Category Archives: Local History

110th Anniversary of The NY to Paris Race

In 1908, a car manufactured in Buffalo gained international acclaim by winning the an unprecedented  “New York to Paris Race.” At the dawn of the 20th century, automobiles were an infant technology with none of the infrastructure we take for … Continue reading

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Pictorial Buffalo

Since book illustrator and artist Mario Zucca created his colorful pictorial “map” of Buffalo in 2016, the library has proudly displayed it in the Central Library’s Grosvenor Room.  Soon afterward, a creative enterprise by Zoom Copy reproduced the map as … Continue reading

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A Piece of Buffalo’s Church Music History Is Discovered

Amidst a book-shifting project, a Grosvenor Room staff member noticed a curious tome. The aged, inscribed volume revealed itself as a hand-drawn music manuscript. It belonged to Carl Friedrich Baum (1822-1899) who was a music teacher and organist.  Born in … 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 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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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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