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1872 Hopkins Atlas Plate

1872


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.

Mary Talbert Portrait

1929


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.

Construction at the Museum

The Museum is open with pay what you wish admission, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Uncovering history kicks up some dust! Due to ongoing historic restoration, parts of our lower level and our accessible entrance will be temporarily closed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and encourage you to call (716) 873-9644 ext. 309 or email kreed@buffalohistory.org for updates on construction and access.

Later this year, you can look forward to the grand reopening of the Museum’s lower level, restored to the original vision of architect George Cary! Learn more from our press release.

Pan-Am Night Scene Panoramic

1901


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

1905


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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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

1886


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

1919–1920


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

1985–1991


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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Members support the Museum with an annual fee that includes perks such as free admission, discounted admission to programs, invitations to members-only events, and more

Volunteers help with fundraising events, providing guided museum tours, and cataloging artifacts.

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Winifred Stanley Poster

1942


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.

Automaton

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.

Apostolic Clock

1881


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.

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On This Day In Buffalo

Wednesday, June 16

Buffalo City Planning Association incorporated, 1920

Industrialist Spencer Kellogg born, 1851

Galway, NY 12074, USA

Scientist Marie Curie visits Buffalo, 1921

Thursday, June 17

Sen. Robert F. Kennedy visits Buffalo, 1965

Buffalo Cooperative Economic Society opens grocery store, 1939

323 Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY 14204, USA

James L. Crane Branch Library opens, 1955

Crane Branch Library, 633 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222, USA

Bunker Hill Day at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Friday, June 18

Buffalo Burmese Center incorporated, 2014

War of 1812 officially declared, 1812

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addresses Sunday School & Baptist Training Union convention, 1960

Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, NY

Filipino girl born at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Philippine Village exhibit at the Midway

Three Thayer brothers publicly executed, 1825

Vicinity of what is now Niagara Square

Batavia Street renamed as Broadway, 1877

Saturday, June 19

U.S. Post Office cornerstone laid, 1897

S. Division St.

Elbert Hubbard born, 1856

Bloomington, IL

Our Lady of Victory Shrine announced, 1921

Lackawanna, NY

Village of Buffalo trustees formally drop Ellicott's original Dutch street names, 1826

Delaware Avenue declared a "public highway," 1826

Church of the Seven Dolors dedicated, 1887

Genesee & RIch

Congresswoman Winifred Stanley of Buffalo introduces the first equal pay legislation in America, 1944

Father Nelson Baker enlists in the NY State Militia, 1863

Teutonia Park opens, 1888

North of MLK Park

Chippewa Market Opens for Business, 1859

Sunday, June 20

Andrew J. Smitherman, pioneering African-American newspaper publisher, dies, 1961

Mary B. Talbert launches Anti-Lynching Crusaders campaign, 1920

Shirley Chisholm gives speech, 1972

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA

Governor Grover Cleveland visits Buffalo, 1883

James Fenimore Cooper Visits Buffalo, 1847

Connecticut Day at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901