Category Archives: Local History

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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A New Grosvenor Room Guide

Attention genealogists and historians!  The Grosvenor Room has a new research guide. It’s called Early Genealogy Sources for Buffalo & Erie County, and covers Grosvenor Room resources from 1880 backwards.  We hope it helps break down some of your brick walls!

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Buffalo Women’s History: Architect Louise Blanchard Bethune

  Louise Blanchard Bethune was born  Jennie Louise Blanchard in Waterloo, NY in 1856.  She lived in Buffalo from 1866 until her death in 1913.  After graduating from Buffalo High School in 1874, she took a position as an apprentice … Continue reading

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Newly digitized newspaper index, 1983-1996

One of the in-house (in-library?) newspaper & magazine article indexes created by Buffalo & Erie County Public Librarians is now available online!  Known to some as the “blue book” indexes, the volumes of The Western New York Index are the key to … Continue reading

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Holidays…in the “olden days”

Our scrapbook collection never fails to surprise and delight us!  In a few volumes devoted to holidays, we find that librarians saved newspaper articles that featured the origins and traditions of many celebrated days. Here are a few items on Halloween: … 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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