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Major League Lefty in Buffalo Yearbook

Warren Spahn, the left-handed baseball pitcher, didn’t actually graduate from South Park High School when a career in sports intervened. The Cy Young Award winner, who played for 21 years in the National League and has the distinction of having … Continue reading

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American Historian in Buffalo Yearbook

Richard Hofstadter was an American intellectual and historian twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his works, The Age of Reform (1956) and Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (1964). Born in Buffalo in 1916, he attended the Fosdick-Masten Park High School. He … Continue reading

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From the Library Archives: Central Library Dedication, October 17, 1964

This week we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the dedication of our Central Library building. On October 17, 1964, the newly built 5-story Library, the anchor of the Buffalo & Erie County System, was formally opened by civic leaders, authors, … Continue reading

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Images of School Days Past

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Our Ancestors’ Summers

Our Ancestors’ Summers, Circa 1870-1880: Preparing to travel: A boy’s summer outfit: Women’s swimsuits: Cooling off on a breezy mountain top:

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Erie County Penitentiary Records Are Now in Ancestry ———We Found a Familiar Name!

If you are looking for the skeleton in your ancestor’s closet, Ancestry has just added a record set that may help.  Various New York State prison records are now available for research.  To access Erie County records, search for this … Continue reading

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A Different Kind of Buffalo Celebrity

Dr. Harvey Tananbaum, for many years the Director of NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory, was also a graduate of Bennett High School. Dr. Tananbaum also has the distinction of having been photographed studying at the Grosvenor Library in April of 1960. … Continue reading

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