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Buffalo History Museum puts spotlight on 'History Makers'

Some names we know from history class, others we have seen high atop buildings and many more are attached to our streets and schools. These are some of the people who have been Buffalo's "History Makers," now featured in an exhibit at the Buffalo History Museum (One Museum Court).

The 20 figures included in the exhibition are an eclectic mix: presidents from Buffalo (Grover Cleveland and Millard Fillmore) and one who became president here – Teddy Roosevelt. Architect Louise Blanchard Bethune designed buildings, including the Lafayette Hotel, and Dr. Roswell Park founded the nation's first cancer research institute, which now has his name up in lights. Crusaders like women's and civil rights advocate Mary Burnett Talbert and county SPCA founder Mary Elizabeth Lord are there, along with singer Rick James and "Howdy Doody's"  "Buffalo" Bob Smith.

Some featured artifacts in the exhibit include wine bottles brought back from Commodore Perry’s expedition to open the port of Japan in the early 1850s, a pocket watch carried by Joseph Ellicott, Grover Cleveland’s groom’s cake and the coat loaned by Ansley Wilcox to Theodore Roosevelt for his inauguration.

This is only one of several exhibits at the museum, which is open every day but Mondays. Admission is $10 for adults, with many discounts available for seniors, military and veterans, children and students. Visit buffalohistory.org.

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