Category Archives: Local History

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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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2011

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday. After a long struggle, the law was signed in 1983. Observance began in 1986. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of … Continue reading

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Famous Look-Alikes: Part Two

Here are our famous look-alikes and who the Grosvenor Room staff think they resemble:         Robert Downey Jr. Source: Men of Buffalo. Chicago: Marquis, 1902. Online @

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