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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

Thursday, May 19

Ground Broken for Main St. Horsecar Line, 1860

Phased reopening of WNY after COVID-19 lockdown begins, 2020

Hamburg area reports 2.3 magnitude earthquake, 2020

Broadway Auditorium dedicated, 1913

201 Broadway, Buffalo, NY 14204, USA

Friday, May 20

Treaty of Buffalo Creek signed, 1842

Expanded Buffalo Historical Society building dedicated, 1929

1 Museum Ct, Buffalo, NY 14216, USA

Mayor William G. Fargo born, 1818

Pompey, NY 13084, USA

Town of Eden established, 1812

Vice President Theodore Roosevelt gives speech at Pan-American Exposition, 1901

Pan-American Exposition

Skull of Mammoth Discovered, 1934

Randolph, NY 14772, USA

Meyer Malting Co. elevator destroyed by fire, 1921

Niagara & Lafayette, Buffalo, NY

Monument to Wiedrich's Battery dedicated, 1889

Gettysburg, PA 17325, USA

Saturday, May 21

Cornerstone placed for Asbury Delaware Methodist Church, 1874

Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

Slavery prohibited in what is now Ontario, Canada, 1793

Newsboys & Bootblacks' Home opens, 1885

Eastern State grain elevator imploded, 2000

1132 Military Rd, Buffalo, NY 14217, USA

WGR Begins Broadcasting, 1922

Sunday, May 22

First voyage of the Canadiana, 1910

St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Orphan Home incorporated, 1874

Mineral Springs Road, Mineral Springs Rd, West Seneca, NY 14224, USA

Buffalo Free-Net incorporated, 1996

Hollister grain elevator destroyed by fire, 1858

Opening of the Newsboys and Bootblacks' Home, 1885

Monday, May 23

Village of Blasdell incorporated, 1898

National Civic Federation holds National Conference on Taxation, 1901

Buffalo Historical Society, Pan-American Exposition

Construction of Love Canal begins, 1894

Niagara Falls, NY, USA