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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.

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.

Visiting the Museum

The Museum is open with pay what you wish admission, Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m to 5 p.m


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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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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There are many ways to become involved with the Museum. Two of the most popular ways are by becoming a member or volunteering.

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


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.

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.

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On This Day In Buffalo

Friday, July 1

Eagle Theater opens, 1835

Eagle Street near Main

Main St. first lighted by electricity, 1882

Main Street, Buffalo, NY, United States

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra incorporated, 1936

St. Joseph's Cathedral dedicated, 1855

Franklin St.

Last day of IRC streetcar/trolley service, 1950

Millard Fillmore gives inaugural speech as first president of the Buffalo Historical Society, 1862

American Hall

Buffalo Fire Department established, 1880

Battle of Gettysburg begins, 1863

Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

Dominion Day at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Buffalo's segregated African School opens, 1839

Vine St, Buffalo, NY

Buffalo German Insurance Co. opens, 1876

Lafayette Square, 415 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA

Washington/Chippewa Market closes, 1965

Washington St & E Chippewa St, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA

Saturday, July 2

Buffalo Marine Airport dedicated, 1932

Foot of Georgia St. in present-day LaSalle park

Harry Leslie crosses Whirlpool Rapids on a tightrope, 1865

Mark Twain's house demolished, 1963

472 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

National League of American Wheelman holds annual convention in Buffalo, 1885

Canalside formally dedicated & opened to the public, 2008


Missouri Day at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Wellesley College Day at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

US Postal Service conducts first test of electric vehicles for mail delivery in Buffalo, 1899

Streetcar strike begins, 1922

Sunday, July 3

Women's Wheel & Athletic Club founded, 1888

Lounge singer Lance Diamond born, 1935

The New York State Building informally opens to the public, 1901

Pan-American Exposition

Telegraph service begins in Buffalo, 1846

Monday, July 4

Soldiers & Sailors Monument dedicated 1884

Lafayette Square

74th Regiment Armory cornerstone laid, 1885

Elmwod & Virginia St.

War of 1812 boulder dedicated 1896

Delaware Park meadow

Slavery Abolished in NY State, 1827

Parade House dedicated in Humboldt (Now Martin Luther King) Park, 1876

Ground broken for Erie Canal, 1817

Rome, NY, USA

Jean Lussier survives plunge over Niagara Falls in rubber ball, 1928

Connecticut St. (74th Regiment) Armory cornerstone laid, 1898

Connecticut Street, Connecticut St, Buffalo, NY 14213, USA

Buffalo City Anti-Slavery Society founded, 1834

Goo Goo Dolls perform live, 2004

Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

Governor Grover Cleveland attends the dedication of monument, 1884

Tuesday, July 5

Sisters Hospital incorporated, 1848

Virginia St.

NY State Building opens, Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Delaware Park

Transfiguration Church dedicated, 1897

State Reservation at Niagara Falls established, 1995

Niagara Falls, NY

Battle of Chippewa, 1814

Hattie Kruger of Buffalo announces her candidacy for NY State Treasurer, 1920

Curtiss-Wright Co. created from the merger of 12 companies, 1929

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