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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.

Red Jacket Medal


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.

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.

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.

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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Volunteers assist with nearly every aspect of museum operations with invaluable contributions such as helping with fundraising events, giving 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.

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.

On This Day In Buffalo

Tuesday, October 4

Temple Beth Zion destroyed by fire, 1961

599 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

Justice Robert H. Jackson speaks at UB, 1946

University at Buffalo - South Campus

Jane Fonda & Tom Hayden visit Buffalo, 1979

Love Canal rally, Buffalo City Hall

Photographer Milton Rogovin refuses to answer questions at Buffalo HUAC hearing, 1957

Pennsylvania Day at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Wednesday, October 5

Zoological Society of Buffalo incorporated, 1931

First General Pulaski Day memorial parade held, 1947

First Buffalo Porchfest, 2013

Janis Joplin performs in Clark Gym, 1968

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260, USA

Common Grounds, Buffalo's first internet cafe, opens, 1995

Janis Joplin performs, 1968

Clark Gym, University at Buffalo

Peru Day at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Thursday, October 6

Earliest recorded snowfall in Buffalo, 1991

King Albert, Queen Elizabeth, and Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium visit Buffalo, 1919

Senator Hillary Clinton welcomes Dublin (Ireland) Chamber of Commerce members to Buffalo, 2002

Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Ct, Buffalo, NY 14216, USA

Harriet Beecher Stowe Reads "Uncle Tom's Cabin" at St. James Hall, 1873

Sisterhood of Zion Settlement House incorporated, 1893

First International Industrial Exhibition opens, 1869

Friday, October 7

Daredevil Sam Patch jumps from Niagara Falls & survives, 1829

Telegraph messenger boys go on strike, 1901

Illinois Day at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Saturday, October 8

St. Matthews RC Church dedicated, 1911

E. Ferry

The Buffalo Brewery destroyed by fire, 1825

Buffalo United Artists incorporated, 1998

National Pierogie Day

Twentieth Century Club founded, 1894

Twentieth Century Club, 595 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

President Harry S. Truman gives speech, 1948

Erie (PA) City Day at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Brooklyn Day at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901