Category Archives: Local History

A Buffalo Weather Bibliography

  Annual Meteorological Summary of Buffalo, New York – U. S. Department of Agriculture, Weather Bureau.  Buffalo QC 984.N6 U62.  Buffalo weather data for the years 1906-1939.  Monthly summaries of data such as temperature, precipitation, and wind is given as … Continue reading

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Snowy Buffalo Days Gone By

Check out this photo of a snow plow trying to make its way down a Buffalo street following a blizzard! This clipping is in the “Weather” scrapbook, one of many in the Grosvenor Room’s scrapbook collection.

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Say it ain’t snow!

   Earlier this week we were a bit surprised by a heavy snowfall that snarled traffic, left motorists stranded along the New York State Thruway, closed schools and prompted driving bans. Buffalo and its surrounding suburbs are no strangers to snow … Continue reading

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Happy Hanukkah!

Buffalo’s first citywide celebration of Hanukkah took place in 1945.  The Jewish Education Bureau and the Jewish Center were two sponsors of the event.  The day’s activities included prayer led by Rabbi Gedaliah Kaprow of the Humboldt Orthodox Center. The … Continue reading

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Turkey Day

A look through the Grosvenor Room’s Local History File reveals Thanksgiving Days of yesteryear when the ability to have a turkey on the table was questionable. World War II was on and the U.S. sent troops into battle, which meant … Continue reading

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Veterans Day

“The war to end all wars” or World War I came to a halt when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of … Continue reading

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Celebrating 75 Years of the BPO

On October 20th the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will celebrate its 75th anniversary! The Grosvenor Room will present a display of library materials from the archives of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library that chronicle the history of the BPO … Continue reading

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Local Hauntings

From September 23-November 7, the Library is presenting the Big Read 2010.  This year’s featured author is Edgar Allan Poe, who is best known for his works of horror.  In honor of Mr. Poe, the following are some sources related … Continue reading

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Buffalo Sabres Big 4-0!

When the puck drops at 7:30 p.m. on Fri. Oct. 8th in Ottawa, the Sabres will begin their 40th season in the NHL!  The Buffalo Sabres were one of two expansion teams allowed to join the League in 1970. The … Continue reading

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Here Come the Judges and their WNY Connections

The first Monday in October is traditionally the opening day of the U.S. Supreme Court. This year will be notable because three women will be part of the bench. Buffalo’s connection to the Court starts at the top with John … Continue reading

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