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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.

Visiting the Museum

The Museum is open with pay what you wish admission, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Masks are required inside the Museum, regardless of vaccination status.

 

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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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, September 22

An estimated 7,000 workers at Lackawanna Steel go on strike, 1919

Lackawanna, NY, USA

Tommy Dorsey & Frank Sinatra perform in Norton Hall, 1941

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA

Birth of Buffalo artist Hubert Crawford, 1910

Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

Buffalo Industrial Exposition opens, 1915

Broadway Auditorium

Thursday, September 23

Steelworker Casimir Mazurek shot to death at Lackawanna Steel Plant, 1919

Bethlehem Steel Plant

IRS Agent Michael Dillon killed in the line of duty, 1983

Cheektowaga, NY, USA

Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco born, 1970

Buffalo, NY, USA

Glen Park Casino destroyed by fire, 1968

Williamsville, NY

Didier Pasquette walks tightrope, 2010

Above Liberty Building, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

Friday, September 24

Mayor Byron Brown born, 1958

Queens, NY, USA

Mercy Hospital opens, 1904

Tifft St & South Park Ave, United States

Forest fires in Canada darken skies in Buffalo, 1950

Noon Rest Opens in Downtown Buffalo, 1895

Czolgosz Court Case Continues, 1901

Saturday, September 25

Buffalo Municipal Airport opens, 1926

100th NY Volunteer Infantry Monument dedicated, 1918

Front Park

Abraham Lincoln & family briefly visit Buffalo & Niagara Falls, 1848

Czolgosz is Visited by Family Members for the First Time Since Arrest, 1901

Sunday, September 26

St. Mary's Institute for the Instruction of Deaf-Mutes incorporated, 1853

Sternberg grain elevator destroyed by fire, 1883

Fire destroys 10 blocks in the Canal district, 1853

Explosion at E.B. Holmes iron works, 1863

Chicago Street, Chicago St, Buffalo, NY 14204, USA

Shirley Chisholm announces her candidacy for president, 1971

The Who performs in Rich Stadium, 1982

New Era Field, 1 Bills Dr, Orchard Park, NY 14127, USA

Ground broken for the Pan-American Exposition, 1899

Former President Gerald Ford gives speech, 1988

Leon Czolgosz is Given Execution Sentence, 1901

Tornado touches down in Tonawanda, 1898

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