Category Archives: Local History

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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Research Planning Tips for Visiting the Grosvenor Room

Research Guides – Check out our Research Guides before your visit so that you get the most out of your trip.  These guides outline materials available in the Grosvenor Room by subject.  They tell you what materials we have and … Continue reading

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Buffalo Talking Proud–30 Years Later

Anyone who lived through the 1980’s in Buffalo recalls the snappy jingle and the peppy woman in the red jumpsuit who sang the Queen City’s praises. Continue reading

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WNY Remembers 9/11

  Electric blue skies and warm temperatures greeted Western New Yorkers on the morning of September 11, 2001.  At 8:46 a.m. a commercial airliner crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower in Manhattan. The plane had been overtaken by … Continue reading

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Happy Labor Day weekend!

Labor Day became a national holiday in 1894, and Buffalo has a connection to its creation: President Grover Cleveland (Buffalo’s 34th Mayor) signed legislation in 1893 making the first Monday in September Labor Day.  Below are a few images of … Continue reading

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White Bros. Livery

The White Bros. Livery & Boarding Stable on Jersey Street, threatened with demolition in 2008, will soon be given new life as apartments.   Built in 1889 and designed by architect Richard Waite, the livery is considered an architectural treasure and … Continue reading

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Local Histories in Genealogy Research

Sources that often get overlooked in genealogy research are local histories.  County and town histories can provide important information about our ancestors, lead us to records, and help us get a better picture of our ancestors’ lives.  Here are some … Continue reading

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Bell Aircraft in Buffalo

The Bellringer. April 1943, p.11 Recently the Buffalo News featured two articles on the Bell Aircraft Corporation plane that was recovered in Russia more than 60 years after it left the plant in Wheatfield.  Astonishingly, the penciled signatures of two … Continue reading

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The fair is here!

One of the most anticipated events of the summer begins today–the 171st Erie County Fair!  Did you know that the fair was first held in Buffalo?  Organized by the County Agricultural Society in 1820, the first fairgrounds were located at the … Continue reading

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Brewing in Buffalo

A cold beer on a hot summer day is a welcome treat. Buffalo, N.Y. was once a hot bed of brewing activity. In honor of this fact and to coincide with the upcoming Brewfest, we present some Buffalo brewing history… … Continue reading

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