Giving history! — and memorable images.


Dear Friends,

Many will consider a charitable gift today as our thoughts move towards the goodness of the season.

Experiencing history with you, we find the spirit of generosity wound through the stories of the first World War- a war that has recently vanished from living or communicative memory.

The powerful impact of this image has proven inestimable and intangible in value. Just as many of the photos documents, books, ephemera, and artifacts we conserve and preserve.

During World War I, the impact of the poster as a means of communication was greater than at any other time during history. Now in our State Court, three World War I poster exhibits (all from our collection), Paper Bullets: The Posters That Sold The War, carry the Museum through the end of the WWI centennial (2018) and into the main exhibit, coming this spring: For Home and Country. Each featured poster required conservation. More than 30 posters, in all, will have been conserved and displayed through the generous support of the Vukelic Family.

To give online http://www.buffalohistory.org/Support/Donate.aspx
or, by phone, please contact Alexis Greinert at (716) 873-9644 ext. 318.

On behalf of our dedicated board, staff, loyal members, and new and regular guests, I ask that you ‘help see us through’ this important exhibit, and many other offerings we bring — with you in mind. We cannot thank you, our supporters, enough for understanding the exponential worth of keeping this history. I know our work inspires, informs, and instills pride to all who visit.

My best to you this holiday season and in the New Year,

Melissa N. Brown
Executive Director

P.S. Don’t forget to be our guests throughout the year. See what you may like at www.buffalohistory.org.

Spotlight Artifact: Niagara Gorge Suspension Basket

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Basket, Suspension Iron Judge T.G. Hulett Ca. 1847

In 1846, New York State granted a charter to the International Bridge Company to build a suspension bridge across the Niagara River. At the same time, Canada granted a charter to the Niagara Falls Bridge Company of Canada West for the same purpose. The two companies came together to form a joint board of directors and hired Charles Ellet, Jr., a noted engineer and bridge builder from Philadelphia to build a wire railroad suspension bridge across the Niagara river about two miles below the Falls. It was Charles Ellet, Jr. who approached Theodore Graves Hulett about overseeing the iron works for the bridge and came to him with the first task of establishing a convenient means of communication across the gorge.

The Niagara gorge suspension basket has always drawn visitors’ attention. Constructed to carry people, with their tools and messages, across the Niagara gorge below the Falls, Ellet originally planned for this car to be made of wood. He wanted to build two towers on either bank with a wire cable stretched between and a car or basket suspended from the cable, large and strong enough to carry at least two people.  T.G. Hulett eventually convinced Ellet that a basket made of iron, with wooden seats, would be light enough to cross the wire with the use of iron rollers, but be strong enough to support passengers. The first passage was in the spring of 1848 and was made by Charles Ellet, Jr. This basket carried workmen and civilians alike, and it is estimated that approximately three-fourths of the passengers were women.

Rebecca Justinger

*This article was featured in The Buffalo History Museum‘s Fall 2015 issue of The Album.

Start Your Engines!

Last year’s 1st Antique & Classic Car Show at The Buffalo History Museum.

The Buffalo History Museum 2nd Annual Antique & Classic Car Show is nigh!

The rain or shine festivities will showcase prized autos that are true works of gleaming history, art and industry on wheels. Among the hundred plus cars anticipated (provided the weather is fair), this year introduces a special section for cars “Made In Buffalo” and will feature 1936 Pierce Arrow Coupe and 3 Playboy Motor Cars.

Adding to a full day of history fun, the Museum is offering free admission, free docent led mini- tours… And, what’s an event without food? Bring your own picnic or nosh on the old fashion menu of favorite festival foods while chillin’ out to the ‘Hit Parade’ tunes by DJ ICE!

Nalina Shapiro from Channel 4 – WIVB will host the awards ceremony portion of the event.

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News 4 Buffalo WIVB Nalina Shapiro

WHEN: Sunday, August 3, 2014
TIME: 12 noon – 4 p.m.
COST: Museum admission and show are free
WHERE: The Buffalo History Museum
One Museum Court (Elmwood Ave. and Nottingham Terr.)

Since our parking lot is filled with show cars, there is parking along the park edge and additional parking can be found in McKinley High School lot at 1500 Elmwood, just across the street and a half block north of the Museum

By the way, if you have a show car and wish to enter: registration for cars day of event is from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. Cost is only $15. The coveted dash plaque magnets – collected by participants – will be given to the first 100 registrants.

Affordable Summer Fun

SummerPassFlyerAs a twenty-something professional, looking for something to do after work – something cost effective, interesting, and fun – with so much going on in WNY, can be quite a hunt. That’s why I am so excited to share the news about the great deal that the Summer Season Pass offers.


Party on the Portico featuring the Informers, July 2013

The Buffalo History Museum has partnered with Preservation Buffalo Niagara this summer to offer a joint membership for the 2014 June, July and August months, for only twenty dollars!

All membership perks are honored by The Museum and PBN: free exhibits, discounted Party on the Portico happy hour series (only $5!), free educational programming, and much more.

All told, the Buffalover will fall even deeper in love with the city after taking advantage of this great deal. Check it out, give me a call and I’ll sign you up: 873 -9644 ext 318; or, register online.

Hope to see you on the Portico … or maybe at a lecture … or maybe on a tour!

Alexis Greinert
Donor Relations and Membership Coordinator