Monday, March 30, 2009

One Night and Seven Churches

April 9th - See the Official Website

It's back! For the third year in a row on Holy Thursday, Broadway-Fillmore Alive has put together a self-guided tour of seven historic churches in the Broadway-Fillmore area partaking in the traditional visitation of the Blessed Sacrament on this holy night.

Visitation generally begins after 7pm and the churches remain open till around 11pm.

The churches in Buffalo’s historic Polonia are awe inspiring and are deeply rooted in tradition…this is a way to experience their religious, artistic and cultural beauty while spending some time in prayer and reflection in this most sacred time of the year.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Great Lakes Water Wars

From Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER:

WHAT: Public lecture "The Great Lakes Water Wars"
WHO: Peter Annin
WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Bulger Communications Center, Buffalo State College. Parking in Lot T. For directions, visit

Free and open to the public.

"The Great Lakes basin is one of the largest freshwater ecosystems on earth, and it is also home to forty million people in the United States and Canada," says Peter Annin, author of the award-winning book The Great Lakes Water Wars, a subject he will discuss at length in a talk--free and open to the public--at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 26th, in Bulger Communications Center, Buffalo State College. This event is cosponsored by Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER and Buffalo State Communication Department and made possible, in part, by a grant from LPCiminelli, Inc.

"This is the definitive book about the fight over Great Lakes water."
Professor Noah Hall, Wayne State University

There are several threats to the quantity of Great Lakes water: climate change, diversion, and consumptive uses. There are currently four diversions of water out of the Great Lakes basin, the largest of which is protected by the United States Supreme Court. Some policymakers in the American southwest seriously consider Great Lakes water as a possible solution to their water-supply problems.

A veteran conflict and environmental journalist, Peter Annin spent more than a decade reporting for Newsweek on issues ranging from the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas and the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing to droughts, hurricanes, wildfires, and other environmental issues. Since January 2000, he is Associate Director of the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources, a nonprofit that organizes educational fellowships for environmental journalists and pursues quality news coverage of the environment.

Cosponsored by Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER and Buffalo State Communication Department with the help of a generous grant from LPCiminelli, Inc.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

NYTimes article re challenge to preservation laws

Click here

House Restoration Fair

Saturday, March 28

Looking to restore an architectural gem? Learn how at our House Restoration Fair, presented by the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society's Members Advisory Committee!

Speak with craftsmen, artisans, material suppliers, and contractors and attend the following programs:

10:30 a.m. "Preserving Buffalo's Neighborhoods" by Harvey Garrett, Jr.
Noon "The Residential Architecture of Esenwein & Johnson" by Martin Wachadlo
1:30 p.m. "Green Home Restoration" by Julie and Patrick O'Neill

Admission is $6 for BECHS members and $8 for the general public.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Saving the Sattler Theatre

The new owners of the Broadway (AKA Sattler's) Theatre have a new website:

"One of our short term goals as owners of The Broadway Theatre is to have an immediate positive impact on the employment figures in the city by the creation of at least one hundred new jobs with focus on creating more jobs as business increases. Another short term goal of the Western New York Minority Media Professionals Inc. (WNYMMP) is the creation of an educational scholarship program for financially disadvantaged African American youths interested in attending college through our arts and education component."

Thanks to Betty Barcode for the heads up.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Buffalo Tours in the Media

Buffalo Spree Home's newest edition features an interview with Fred Schrock, Education Coordinator of Preservation Buffalo Niagara. You can read it online, too.

Fred Schrock also discussed Buffalo Tours' upcoming tour season on WECK Radio. You can download the show as a podcast at their website. A direct link to the MP3 file is here.

Free Workshop and Tour in Rochester

From our friends in Rochester:

The Landmark Society of Western New York and Animatics Corporation (designing, manufacturing and marketing motion control products) is hosting a special networking reception at 8:30 a.m. on March 24, 2009 at the company’s new offices, 568 St. Paul Street, Rochester. A continental breakfast will be offered.

Robert Bigler, Animatics CEO, will lead a tour of the building and describe how he made the decision to invest in a historic building in Rochester, how he accomplished the transformation of this 94-year-old former cigar manufacturing facility into a 21st-century workplace, and how his company has benefited from the project. Andy Germanow, a Landmark Society trustee whose company, Tel-Tru Manufacturing is located in the same neighborhood, will then walk us over to his historic campus of manufacturing buildings and share his perspective as a business owner with a long-term stake in historic infrastructure. Cynthia Howk, Landmark’s architectural research coordinator will talk about funding resources and tax credits for historic buildings.


Monday, March 16, 2009

Buffalo History Sale

On Saturday, April 18th, The Pan-Am Expo Collector's Society will be holding its second show, sale and swap meet of all items related to Buffalo and WNY history. The event will take place from 9:00 to 3:00 at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center, 2001 Union Road, West Seneca NY.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Lecture Tomorrow

ARCHITECTURAL PRIMER: Fred Schrock, education coordinator of Buffalo Tours, will present “Architecture for Dummies” at this month’s meeting of the Newstead Historical Society. He will highlight the architecture of the mid-to late 19th century, including some buildings in Akron and Newstead. The meeting is at 7:30 p. m. Thursday in Newstead Town Hall, 5 Clarence Center Road, Akron.

Monday, March 9, 2009

A Lost Mansion, A Saved Church

On Tuesday, April 14, at 7:15 PM, the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society will present rare films of the 1978 demolition of Kenmore's historic L.P.A. Eberhardt mansion, and of the rescue and adaptive reuse of the former St. Peter's German Evangelical Church in the Town of Tonawanda. In 1976, St. Peter's was reopened as the Kenmore-Tonawanda Historical Museum as a town U.S. Bicentrennial project. The films, presented by Mr. Glenn Jumper, will be shown at the museum, located at 100 Knoche Road, Town of Tonawanda (between Delaware and Elmwood Avenues). Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Buffalo Story

We don't pretend that Buffalo doesn't have winters. It doesn't stop our tours, either! Dennis (on the left) gave "The Buffalo Story" tour to a class from Hilbert College last month. To compare "the best designed city in America" to others around the world, they'll be traveling to London and Paris during the month of March.

Dennis gives "The Buffalo Story" tour every Tuesday at 1pm until the end of April. Dress for the weather and come on down!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

New Karpeles Museum Hours

Spring and summer museum hours are back at both Karpeles Manuscript Museums. North and Porter Hall are open 11am to 4pm Tuesday through Sunday. Both museums are closed on Monday.

From the museum itself:

"The exhibits we currently have up will be on display until April 30th 2009. At the North Hall location we are featuring pieces from the collection that document Florence Nightingale's life while working on sanitary conditions during the Crimean War and also her advances in the field of nursing. At the Porter Hall location we have a very exciting exhibit that displays work from Sigmund Freud, including manuscripts that are part of some of his most famous research. Also at the North Hall location we have added an exhibit called Medieval Keys and at Porter Hall we have an exhibit called Rabbits that features manuscripts by Beatrix Potter that wrote Peter Rabbit, sketches and manuscripts of Watership Down, manuscript of the Velveteen Rabbit, and also original drawings by the creator of Bugs Bunny. All of these will come down at the end of April so make sure you come check them out!"

Karpeles Manuscript Library
453 Porter Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14201

Karpeles Manuscript Library
220 North Street
Buffalo, New York 14201