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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.

Red Jacket Medal

1792


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

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.

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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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.

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.

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On This Day In Buffalo

Thursday, October 22

Cartoonist Tom Toles born, 1951

Buffalo, NY, USA

Ingleside Home incorporated, 1869

Niagara Frontier Industrial Exposition opens, 1923

Broadway Auditorium

Friday, October 23

Twentieth Century Club incorporated, 1894

OB/GYN Barnett Slepian assassinated, 1998

Amherst, NY, USA

Deaconess Hospital opens, 1895

Presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower campaigns in Buffalo, 1952

First Recorded Earthquake in Buffalo, 1857

First earthquake recorded in Buffalo, 1857

Saturday, October 24

Anna Edson Taylor plunges over Niagara Falls in barrel, 1901

Niagara Falls, NY, USA

Belva Lockwood, 1884 presidential candidate born, 1830

Major General William H. Harrison arrives in Buffalo, 1813

Meeting to protest Fugitive Slave Bill, 1850

Collins Center, Collins, NY, USA

Juneteenth Festival incorporated, 1985

Sunday, October 25

Darwin D. Martin born, 1865

Bouckville, NY

Grover Cleveland nominated for mayor of Buffalo, 1881

Tivoli Hall

Frank Zappa records album "Buffalo," 1980

Memorial Auditorium

Buffalo KKK chapter burns a cross in vacant lot, 1922

Harlem Road, Harlem Rd, Buffalo, NY, USA

Queen Marie of Romania visits Buffalo, 1926

Presidential candidate William McKinley campaigns in Buffalo, 1894

Monday, October 26

Erie Canal opens, 1825

St. Mary's Infant Asylum & Maternity Hospital incorporated, 1898

126 Edward St, Buffalo, NY 14201, USA

Hotel owner Ellsworth M. Statler born, 1863

Theodore Roosevelt visits during campaign for governor, 1898