The original Red Jacket medal is one of the most treasured artifacts in Western New York and was repatriated to the Seneca Nation from the Museum in May of 2021. The Red Jacket medal was presented by President George Washington to Seneca Chief Red Jacket (Sagoyewatha) in 1792, the medal bears symbolic imagery of the peaceful coexistence between the United States and Native Americans. The tradition of the Red Jacket Award is inspired by the imperative to continue acknowledging individuals who, through continued and devoted service, strive to support the connections in our region with our heritage.
Congratulations to our 2023 honorees!
Honors individuals for their unbroken devotion to the civic progress of Western New York
|OWEN B. AUGSPURGER|
Honors individuals for outstanding service to the cause of regional history
|DANIEL B. NIEDERLANDER|
Honors an organization for outstanding history programming
Black Rock Historical Society
The M&T Bank Charitable Foundation
Richard & Karen Penfold
Jayne Rand, Cheryl Lyles, Steve Lakomy, MD
William & Maureen O’Donnell
|Anne Conable & Scott Wood|
Louise & Charles Kreiner
Trudy & Van Mollenberg
|Jeanne & Tony DeCillis|
Jane & William Mathias
Patricia & Warren Gelman
Each year, The Buffalo History Museum recognizes local leaders and organizations for their contributions to our community. The Museum collaborated with the Buffalo community this year, by opening the ability to nominate individuals for the Red Jacket, Daniel B. Niederlander, and Owen B. Augspurger Awards to the general public.
The Awards Committee, comprised of current and past members of our Board of Managers, community members, and previous award recipients, review all nominations. The selected candidates are then presented to The Buffalo History Museum’s Board of Managers for voting.
Help us recognize pillars of our community in civic progress, service, support of local history, and more. Nominate an individual or organization today!
Nominations are due by 11:59pm on Monday, April 3, 2023
Established in 1957, The Red Jacket Award is presented by The Buffalo History Museum in recognition of “quiet, continued, unbroken devotion to our civic progress and needs by one who, through such devotion, has thereby enlarged our awareness of our heritage in order that it may be built upon for the enrichment of our future.”
The following should guide you in your nominations:
Special consideration and emphasis should be placed on community service and civic contributions outside of the candidate’s professional career.
The Owen B. Augspurger Award was established in 1974 in honor of Owen B. Augspurger (1913-1969), a former History Museum president, and a Red Jacket awardee (1969). The award is presented to an individual for outstanding service to the cause of local history.The
following criteria should guide you in the nomination of awardees:
The Daniel B. Niederlander Award was established in 1975, in honor of Niederlander (1895-1964), a former History Museum president, businessman, and dedicated civic leader. The award is presented to a local education, cultural or heritage organization for outstanding programming.
The following criteria should guide you in the nomination of organizations: