th century and is perhaps best remembered for laying the foundations for the passage of the Dyer Anti-Lynch Bills.

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On This Day In Buffalo

Friday, July 10

Lockport High School cornerstone laid, 1890

Lockport, NY

Millard Fillmore takes oath of office as President, 1850

US House of Representatives, U.S. Capitol, Washington, DC 20515, USA

Lackawanna Public Library dedicated, 1922

Ridge Road, Lackawanna, NY, United States

Buffalo chapter of American Red Cross founded, 1916

Buffalo Braves incorporated, 1970

Inventor Nikola Tesla born, 1856

Saturday, July 11

Battle of Black Rock, 1813

Scajaquada Creek

Cornerstone laid for St. Joseph's University church, 1893

First Niagara Movement meeting held, 1905

Erie Beach Hotel, Fort Erie, ON, Canada

Buffalonian Abner Cutler patents the first roll-top desk, 1882

Vice President Calvin Coolidge gives speech, 1922

Ellicott Club

Sunday, July 12

Islamic Society of Buffalo incorporated, 1999

Connecticut St. Armory suffers massive fire, 1982

Armory, 311 Connecticut St, Buffalo, NY 14213, USA

National Eat Your Jell-O Day

John Lay becomes the first person buried in Forest Lawn, 1850

Buffalonian Madeline Davis becomes the first openly gay person to address a national political convention, 1972

1972 Democratic National Convention, Miami, FL

The Buffalo Germans basketball team win the gold medal at the Summer Olympics, 1904

St. Louis, MO, USA

Johnny Mathis performs, 1978

First Electrical Lighting of Buffalo Streets, 1881

Monday, July 13

Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church cornerstone laid, 1871

Delaware & Tupper

Hutchinson High School cornerstone laid, 1913

Elmwood Avenue, Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY, USA

Brush Electric Co. installs Buffalo's first electric streetlights, 1881

Ganson Street, Ganson St, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA

Capt. Richard M. Sroka dies in Vietnam, 1964

Politician Jack Kemp born, 1935

Elvis Presley performs, 1975

Niagara Falls, NY, USA

Tuesday, July 14

Luna Park destroyed by fire, 1909

Delavan & Jefferson

Village of Lancaster, NY incorporated, 1849


Construction begins on Lackawanna Steel Plant, 1900

Lackawanna, NY, USA

Merger of the Daily Courier and Morning Express newspapers, 1926

Buffalo Launch Club opens, 1906

Grand Island, NY, USA