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Chronicles continues a weekly look back at an illustrated map of Buffalo from 1880 and examines how the features on that map have — or haven't — changed over 138 years. Through the 1850s, the numbers of German immigrants living along Broadway east of Jefferson Street rapidly increased to the point where it became the largest enclave of German citizens in Buffalo. The…

Amherst

I.M. Pei, the globally important architect, died last week. Around the world, architectural historians spoke with reverence of his work, such as his glass pyramid at the Louvre, the East Building at the National Gallery or, closer to home, the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse. My reaction was more primal. Fifty years ago, I was a kid in Dunkirk, living on the same stre…

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If you’re visiting the City of Tonawanda these days, taking a nice ride from, say, Gateway Harbor – the home of Canal Fest and summertime concerts – over to Old Man River for a hot dog and an ice cream, you might not realize the trip includes passage through what was once one of Western New York’s most infamous red light districts. The area that’s now home to a Tops Mar…

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People have been seeing “monsters” in Lake Erie as far back as there have been people along the lakeshore. Through the 1880s and 1890s, several instances of sea monsters were reported in the Buffalo area — but skepticism ran high when sightings in Angola and Silver Creek wound up being clearly intended to gin up business for lakeside resorts in those places. However,…

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Ten places of worship in Erie, Niagara and Orleans counties will open for the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s ninth annual Sacred Sites Open House Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. Inspiring the weekend’s theme, “Medieval to Modern – Celebrating New York’s Religious Art and Architecture,” is Blessed Trinity Church, 317 Leroy Ave. Docents will guide visitors from no…

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Chronicles continues a weekly look back at an illustrated map of Buffalo from 1880 and examines how the features on that map have — or haven't — changed over 138 years. Click here to explore the map. His name was forever etched into the consciousness of Western New York when the Niagara Frontier Better Roads commission suggested boulevard bearing his name cut throug…

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It was 30 years ago this month that the Walden Galleria opened. The date also marked an acceleration of the final decline of a handful of Western New York’s long-standing retail areas including a handful of older, smaller shopping malls and shopping on Main Street downtown. Buffalo’s longtime local retail giants, such as AM&A’s, Sibley’s/Hengerer’s, the Sample, and …

Clarence

A presentation exploring the veneration, desecration, neglect and renewal of the 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris will begin at 7 p.m. May 28 at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 8500 Main St., Clarence. The lecture will be given by Robert Poczik – author and traveler – who will trace the long cultural and religious history of the church as told in i…

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Chronicles continues a weekly look back at an illustrated map of Buffalo from 1880 and examines how the features on that map have — or haven't — changed over 138 years. For more than 140 years, Erie County has held prisoners on Delaware Avenue between Eagle and Church streets. The Erie County Jail was built in 1877 with room for 200 prisoners. It was connected by an …

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On Delaware Avenue just south of North Street, Temple Beth Zion was "the first Reform Judaism temple in the East." The Medina brownstone synagogue – boasting North America's largest wooden dome – was built in 1890, a Byzantine structure with Romanesque details. It was a landmark on Delaware Avenue until a massive fire swept through the building on Oct. 4, 1961. Bu…

Buffalo

South Park High School will honor the school’s fallen war heroes on May 23. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with the dedication of a bronze plaque at the school honoring 15 former South Park students who served in the military during the Vietnam War era. The plaque is sponsored by American Legion Posts 64 and 721. Then the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross meda…

Buffalo

Ellen Grant, her footprints clear in the wet spring grass at Ridge Lawn Cemetery in Cheektowaga, was overwhelmed by absence. The full meaning of what was missing came upon her with such force last week that Grant searched for words and raised her arms into the air. “This is a woman who opened doors for all of us in Buffalo,” said Grant, a former deputy mayor of Buffalo …

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Chronicles continues a weekly look back at an illustrated map of Buffalo from 1880 and examines how the features on that map have — or haven't — changed over 138 years. Baseball’s National League — one of two leagues that make up modern Major League Baseball — was founded in 1876. Three years later, Buffalo joined the National League, playing at Riverside Park on Buffal…

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The Buffalo History Museum and the Richardson Olmsted Campus are joining together to offer monthly "Fridays on Forest" tours. The tours, now beginning their second year, provide a chance for the public to look inside the museum's resource center, at 459 Forest Ave., and the campus at 444 Forest. Visitors to the resource center will get a guided tour of "Spirit of the…