“Happy Hour History” Fall Program Series

Wed, Oct 12 +more dates
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Dates & Times

Wed, Oct 12 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wed, October 19 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wed, October 26 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wed, November 2 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wed, November 9 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wed, November 16 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wed, November 23 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wed, November 30 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wed, December 7 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wed, December 14 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wed, December 21 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Admission starts at: $5
The Buffalo History Museum • One Museum Court, Buffalo 14216


9/21/22: “Louise Blanchard Bethune, FAIA: Architect and Feminist” with Kelly Hayes McAlonie 

Buffalo architect Louise Blanchard Bethune, FAIA, was the first professional woman architect in the United States and a leading feminist in the region. Join Bethune biographer Kelly Hayes McAlonie, architect and Director of Campus Planning at UB, as she brings this trailblazing woman’s story to life. 


9/28/22: “The Fan Connection” screening (in-person and virtual options)  

The Fan Connection documentary is a deeply personal, fly-on-the-wall look at the lives of die-hard fans over the course of a Buffalo Sabres season.  Created by filmmaker Mary Wall, the film is a heart-warming story of what it means to be a fan and the power of ordinary citizens to affect change. Join us at our screening of The Fan Connection as the Sabres’ new season gets underway.  



10/5/22: “The Mighty Steam Locomotive: An Illustrated Technological History” with Walter Simpson 


Many historians credit the steam locomotive and the railroads with building America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  Author Walter Simpson’s presentation uses images from his latest railroad book, “The Steam Locomotive Energy Story,” to consider steam locomotive evolution and explain how these spectacular machines worked. This program is free, generously underwritten by the presenter, Mr. Simpson. 

10/12/22: “December 1813: The Burning of Buffalo” with Dr. Rich Barbuto 


The burning of Buffalo by British soldiers in December of 1813 left the small village completely devastated. Join Dr. Rich Barbuto, Emeritus Professor of History at the US Army and General Staff College, for this presentation about the British assault on the Niagara Frontier, the capture of Fort Niagara, the destruction of the village of Buffalo, and the depopulation of the region.    



10/19/22: Buffalo History Trivia Night at Community Beer Works 


Test your Buffalo knowledge at our first Buffalo History Trivia Night at Community Beer Works (520 7th St.). Bring your competitive spirit and learn a fun fact or two you never knew before about Buffalo’s rich history.  


10/26/22: WNED Documentary Screening 


Free and Sponsored by WNED 

 Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom is a rich and nuanced portrait of the woman known as a conductor of the Underground Railroad, who repeatedly risked her own life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. The film goes beyond the legend of Tubman to explore what motivated her — including divine inspiration — to become one of the greatest freedom fighters in our nation’s history. Executive produced by Academy Award-nominated Stanley Nelson and Lynne Robinson, the film is produced and directed by Nelson and Nicole London. The film is narrated by Emmy® Award-winning actor Alfre Woodard. Actor Wendell Pierce is featured as the voice of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.


11/2/22: 100 Years of Broadcasting in Buffalo” with Steve Cichon 

Join author Steve Cichon, an expert in Buffalo’s media history, as he looks back into Buffalo’s storied radio and television past. Steve Cichon has spent three decades in Buffalo media, starting as an intern at WBEN. The program will focus on his book, 100 Years of Buffalo Broadcasting Vol. 1: 1920 to 1970. 


11/9/22: WNED Documentary Screening 

Free and Sponsored by WNED 

The Warrior Tradition tells the astonishing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and largely-untold story of Native Americans in the United States military. Why would Indian men and women put their lives on the line for the very government that took their homelands? The film relates the stories of Native American warriors from their own points of view – stories of service and pain, of courage and fear. There’s more to the story than heroism. And there’s more than one way to be a warrior. More than a dozen Native American veterans appear in the film, having served in Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Army National Guard.



11/16/22: “Historic & Influential People from Buffalo & WNY – the Early 1900s” with Rick Falkowski 


Discover the stories of Buffalo’s most influential leaders at the turn of the 20th century, when the city was the eighth largest in the country. This special 90-minute presentation by Rick Falkowski, author and founder of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, highlights individuals involved in education, politics, entertainment, sports, religion, social welfare, and white-collar businesses of Buffalo, along with the industrialists in the steel, automotive, airplane and other factories that shaped the blue-collar backbone of WNY during the early 20th Century.   



11/30/22: Buffalo, Home of the Braves” with Tim Wendel 


With Bob McAdoo, Ernie DiGregorio, Randy Smith and so many others, the Buffalo Braves were known for their up-tempo style of play, three NBA rookies of the year, and a bizarre exit from Western New York. With vintage photographs from this era in Buffalo sports, Tim Wendel will discuss this epic, star-crossed team for the ages. Wendel is the award-winning author of 15 books, including several with a Western New York connection (‘Cancer Crossings’ and ‘Buffalo, Home of the Braves.’) A writer-in-residence at Johns Hopkins University, his stories and columns have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, Psychology Today, GQ, and Esquire. 


12/7/22: “Distinctly American: Secessionism & The Road to the Civil War” with Patrick F. Ryan 


Join The Buffalo History Museum’s Programs and Education Coordinator, Patrick F. Ryan, for a retrospective study of the role that secessionism played throughout American history, beginning in the late 18th century. See how John C. Calhoun’s (and other Southerners’) ideas and rhetoric were not novel. This presentation investigates the early whispers of nullification and secessionism in the United States, namely, the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, Essex Junto, the Hartford Convention, indecision by the founders, and how this indecision shaped later American politicians in the mid-19th century.  


12/14/22: “Buffalo is A-Wheel: Parades, Runs, and the Buffalo Bicycling Century Ride of 1888” with Dr. Claire Schen 


Writing about Buffalo, journalist and suffragist Ada Kendall proclaimed the “City is A-wheel.” Indeed, late 19th-century Buffalo was a hub of bicycle manufacturing and riding. Efforts to map routes, plan bicycle parades and events, and undertake adventurous “runs,” like the Buffalo Bicycling Club’s first Century Ride of 1888, demonstrated the fervor for cycling around 1890. Join us for this presentation on Buffalo’s cycling history by Dr. Claire Schen, a University at Buffalo professor who specializes in European and Atlantic World history. 


12/21/22: WNED Documentary Screening                                                                             

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story tells the dramatic story of William Still, one of the most important yet largely unheralded individuals of the Underground Railroad. Still was determined to get as many runaways as he could to “Freedom’s Land,” smuggling them across the US border to Canada. Still was the director of a complex network of abolitionists, sympathizers and safe houses that stretched from Philadelphia to what is now Southern Ontario.

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The Terrace

199 Lincoln Pkwy Buffalo, New York 14222 • $$

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Moriarty Meats Café Bar

1650 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14207 • $$


North Buffalo

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Pressure Drop Brewing Tasting Room

1672 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, New York 14213 • $$

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Medaille University: Open House!

Sat, Oct 15 +more dates
9:00 am - 2:00 pm


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18 Agassiz Circle Buffalo, 14214

North Buffalo

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NIGHT LIGHTS at Griffis Sculpture Park

Thu, Oct 6 +more dates
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Admission starts at: $14

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Fall Community Impact Conference

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11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Admission starts at: $35

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4201 Genesee St Cheektowaga, NY 14225

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Sat, Oct 8
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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860 Seneca St Buffalo, 14210


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The Wild Abstract Art of Buffalo | Jeff Walton at The Crucible Art Collective

Sat, Oct 8
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Crucible Art Collective
334 Connecticut St Buffalo, NY 14213


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The Crawling Dead: Halloween Bar Crawl

Sat, Oct 29
7:00 pm - 12:00 am

Admission starts at: $15

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Fri, Oct 14
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Admission starts at: $10

Kleinhans Music Hall
3 Symphony Circle Buffalo, 14201




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