New York State Museum

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Although records are sparse, New York State's museum archives can document at least six Erie County residents who served in the all-black 369th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed by the Germans of WWI as the "Harlem Hellfighters." On Friday, their story will be told by some of the soldiers themselves, in a free showing of the film "Men of Bronze: The Black American Heroes of World War I" at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library in Buffalo.

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Historians from across the state are bringing their knowledge to the Western New York area this week. Museum employees, archivists, librarians, and more will take part in the 36th annual conference on New York State History at Niagara University from Thursday, June 18th, to Saturday, June 20th. The three-day event aims to draw many teachers to the table, as their participation may be key to the state’s future.