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Western New York History
Events and Listings (01.18.04)

BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM.
 Rail Barons Model Train Exhibit. Weekends through Feb 29, 2004

Collections include close to 100,000 artifacts including furnishings, clothing, weaponry, industrial equipment, toys, paintings, letters, manuscripts, photographs, maps and more. 25 Nottingham Court. 873-9644. www.bechs.org. $6; $4 students and seniors; $2.50 children age 7 to 12.


BUFFALO MUSEUM OF SCIENCE. "Dinomania!" New exhibit features mechanized dinosaur models created by the Kokoro Company. Through Sept. 14. Also, "Whem Ankh: The Cycle of Life in Ancient Egypt." Through December. 1020 Humboldt Parkway. 896-5200. www.buffalomuseumofscience.org. $7; $6 seniors/$5 children; under 3 free.

BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY NAVAL AND MILITARY PARK. Tours of the USS Little Rock guided missile cruiser, the USS The Sullivans destroyer (a National Historic Landmark) and the USS Croaker submarine from World War II, plus various military equipment and memorabilia on display. 1 Naval Park Cove. 847-1773. www.buffalonavalpark.org. $6; $3.50 children 6-16.

BUFFALO TRANSPORTATION/ PIERCE-ARROW MUSEUM. Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company vehicles, literature, artwork and related memorabilia, plus other vehicles manufactured in Buffalo and Western New York. Also, "Women and the Automobile." Exhibit of vintage apparel and accessories. 263 Michigan Ave. at Seneca Street. 853-0084. www.pierce-arrow.com. $7; $6 seniors; $3 children age 6 to 17.

BUFFALO ZOO. Third oldest zoo in the United States, featuring lowland gorilla troop, rhinoceros, hyenas, polar bears and more, plus over 320 different plant species. Open year-round. Delaware Park, 300 Parkside Ave. 837-3900. www.buffalozoo.org. $7; $3.50 children age 3 to 14; $3 seniors.

COFELD JUDAIC MUSEUM. Over 1,000 Judaic artifacts dating from the 10th century to the present. Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave. 886-7150, Ext. 24. Free.

COL. WILLIAM BOND HOUSE. Guided tours. Niagara County Historical Society, 215 Niagara St., Lockport. 434-7433.

GENESEE COUNTRY VILLAGE AND MUSEUM. Opens Thursday. Living history museum, gallery of wildlife and sporting art, nature center and more. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. (585) 538-6822. www.gcv.org.

HAMBURG HISTORICAL MUSEUM. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Museum, reference library and a special display of Bethlehem Steel history. 5859 South Park Ave., Hamburg. Also, 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Tours of historic house, barn, 1934 Hudson car, operating model railroad and special exhibits. Hamburg Historical Society's Dunn House, 6902 Gowanda State Road, Hamburg.

HERSCHELL CARROUSEL FACTORY MUSEUM. Vintage carousel featuring carved animals from the 1890s to 1950s. 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. 693-1885. www.carouselmuseum.org. $4; $3 seniors; $2 children.

KARPELES MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY MUSEUM. "Buffalo Creek Revisited." Exhibition showcasing the Bufalo Creek Treaty of 1838. Opens with a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday and runs through Dec. 31. 453 Porter Ave. 885-4139. www.karpeles.com. Free.

LEWISTON MUSEUM. All-volunteer exhibit hall and research library dedicated to the history of Lewiston and the Niagara Frontier. Ongoing exhibits include the Hotchkiss General Store, colonial kitchen and archeological artifacts from Indian tribes and Artpark excavations. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday or by appointment. 469 Plain St., Lewiston. 754-4214. Free.

NIAGARA AEROSPACE MUSEUM. Early Glenn Curtiss to Reuben Fleet to Larry Bell aircraft displays, a 140-seat, surround-sound theater, original Houston Command console, helicopters, rocket and aircraft engines and more. 345 Third St., Niagara Falls. 278-0060. www.niagaramuseum.org. Group tours and special events available by appointment.

OLD FORT NIAGARA. French Castle (1726) designated as a National Landmark and State Historic Site, Officers' Club and other buildings with tours available year-round. Robert Moses Parkway North, Youngstown. 745-7611. www.oldfortniagara.org. $7; $6 seniors; $4 children 6 to 12.

PEDALING HISTORY BICYCLE MUSEUM. Large collection of historic bicycles and related memorabilia. 3943 N. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park. 662-3853. www.pedalinghistory.com. $6; $5.40 seniors; $3.75 children 7 to 15; family rates available.

STEEL PLANT MUSEUM. Photos, artifacts and memorabilia related to Bethlehem Steel and other local steel industries. Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. 823-0630. Free.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT INAUGURAL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE. Restored Ansley Wilcox home where Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 26th president. 641 Delaware Ave. 884-0095. www.nps.gov/thri. $3; $1 children 6 to 13.

WEST SENECA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM. Original Ebenezer house with open tours and tours by appointment. 919 Mill Road, West Seneca. 674-4283.

TOY TOWN MUSEUM. Toy collections including Fisher-Price archives. Baseball history exhibit through 2003. Girard Avenue, East Aurora. 687-5151. www.toytownusa.com. Free.

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ONGOING Buffalo History Activities

AMHERST MUSEUM. Historic buildings, children's discovery room with focus on the Erie Canal, pioneer-style kitchen, hands-on areas. All through Dec. 31. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road. 689-1440. www.amherstmuseum.org. $10 family; $4 adults; $1.50 children.

ATTICA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM. Victorian parlor, 1901 Pan-American artifacts, exhibits based on the railroad, prison and Civilian Conservation Corps, veterans corner, textile exhibit of children's clothing, dress shop and country store. Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday; 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. 130 Main St., Attica. 591-2161.

BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY BOTANICAL GARDENS. Historic tri-domed glass conservatory from 1894, plus Olmsted's South Park and Victorian-style gardens (inside and out), guided group tours on weekends, "Dinosaurs!" exhibit, children's and adult workshops, flower shows, Koi fish pond and more. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday (plus until 6 p.m. Wednesday); 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 2655 South Park Ave., Lackawanna. 827-1584 or 696-3555. www.buffalogardens.com. Donations.

 

BUFFALO & ERIE COUNTY
HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM.

(Also visit the museum's resource center, 459 Forest Ave.) Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday (plus 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday); noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. 25 Nottingham Court. 873-9644. $4 or $7; $1.50 to $4.50 seniors, students and children; under 7 free. www.bechs.org

BUFFALO AND ERIE COUNTY NAVAL & MILITARY PARK. Tour on board destroyer USS The Sullivans (National Historic Landmark), guided missile cruiser USS Little Rock, USS Croaker submarine, military equipment and displays. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. One Naval Park Cove. 847-1773. www.buffalonavalpark.org. $6; $3.50 children age 6 to 16.

BUFFALO TRANSPORTATION/PIERCE-ARROW MUSEUM. Automobiles, bicycles, motorcycles and other memorabilia highlighting the history of Pierce-Arrow, Thomas Flyer and vehicles manufactured in Buffalo and Western New York. Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday. 263 Michigan Ave. 853-0084. www.pierce-arrow.com. $7; $6 seniors; $3 children 6 to 17.

COBBLESTONE MUSEUM. Historic church, blacksmith and harness shops, farmers' hall and Ward House and more. Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 14393 Ridge Road, Routes 98 and 104, Childs. 589-9013. Free.COL. WILLIAM BOND HOUSE. 1824 Federal-style home on the National Register of Historic Places. Operated by the Niagara County Historical Society. $1 admission. Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Saturday and Sunday (closed holidays). 143 Ontario St., Lockport. 434-7433. Donations.

COFELD JUDAIC MUSEUM. Over 1,000 Judaic artifacts dating from the 10th century to the present. Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave. 886-7150, Ext. 24. Free.

DAS HAUS. Original 1843 log house and replica barn serving as the heritage museum of the Historical Society of North German Settlements in Western New York. Hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. 2549 Niagara Road, Bergholz, Niagara Falls. 731-4553. Donations.

DUNN HOUSE. Historic home and barn operated by the Hamburg Historical Society, featuring tours, numerous displays, HO-scale model of Old Hamburg Village and 1934 Hudson automobile. Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, or by appointment. 6902 Gowanda State Road, Hamburg. 649-4587.EAST AURORA TOWN MUSEUM. Town history exhibits including Native American display, murals by the late Rix Jennings and more. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. East Aurora Town Hall, 5 S. Grove St., East Aurora. 652-4286. Free.

ELBERT HUBBARD ROYCROFT MUSEUM. Arts and Crafts bungalow featuring items made by Roycroft craftsmen, including leatherwork, mission furniture, stained glass, books and mementos of Roycroft founder Elbert Hubbard, and display of glass and metal designs by Dard Hunter. Hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. 363 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora. 652-4735. $3.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT'S GRAYCLIFF. Hourlong tours of the Martin family's summer home in Derby (by reservation only). Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, through Nov. 25. 6472 Old Lake Shore Road, Derby. 947-9217. graycliff.bfn.org $10; $5 children age 10 and up.

GENESEE COUNTRY VILLAGE AND MUSEUM. Gallery of Wildlife and Sporting Art and nature center, "35th Anniversary Exhibit" and more. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. 1410 Flint Hill Road, Mumford. 538-6822. $7 to $12.

HERSCHELL CARROUSEL FACTORY MUSEUM. Vintage carousel featuring carved animals from the 1890s to 1950s. 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. 693-1885. www.carousels.com/hmusem.htm. $4; $3 seniors; $2 children.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF THE TONAWANDAS MUSEUM. Local history exhibits. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to Friday. 113 Main St., Tonawanda.IRON ISLAND MUSEUM. Railroad memorabilia, veterans' corner, neighborhood photos, New York Central Terminal Gallery, and more. Hours: 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 to 6 p.m. Monday; or by appointment. 998 Lovejoy St. 892-3084.

KARPELES MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY MUSEUM. "Our Pastime's Past: Early Professional Baseball." Featuring the 1859 "Baseball Challenge Letter," an 1866 scorecard and scorebook, four early baseballs, and displays on early baseball pioneers Arthur "Candy" Cummings, James Tyng and Albert Spaulding. Through Sept. 27. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 453 Porter Ave. 885-4139. www.karpeles.com. Free.

Kenan Center: Situated on 25 beautiful acres in Lockport, New York located in Niagara County, the historic Kenan Center campus is only a short drive from Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Rochester and southern Ontario. The Kenan Center serves as a regional community center providing visitors and the community with arts, education and recreation programs.
Facilities include a sports arena, a converted carriage-house theater and community gathering room, an education building, outdoor recreational fields, a playground, and the Kenan house, an 1800's Victorian mansion featuring a year-round art gallery and formal gardens. Programs include community education classes, a pre-school and extensive recreational offerings. Adult theater productions, along with the Family Performance Series, are presented in the intimate Taylor Theater. The Kenan Arena houses numerous special events, such as 100 American Craftsmen, throughout the year. Kenan Center 433 Locust Street
Lockport, New York 14094
Phone: (716) 433-2617 Fax: (716) 433-6645

LONG HOMESTEAD. An 1829 home decorated in period furnishings. Hours: 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. East Niagara Street, City of Tonawanda. 837-8984 or 694-7406.

McCLURG MUSEUM. Decorated home on the National Register of Historic Places, featuring antiques, Civil War re-enactments, special events and luncheons. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. Village Park, Routes 20 and 394, Westfield. 326-2977. 50 cents to $1.50.

MEDINA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM. Museum tours, town history displays and more. Hours: 1 to 5 p.m. every first and third Sunday. 406 W. Center St., Medina. 798-3006.

MIDWAY PARK. Saturday. Carousel Organ Rally. Historic amusement park celebrating its 103rd anniversary, featuring free family entertainment, rides, outdoor stage and more. Tuesday to Sunday (rides open at 1 p.m.). Route 430, Maple Springs. 386-3165. www.midway-park.com.

MILLARD FILLMORE HOUSE. Furniture and memorabilia of the 13th United States President and his wife Abigail, old-fashioned flower garden, 12-star American flag, carriage house with old tools, sleighs and a surrey, and more. Hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. 24 Shearer Ave., East Aurora. 652-8875. $3.

NIAGARA SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 2 MUSEUM. One room schoolhouse (1878) operated by the Town of Niagara Historical Society. Hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 9670 Lockport Road, Niagara.

OLD FORT NIAGARA. French Castle (1726) designated as a National Landmark and State Historic Site, Officers' Club and other buildings with tours available year-round. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Off the Robert Moses Parkway North, Youngstown. 745-7611. www.oldfortniagara.org. $6.75; $5.50 seniors; $4.50 children age 6 to 12; free to children under 6.

ORCHARD PARK HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM. Pan-American display, John Newton Printy museum room, Dr. Jolls office and more. Hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Sat. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wed. Jolls House, 4287 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park. 662-2185 or 667-2301.

PEDALING HISTORY BICYCLE MUSEUM. Over 350 bicycles and related items and "The Bicycle at the Pan-American" exhibit (on view through Sept. 30). Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 3943 N. Buffalo Road, Orchard Park. 662-3853. www.pedalinghistory.com. $4.50; $4 seniors; $2.50 children age 7 to 15.

RICH-TWINN OCTAGON HOUSE. Restored home on the National Register of Historic Places, operated by the Newstead Historical Society. Hours: 1 to 3 p.m. every first and third Sunday. 145 Main St., Akron. 542-2254. $3; $2 children.

RIVER LEA MUSEUM. Tour of the historic (1849) home built by Lewis F. Allen, featuring "display of Grand Island School memories" exhibit. Operated by the Grand Island Historical Society. Beaver Island State Park, Beaver Island Parkway, Grand Island. 773-9235. Free.

SOUTH PARK MUSEUM. Hamburg Historical Society's library, 1812 Yankee barn, village lockup. Hours: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, or by appointment. 5859 South Park Ave., Hamburg. 649-4587. Donations.

STEEL PLANT MUSEUM. Photos, artifacts and memorabilia related to Bethlehem Steel and other local steel industries. Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road, Lackawanna. 823-0630. Free.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT INAUGURAL NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE. Restored Ansley Wilcox home where Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 26th president. 641 Delaware Ave. 884-0095. www.nps.gov/thri. $3; $1 children 6 to 13.

TOWN OF TONAWANDA-KENMORE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM. Displays of Curtiss-Wright and other planes constructed in the area, displays on early farm and Erie Canal life, and historic clothing and implements. Hours: 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday (closed holidays). St. Peter's German Evangelical Church, 100 Knoche Road, Tonawanda. 873-5774. www.tonawnada.ny.us/history. Free.

TOY TOWN MUSEUM. "World of Wind-Up Toys." Toys dating back to the turn of the century. Through fall. Also, "The Meibohm Collection." Toys of German origin on loan from Grace Meibohm. Indefinitely. Also, "The Construction Zone." Interactive exhibit mixing toys from yesterday with modern toys. Through next Friday. Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. 636 Girard Ave., East Aurora. 687-5151. www.toytownusa.com. Free.

WILSON HISTORICAL MUSEUM. Town history exhibits in the former railroad depot, plus fully restored caboose, vintage car collection and restored, functional one room schoolhouse. Hours: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday; or by appointment. 645 Lake St., Route 425, Wilson. 751-9883. Donations.

 

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