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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.

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.

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.

On This Day In Buffalo

Saturday, October 16

Town of West Seneca established, 1851

Thruway Plaza opens, 1952

Cheektowaga, NY

Cornerstone laid for Buffalo Museum of Science, 1926

Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14211, United States

Civic Stadium opens, 1937

285 Dodge St, Buffalo, NY 14209, USA

Vice President Richard Nixon gives speech in Buffalo, 1956

New Jersey Day at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Detroit Day at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Sunday, October 17

Buffalo Lighthouse Association incorporated, 1985

President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates federal courthouse, 1936

Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

Buffalo Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. born, 1918

Detroit, MI, USA

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library dedicated, 1964

1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA

Marcus Garvey gives speech, 1920

Buffalo Technical High School

Theodore Roosevelt visits during campaign for governor, 1898

Mass meeting of colored citizens to oppose the Fugitive Slave Act, 1850

Clinton Hall

Presidential candidate Richard Nixon gives speech, 1968

Memorial Auditorium

University of Buffalo Day at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Monday, October 18

SUNY BCN opens, first known online search service, 1968

Bottlers' Day at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Tuesday, October 19

Cat named Lagara survives plunge over Niagara Falls in a barrel, 1901

Association for the Advancement of Women holds its 9th congress, 1881

Buffalo, NY, USA

Buffalo Convention Center opens, 1978

Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

Town of Grand Island established, 1852

Frank Sinatra performs at the Aud, 1979

Memorial Auditorium

Vitascope Theater opens, 1896

Ellicott Square Building, 295 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA

Buffalo Day at the Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Wednesday, October 20

Skyway opens, 1955

Buffalo waterfront

Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan addresses large crowd, 1900

The Broadway Market, 999 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14212, USA

Storm on Lake Erie sinks 27 ships, 1905

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village dedicated, 1973

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd, Amherst, NY 14228, USA

Daniel Bidwell monument unveiled, 1952

Colonial Circle, Colonial Cir, Buffalo, NY, USA

Franklin D. Roosevelt gives speech, 1928