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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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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

Saturday, March 25

Buffalo Sugar City incorporated, 2013

First meeting of what became the Buffalo Historical Society, 1862

Orsamus Marshall's law office, 336 Main Street, upstairs

Town of Brant established, 1839

Buffalo Music Hall & St. Louis Church destroyed by fire, 1885

Main & Tupper

Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson dies, 2014

Pointe Shores, MI

Buffalo Common Council votes to integrate Buffalo public schools, 1872

D.A. Thomas R. Penney turns over McKinley assassination weapon to the Buffalo Historical Society, 1902

Architect George Cary born, 1859

Buffalo, NY

Brecker building demolished, 2011

630 High St.

Sunday, March 26

Louis LeCouteulx appointed first clerk of Niagara County, 1808

Now Erie County

St. Stephens Hall torn down, 1935

Lockport incorporated as a village, 1829

Lockport, NY 14094, USA

Former President Harry S. Truman is given Honorary LL.D. Degree, 1962

Canisius College, 2001 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14208, USA

Pollard Street name changed to Jefferson Street, 1855

Jefferson Avenue, Jefferson Ave, Buffalo, NY, USA

Amelia Earhart visits Buffalo Aviation Show, 1929

Broadway Market opens, 1890

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

Monday, March 27

Town of Newstead established, 1823

Masten Park High School destroyed by fire, 1912

Firemen's Benevolent Association incorporated, 1837

Buffalo & Niagara Falls Electric Railway incorporated, 1893

Town of Alden established, 1823

Birth of Mary Abigail Fillmore, daughter of Millard, 1832

Tuesday, March 28

First Presbyterian Church dedicated, 1827

Directors Postpone Pan American Exposition until 1901 due to Spanish-Amercian War, 1898

WGR-AM radio begins broadcasting, 1922

Wednesday, March 29

Ice jam causes Niagara Falls to stop flowing, 1848

Harbor Inn demolished, 2003

50 Chicago St.

Groundbreaking for Explore & More Children's Museum, 2017

Town of Lancaster is Established, 1833

Lancaster, NY, USA

Samuel Pratt is authorized by NY State to build a toll bridge across Buffalo Creek, 1811

Buffalo Creek, New York, USA

Musica Sacra, a singing society, founded, 1820

Pro-Hitler German American League holds national convention, 1936

Statler City, 107 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

National Vietnam Veteran Day