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Commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I in 1917, this exhibit looks back to a critical time in our nation’s history, emphasizing Buffalo’s role in the war. Central to this exhibition is the Library’s extraordinary collection of World War I posters, representing some of the finest graphically designed war propaganda from the United States, Canada and Europe.View Details
When the sun goes down and the lights come up in the pergola, tours at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex take on a whole new sense of drama. The pergola and conservatory are breath-taking at twilight, showing off the cast of the Nike of Samothrace, in a unique and ambient glow. Tour length is 1 1/2 hours, begins at the Gardeners Cottage.
Tour start times: June~ 7:30 pm, July~ 7:00 pm, August~ 6:30 pmView Details
The home of two presidents, Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, Buffalo has also played host to many American presidents for important speeches and other occasions, the most infamous being President McKinleys visit to the Pan-Am Exposition in 1901 that ended with his assassination. Some of the presidential stories are often told, while others are less widely known. Join on this tour to learn the presidents who are prominent in Buffalo history.View Details
This downtown walking tour focuses on buildings built in Buffalo in one of the twentieth centurys most distinctive architectural styles: Art Deco – a unique style combining traditional motifs with modern imagery and materials of the Machine Age, prevalent in the 20’s & 30’s. Characterized by its use of bold geometric shapes, rich colors, and lavish ornamentation, Art Deco buildings stand out for their beauty and symbolism.View Details
On the third Friday of every month, the Buffalo History Museum, Resource Center and select events are free for visitors. Experience new exhibits and events, docent-led tours and more. (Resource Center is located at 459 Forest Avenue, same hours apply).View Details
This guided food tour (just minutes from Niagara Falls) offers unique one-of-a-kind food tastings (enough for a filling lunch) while exploring the rich history of this quintessential small town.
Sample tastings from six local restaurants nationally featured on Food Network’s Man vs. Food and the Travel Channel’s Best of the Road.
Beer pairings included at 2 locations (21+)
Explore Lewiston with history that includes links to the Underground Railroad, the War of 1812 and much, much more.
Enjoy a seasonal tasting from Buffalo Eats’ 2015 Restaurant of the Year – Carmelo’s. (Wednesdays and private event.
Come discover what Rand McNally (Best of the Road) calls Lewiston one of the Best Small Towns in America Best for Food.View Details
Western New York’s only walking cocktail tour! Eat and sip your way through the home of the original cocktail! Enjoy 4 unique libations paired with food as we journey prohibition times.
Four generous alcohol tastings (beer, wine, cocktails) each paired nicely with food. The perfect happy hour!
Explore the Village of Lewiston – learn about the Prohibition Era and history that compares with any city!
Visit Lewiston’s first brewery and sample local beer at The Brickyard Brewing Company
Tour booklet – with map and exclusive guest coupons
“Lewiston is one of the most beautiful undiscovered small towns in America.” ~ Discerning Traveler, 2008View Details
Western New York affords visitors the rare opportunity to experience a variety of Wright’s residential, functional, recreational, and monumental designs. Leave the driving and planning to us! Join us for this all-inclusive package which begins at Forest Lawn’s Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center* and proceeds on the fully-enclosed, climate-controlled Forest Lawn trolley to the Martin House (1903-05) for an extended tour. The next stop is the Filling Station designed by Wright for Buffalo in 1927 and built in 2013 inside the Pierce Arrow Museum. Drive by Larkinville and arrive for a tour of the Fontana Boathouse (2007) on the Black Rock Canal. Continue on to Graycliff (1926-31) for an essentials tour then visit historic Forest Lawn’s Blue Sky Mausoleum (2004). The trolley will return you to Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center. This tour package includes a lunch buffet.View Details
At the end of the 19th century, Buffalo was a major American city in the forefront of progress. It was a busy inland port and railroad hub with heavy industry and state-of-the-art electricity, which brought great wealth to the city. These developments culminated in 1901 when Buffalo hosted a spectacular worlds fair: the Pan-American Exposition. Experience Buffalo through the eyes of the narrator of Lauren Belfers historical novel, City of Light, set in Buffalo at the dawn of the 20th century.View Details