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Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1940 Census

Census records aren’t just for family history. They help us learn about historical persons, communities, and the social and economic condition of our country.  Grosvenor Room staff decided to see what we could find out about Martin Luther King, Jr. … Continue reading

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From Stage to Screen

The 1930s were the start of the “golden age” of Hollywood films.  Many film actors of this era began their careers in theatre, and some continued to perform on Broadway and on stages across the country, even as “moving pictures” … Continue reading

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New Collection: Erie County Poorhouse Records

The Erie County Poorhouse of Buffalo, NY and succeeding institutions known as the Erie County Alms House, Erie County Hospital, and Erie County Home & Infirmary (Alden, NY), operated as a social safety net for the region’s poor and infirm.  … Continue reading

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The Central Library After Hours: The Grosvenor Room Genealogy Lock-In

On October 6th, an evening of fellowship and discovery was hosted by the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (BECPL) and the Western New York Genealogical Society (WNYGS).  A “Genealogy Lock-In” was organized in support of the Western New York … Continue reading

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The Play’s the Thing…in Buffalo

Buffalo theater-buffs had plenty of entertainment options during our illustrious history, and the Grosvenor Room has the playbills and programs to prove it!  Vaudeville, dramatic theater, and musical comedy were all popular, and hundreds of venues have come and gone … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones Surnames

[SPOILERS AHEAD]   Knee deep into this season of Game of Thrones, some of our Grosvenor Room staff got to wondering about possible real life Starks, Targaryens, Lannisters, and the many other family names in the fantasy series.  Using the … Continue reading

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Buffalo Kit Homes

You may have heard of Sears houses, the “kit homes” that prospective owners could select from a catalog and build themselves.  But did you know that Western New York was home to another company that designed and sold beautiful house … Continue reading

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