Category Archives: Local History

Local Women’s History

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March is National Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the unique lives and achievements of women.  Several prominent and notable women have called Western New York home.  Below are just some of the Buffalo women who were well-known for … Continue reading

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Upcoming Event: Author Talk

Former Time  magazine correspondent and Newsweek reporter Douglas Waller will talk about his new book, Wild Bill Donovan, at the Central Library’s Ring of Knowledge on Monday, March 7 from 12-1pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing.   Donovan … Continue reading

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Buffalo’s Historical Hollywood Connections

  With the Academy Awards airing this Sunday, there is alot of Oscar buzz.  Take a break from today’s award news and read about some of Buffalo’s historical Hollywood figures! Lucille “Babe” Brown Barlow (abt. 1918 – 1992) was a child actor.  … Continue reading

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Colgan Air/Continental Flight 3407 Two Years Later

On February 12, 2009 at 9:20 p.m. Colgan Air Flight 3407 departed late from Newark’s Liberty International Airport en route to Buffalo Niagara International Airport. At around 10:17 p.m. the plane stalled about five miles from its destination and crashed into a home … Continue reading

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Celebrating African American History

In 1926 American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week in order to commemorate and honor the contributions to our nation made by African-Americans.  For many years, it was celebrated during the second week of February to coincide with … Continue reading

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Tips on Tracing Family Lines that Include Enslaved Ancestors

1. Interview ancestors. Collect and analyze family stories. 2. Obtain vital records. 3. Research in census records beginning with the most recent available.  Look through 3-4 pages before and after your ancestors, and note families with the same last name … Continue reading

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Milton Rogovin, 1909-2011

Social documentary photographer, supporter of leftist causes, and Buffalo resident Milton Rogovin died on January 18th.  He was ostracized for his political beliefs and his refusal to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) For fifty years he captured images of what … Continue reading

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