Buffalo History Museum and Author Event

Last week I visited the Buffalo History Museum. I had walked through the main hall briefly when Paul and I attended an outdoor event called Party on the Portico, but this was my first time checking out the exhibits. It’s a beautiful building:

Buffalo History Museum

I had another motive for my visit: Thomas J. Reigstad, author of Scribblin’ for a Livin’: Mark Twain’s Pivotal Period in Buffalo, was scheduled to speak that night in the museum’s auditorium. (Angela alerted me to the event and we both attended; we’re reading Reigstad’s book right now for our book club, so it was timely.)

Here is Dr. Reigstad during his presentation, which lasted a little over an hour. Angela and I spent a few minutes talking to him at the end of the evening and he signed our books.

Dr. Thomas J. Reigstad, author of Scribblin' for a Livin'

Here are some items from the museum itself that I particularly liked:

These hats are called gustowehs. According to the description, they’re reproductions of those worn by male Native Americans at community and ceremonial gatherings. The placement of the feathers were used to determine the nation to which a member belonged.

Gustowehs (ceremonial hats)

Look at the wheels on this old-timey bicycle!

Old-timey bicycle

This carriage was once owned by President Millard Fillmore:

Millard Fillmore's carriage

This hose wagon is from the late 1800s:

Hose wagon from late 1800s

A beacon from an old lighthouse:

Beacon from an old lighthouse



There was some kind of large basket hanging from ceiling, but I’m not sure what it is. Can anyone out there enlighten me?

Unidentified basket

As for the museum itself, I would recommend visiting. It’s not huge and took me about an hour to walk through. Admission is only $7 for adults.

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