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Erie County’s Bicentennial

Erie County is blessed with an enviable bounty of stories of a place at the confluence of a Great Lake, a world-renowned river and a Canal that was the crowning achievement of the first 50 years of our country’s existence. This geographic good fortune has propelled our community’s destiny forward as millions of immigrants made their way through “the Gateway to the West” while others chose to settle on the shores of Lake Erie, making our region one of the great boom stories of the 19th century. Men and women of great aspirations, hopes and dreams made our region one of prosperity and invention. Fortunes were made here and the best and brightest architects and designers of the era arrived to build our parks, erect our civic monuments and design our homes and commercial buildings. We aspired to greatness and achieved it.

That legacy of Erie County’s first and second centuries is at the heart of our region’s renewal and re-imagination as we celebrate our bicentennial. People from around the world find their way to Erie County to hear the story of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, to re-live life on the Erie Canal, to stand where Teddy Roosevelt stood when he took the oath of office, to experience the enlightened patronage of Darwin D. Martin, the visionary collection of Seymour Knox, Jr., the American landscapes of Charles Burchfield, the sylvan sanctuaries left to us by Frederick Law Olmsted, to spend a night in the hotel designed by America’s first female architect or to simply stand at the bar where the first of what came to be known around the world as Buffalo wings were served. The men and women who wrote the story of Erie County’s first two centuries left us a priceless legacy, a heritage as great as any in the United States.

Join us over the next 365 days for a celebration of Erie County’s Bicentennial, through special events, programming and tours, as we commemorate the past and look forward to the future!

Events

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) Commemoration

04/11

EC 200 Bicentennial

FREE

We invite you to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day by attending our virtual community-wide program. You can register at www.bit.ly/BuffaloYomHaShoah2021.The event’s theme…

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American Anthems BPOnDemand

06/01

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The BPO honors Erie County for the Bicentennial in an “American Anthems” BPOnDemand concert.  This concert is an annual celebration…

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A Walk Through History

06/06

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$12

Meet characters from the past – Some you know, while others are little known, but all had a story –…

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War of 1812 Soldier Commemoration Ceremony

06/13

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Garrison Road / War of 1812 cemetery soldier commemoration ceremony. Additional details coming soon!

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Parkside Walking Tour

06/13

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Free

Explore the history of one of Buffalo's premier neighborhoods!  Beginning at the historic Medaille College Main Building on Agassiz Circle, Julianna Woite and Mary…

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Snyder Walking Tour

07/10

EC 200 Bicentennial

Free

Join Julianna Woite, the great great granddaughter of Snyder's namesake, Michael Snyder for a walk through the history. Beginning at the flag pole…

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Griffin Mills Heritage Day

07/24

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This is a historical walking tour of the hamlet of Griffin Mills at the intersection of Falls and Mills Road…

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E is for Erie County: Celebrating our Communities

04/08 - 12/31

Downtown

Free

This bicentennial exhibit celebrates the rich history and evolution of Erie County over the past 200 years.  A selection of maps…

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Honoring Erie County's Bicentennial with $7.16 Admission

04/08 - 04/30

EC 200 Bicentennial

$7.16

April marks Erie County’s 200 year anniversary and to kick off the celebration we are offering our guests admission to…

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EC200 Exhibit - Accomplishments of it's Citizens

04/08 - 04/30

EC 200 Bicentennial

Visit us during April and join us in celebrating #EC200 with a special exhibit at the Museum, presented by Turner…

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