With your help, we preserve and share the stories of Western New York. While the museum collects stories that go back hundreds of years, we know that history is happening today. Contemporary collecting assures that evidence of our times and experiences will be preserved for generations to come.
We encourage you to submit videos, photographs, stories, related objects, and remembrances of these times. Participation ensures your experiences will be preserved in our archives. Learn how to help with each of our contemporary collecting initiatives below.
On January 26th, 2023, we created the Blizzard of 2022 Collection to document Western New Yorkers’ experiences during the devastating blizzard of Dec. 23-24, 2022. Click the links below to submit digital photos, videos, and memories of the extraordinary storm, and to view the collection.
To donate an object other than a photo or video related to the blizzard, please contact Michelle Harris, Senior Director of Museum Collections, at email@example.com.
On May 4th, 2020, we created our Chronicling COVID-19 Collection to record the impact of the pandemic on the people of our community. Since that time, we have received over 50 donations of items and testimonials that commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic, the lives lost to it, and the front-line healthcare professionals. Click the link below to submit digital photos, videos, and recollections. To donate an object related to the pandemic, contact Michelle Harris, Senior Director of Museum Collections, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Buffalo History Museum is a collaborating partner in the May 14th Community Collecting Initiative, a coalition of professionals, survivors, and community members impacted by the May 14, 2022 massacre. We are working with the broader community to collect, document, and preserve an intentional and authentic record of the horrific event. This collection work will include, but is not limited to, the preservation of mementos that will create a repository of collective memory.
Please see the link below for more information about the initiative. To inquire about donating a memento or object related to the tragedy, please contact Michelle Harris, Senior Director of Museum Collections, at email@example.com.
On June 24, 2011, Governor Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Act into law, enabling same-sex couples to legally wed in the State of New York. Not long after, the Newlywed Project was created to solicit wedding memorabilia from our region’s legally wed same-sex couples. We are interested in all objects related to your wedding: from vows, invitations, and receipts from your vendors to pictures of the wedding party, cake toppers, garments, and more. To donate, contact Cynthia Van Ness, Director of Library & Archives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buffalo punches above its weight in food culture. To better document the things we love to cook and eat, we are collecting menus from Buffalo-area cafes, restaurants, bars, and food trucks. The humblest pizza and wing joint is as important as the linen-tablecloth banquet hall.
We also want locally produced cookbooks. Did your church or charity or other organization publish a fundraising cookbook? Please donate a copy! Email Cynthia Van Ness, Director of Library & Archives, at email@example.com to donate.