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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

Friday, April 12

Canisius College incorporated, 1881

Lockport voters become the first in the U.S. to use voting machines.

Lockport, NY 14094, USA

Police boat "Grover Cleveland" goes into service, 1915

Grover Cleveland first arrives in Buffalo, 1855

Lewis Allen's house, 1192 Niagara St.

Saturday, April 13

Thomas Jefferson born, 1743

Albemarle County, VA, USA

Vice President George H.W. Bush gives campaign speech, 1988

Black Rock annexed, 1853

Buffalo, NY

Sunday, April 14

Edward A. Kent dies on Titanic, 1912

Sister Karen Klimczak murdered, 2006

Pilot Field opens, 1988

Coca-Cola Field, Washington St.

Buffalo & Erie Railroad Company incorporated, 1832

Aurora & Buffalo Railroad Company incorporated, 1832

Buffalo Islamic Cultural Center incorporated, 2014

Buffalo Merchants Exchange incorporated, 1882

Fleischman grain elevator destroyed by fire, 1921

Death of Judge John T. Curtin, 2017

First Annual Juvenile Horse Show opens, 1928

Delavan Ave. Armory

Edward J. Butler Library dedicated, 1970

Buffalo State College

Monday, April 15

Town of Wales established, 1818

Town of Holland established, 1818

Michigan St . YMCA dedicated, 1928

State Normal School cornerstone laid, 1869

Normal Avenue, Buffalo

UB School of Library & Information Studies founded, 1966

New York State Legislature authorizes the construction of the Erie Canal, 1817

Buffalo Police Precinct #13 opens, 1895

Austin Street, Austin St, Buffalo, NY 14207, USA

Arlo Guthrie performs, 1984

University at Buffalo

S.S. Titanic sinks, taking the lives of a few WNYers with it, 1912


Buffalo Historical Society's third meeting, 1862

7 N Division St, Buffalo, NY 14203, USA

Tuesday, April 16

Town of Tonwanda established, 1836

National Librarian Day

Bishop John Timon dies, 1867

Buffalo population hits 475,000, 1915

Station WWT goes on the air, first radio broadcast in Buffalo, 1922