Buffalo History Museum

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The Buffalo History Museum has announced plans to reopen to the public on Saturday, Aug. 1.

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The coronavirus pandemic is a historic event, so it's only natural The Buffalo History Museum has started an initiative to document and archive the shared experiences of those living through it. 

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For over twenty-five years the Buffalo History Museum has hosted Thanksgiving weekend events at their Elmwood Avenue location.

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A celebration of Indigenous Peoples and Nuclear-Free Future Day returns Friday to the Buffalo History Museum. Ahead of the event, local Native Americans and environmental activists explained how the issues of indigenous peoples and nuclear power are intertwined.

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The Buffalo History Museum launched a new family-friendly program Tuesday aimed at making the past come alive. It’s called Hands-On History, and it includes a mini-tour of select exhibits followed by related activities.

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The Buffalo History Museum has broken ground on the first phase of a $2 million restoration project.

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Fifty-two speakers were heard Monday nght, as the Erie County Legislature went through one of the rituals of the budget process: a three-hour-long public hearing on the County Executive's proposed spending plan.

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For a century and a half, local residents have used the park system established by the designs of Frederick Law Olmsted. A new exhibit probes the question, Who was Olmsted?

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Thursday's celebration of 11 years of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the Buffalo History Museum was more than a political statement. It was also a celebration of indigenous arts and crafts.

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Celebrations are set for Saturday’s grand opening of the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum’s new cultural center in Salamanca. The $18 million facility will showcase rarely seen artifacts of Seneca history and the living traditions of the Seneca people Wednesday. It also opens the way to the repatriation of Iroquois or Haudenosaunee artifacts in collections around the world.

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The journalism world these days is filled with allegations of fake news, confusion about what constitutes news, confusion about the First Amendment and those reporters who do responsible jobs. The news was the topic of a panel discussion before a packed house at the Buffalo History Museum Wednesday night.

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A Buffalo man has been sentenced for stealing historical documents from the Buffalo History Museum.

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You moved into the Elmwood Village and you wonder how whether changes have been made since your new house was built. The Buffalo History Museum may have the answer.

On April 6, 1917, the United States of America committed to participation in World War I by declaring war on Germany. The Buffalo History Museum is marking the centennial by opening a new exhibit that explores what was supposed to be "the war to end all wars." That exhibit includes tributes to Western New Yorkers who served and sacrificed for the war effort.

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Wednesday evening, the Buffalo History Museum is celebrating the launch of an updated book that celebrates some of the Queen City's vintage mansions.

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A newly-published book, Baseball in Buffalo, offers images of "America's Pastime" as it was played in Buffalo and Western New York since the mid-1800s.

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The Buffalo History Museum is looking to reopen space within the Pan-Am Exhibition Building that has been closed for approximately three decades. Museum officials offered an update on a capital campaign for a project inside the Nottingham Terrace building known as "Restore, Reactivate, Reconnect."

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The largest collection of Buffalo Bills memorabilia is now at the Buffalo History Museum, following the donation of Greg Tranter's personal collection.

After learning of the toxic waste that surrounded their homes, Love Canal residents began protests that captured national attention. Historian Richard Newman believes their efforts have had a lasting impact on the environment. 

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On Sunday, the Buffalo History Museum will host a conversation with Western New York native and celebrated actor William Fichtner. Prior to his return, Fichtner shared some time with WBFO.

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It was 11 years ago when the Buffalo Historical Society welcomed 20 local authors to a special book event. Now known as the Buffalo History Museum, the cultural institution welcomed 75 authors to this year's event.

A team from the Buffalo History Museum is driving back from Washington D.C. today with a new exhibit for the Elmwood Avenue landmark that features one of Buffalo's favorite sons. 

Contents of 1920 time capsule revealed

Mar 28, 2014
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A time capsule from 1920 was reveled at the Buffalo History Museum Friday.

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The Buffalo History Museum has been on the hunt for the most interesting bridesmaid dress and story in Western New York.  Last year, the museum featured a wedding dress contest. This year, in keeping with a wedding theme, it has asked women to dig deep into their closets for a bridesmaid dress. 

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An exhibit that honors the memory of former NBC newsman and South Buffalo native Tim Russert has found a new home at The Buffalo History Museum.

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People attending a fundraiser for Rep. Brian Higgins Monday night walked a gantlet of opponents to the South Buffalo Democrat, including Carl Paladino.

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As holiday shopping heats up, there are dozens of local authors anxious for you to purchase their books.


A Buffalo man has been arrested and charged with stealing and attempting to sell historical documents from The Buffalo History Museum.

Pop Up 1812 exhibit at Wine War event

Apr 30, 2013
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The War of 1812 will be the theme of the Buffalo History Museum's new fundraising event this Friday. The first-ever Wine War will be held at Hotel @ the Lafayette.  The History Museum has subtitled the event  a "Spirited Skirmishes across the Niagara Frontier". 

The name 'The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society' is now a thing of the past. The landmark institution announced Thursday it will now simply be known as The Buffalo History Museum. 

The 150-year-old museum also has a new logo and work will begin soon on installing a new signature sign outside of the campus at Elmwood Avenue and Nottingham Court. 

Executive Director Melissa Brown says the decision to re-brand was made after research showed a lack of identity among many in the community.