Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)

Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA) Committed to preserving our region's cultural and historic resources
The Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA) provides information, technical assistance, networking opportunities to historians, historical societies, museums, and other historical organizations in a 12 county region in Western NY state. We publish a quarterly newsletter, host workshops, and hold an annual meeting.
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“ . . . the wealthiest of our institutions are art museums, that’s where you see the huge endowments,” said Coleman.‘The...
04/16/2020
Why Museums Can’t Always Fall Back on Endowments

“ . . . the wealthiest of our institutions are art museums, that’s where you see the huge endowments,” said Coleman.

‘They’re not in the local historical society, they’re not at the children’s museums. Most of those are operating on very tight margins. So when you cut off the primary means for us to operate, like admission and attendance, like any business, we’re struggling.’”

https://hyperallergic.com/556133/why-museums-cant-always-fall-back-on-endowments/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=D041620&utm_content=D041620+CID_d9ca9da074ab114d5a1c8c5de7a27a03&utm_source=HyperallergicNewsletter

The COVID-19 pandemic may be an opportunity to look transparently at museum endowments and their limitations, and consider the need for alternative sources of support in the months to come.

Rochester Museum & Science Center
04/01/2020

Rochester Museum & Science Center

NEW TO OUR COLLECTION: We are so excited to give you a sneak peek of our newly acquired collection item: a piece of the iceberg hit by the Titanic! Thought to have drifted away, we were lucky enough to get one final piece. It was shipped from the North Atlantic and it’s really in almost perfect condition, and our collections team is taking very good care of this item.

Given the current Coronavirus situation, you may miss this limited featured exhibit in person, however, we are looking into ways to get a live cam on this incredible piece of history.

Share your questions and amazement with us! We’re just as excited. We’ll do our best to answer all your questions.

I regret to inform everyone that we had to disband WNYAHA about a year ago.  At that time, members were encouraged to jo...
03/30/2020
Museum Association of New York - Home

I regret to inform everyone that we had to disband WNYAHA about a year ago. At that time, members were encouraged to join the Museum Association of NY (MANY) that now has excellent outreach meetings/events throughout NYS, including western NY. If you did not receive a notice at the time, it may mean that you were not an active member. I am sorry that we did not have sufficient funding to continue. If you are not a member of MANY you should seriously consider joining. Their website is https://nysmuseums.org Unfortunately, their annual conference, scheduled for March 29 - 31, had to be cancelled. I am not sure if this conference will be held later this year or rescheduled for next year. The annual conference moves around the State and should be back in the western or central part of NYS within the next couple years. Joan Schumaker, Nunda Historical Society and former WNYAHA president.

Making maple syrup, the old-fashioned way. (And my family did it the old fashioned way)!
03/18/2020
WNY History

Making maple syrup, the old-fashioned way. (And my family did it the old fashioned way)!

stories about men and women who built Western New York, their homes and industry and legacies

Rochester Museum & Science Center
03/16/2020

Rochester Museum & Science Center

The health and wellness of our visitors and RMSC family are our top priority and we are committed to preventing the spread of COVID-19. As a result, we are taking a proactive measure and will close the RMSC's Rochester campus to the public starting at 5pm, Friday, March 13 through Friday, March 27, 2020. This includes all programs, events, and shows and the RMSC Preschool. At this time, the Cumming Nature Center will stay open. We'll miss everyone, but we'll be back and ready to explore and discover again soon! Be sure to check our website for updated information: RMSC.org/covid-update

03/16/2020
Seneca-Iroquois National Museum

Seneca-Iroquois National Museum

The Seneca Iroquois National Museum will be closed till further Notice all Events are Cancelled: Tom Porter, And the Art Show till further notice

03/16/2020
The Buffalo History Museum

The Buffalo History Museum

The Buffalo History Museum takes the health of our staff, volunteers, guests, and community as top priority. As a preventative measure in light of recent developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Museum, Research Library, and Museum Shop will be closed effective immediately until further notice. All public programs and events from now until further notice are also canceled or postponed.

While this was not a decision made lightly, the safety of our community comes first coupled with the guidelines and recommendations provided by health officials. Future updates, including potential closing extensions or cancellations, will be reflected on our website and social media.

We thank you for your support during this time and wish all wellness and safety.

03/16/2020
Big Springs Historical Society and Museum

Big Springs Historical Society and Museum

Due to the Pandemic and National Emergency that has been declared, the Big Springs Museum will be closed for 2 weeks. We will monitor the situation and make further determinations as needed. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
03/16/2020

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Today, Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village has made the difficult decision to temporarily close until April 1st. As a community-focused organization, we believe this measure is necessary to do our part in helping to ensure the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, and neighbors. Although there are no cases of illness associated with our campus, all meetings, programs, and Guild gatherings will be canceled through March 31st as a precaution.

We will continue to closely monitor the current situation, including guidance from the CDC and Erie County, and will carefully reassess the situation in the coming weeks. During this time, we will continue working to prepare for a successful open season in our Historic Village, and for the workshops and Community Events scheduled for the remainder of 2020.

BNHV values our community, and by banding together and supporting each other during this difficult time, we can lessen the impact on cultural organizations, local businesses, and impacted families. Our thoughts are with all of Western New York, and we hope to welcome you back to your Village soon.

Money, Ethics, Art: Can Museums Police Themselves?
05/10/2019
Money, Ethics, Art: Can Museums Police Themselves?

Money, Ethics, Art: Can Museums Police Themselves?

Too expensive to be self-sustaining, museums rely on collectors’ fortunes and corporate money. Now that money is being put under a microscope.

Three Proven Business Realities That Cultural Organizations Should Stop Ignoring - Colleen Dilenschneider
10/13/2018
Three Proven Business Realities That Cultural Organizations Should Stop Ignoring - Colleen Dilenschneider

Three Proven Business Realities That Cultural Organizations Should Stop Ignoring - Colleen Dilenschneider

Some cultural organizations pretend that these commonly understood business realities do not exist - and it is making their jobs harder. Cultural organizations – museums, zoos, aquariums, historic sites, botanic gardens, and performing arts organizations – may be considered uniqueRead More ›

The Buffalo History Museum
10/13/2018

The Buffalo History Museum

The Museum is excited to share that we held a press conference today with Assemblyman Sean M. Ryan to announce $900,000 in State grant money towards restoration of our portico entrance and 2,600 square feet of exhibit space!

Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)'s cover photo
10/02/2018

Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)'s cover photo

Congratulations to Preston Pierce!
09/27/2018

Congratulations to Preston Pierce!

We are pleased to announce Preston Pierce, Ontario County Historian, is the 2018 recipient of Julia Reinstein Career Achievement Award! Congratulations Preston, well done!

Nunda Historical Society
09/22/2018

Nunda Historical Society

Here is info on the NHS Fall Bus Tour to Niagara Falls and North Tonawanda. Please consider joining us for another fun day of history with friends. For more information or make a reservation call Joan at 585-490-3302.

Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)'s cover photo
09/21/2018

Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)'s cover photo

09/11/2018
National September 11 Memorial & Museum

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

This morning, we gather together on the 9/11 Memorial for the 17th anniversary commemoration ceremony. To honor the men, women and children killed on September 11, 2001, family members and friends read the names of their loved ones. www.911memorial.org/anniversary

08/17/2018
Genesee Country Village & Museum

Genesee Country Village & Museum

There is something to explore EVERY day in the Historic Village - just today you can take a Privy Tour at 11:30, see one of our talented historic interpreters play the Grand Harmonicon at 1:00, and learn about Sewing History at 2:30.

Later in the week there are gatherings and tours focused on the Shaker production of herbs and seeds, head coverings of the 19th century, and much more!

To learn more about what we have planned for our visitors each day, see the calendar below and click on "Here's What's Happening..." on the day you're interested in visiting us.

https://www.gcv.org/calendar/

New York State Archives
08/13/2018

New York State Archives

Aqueduct that was Converted into a Subway, 1936 #ErieCanal #Rochester #GeneseeRiver http://ow.ly/cJZD30kI1ng

Western New York Library Resources Council - WNYLRC
08/13/2018
Western New York Library Resources Council - WNYLRC

Western New York Library Resources Council - WNYLRC

Thanks for joining us again this week as we explore our featured collection on New York Heritage Digital Collections for August: Crystal Beach, contributed by The Buffalo History Museum.

Below is an advertisement from a July 1917 edition of the Buffalo Courier Express displaying a steamer departure timetable for Americans and Canadians. By 1917, Crystal Beach had long become a popular destination for tourists, an alternative to places like Chicago Park and Coney Island. A number of steamships ferried passengers from Buffalo, NY, across Lake Erie so they could enjoy the attractions and rides at Crystal Beach. Steamships at that time had their own attractions including dance floors, so passengers could practice their moves for the Crystal Dance Hall later that night.

The Ontario Southern Railway provided an elevated monorail from Ridgeway, Ontario, to Crystal Beach, but this service lasted for only three years.

Crystal Beach featured a number of attractions. Originally, in 1888, one visited Crystal Beach to take in sermons and religious performances. As sideshow attractions became more popular, entrepreneurs provided refreshments and began installing rides including a carousel, roller coasters, a skating rink, bumper cars, fun houses, and the midway. Folks built hotels to accommodate the boom of tourists, and an additional pier with an upper observation deck. New rides were continually added through the 1940s, as Crystal Beach maintained its popularity, with about 20,000 visitors daily.

The Cobblestone Museum
08/11/2018

The Cobblestone Museum

Please don't let this happen. Our National Landmark Cobblestone Schoolhouse is under assault! The property Dollar General is requesting to purchase is zoned for historical usage. Please help us fight the fight to keep the historical district in the Town of Gaines intact! Petitions available at the Cobblestone Museum or send an email to [email protected] with your name and address.

08/06/2018
Seneca-Iroquois National Museum

It was an exciting day as the Seneca Nation opened their new Cultural Center on the Allegany territory on Saturday.

Opening

Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)'s cover photo
07/27/2018

Western New York Association of Historical Agencies (WNYAHA)'s cover photo

Photos from our cemetery preservation workshop Grave Matters. Thanks to the Newstead Historical Society for hosting!
07/27/2018

Photos from our cemetery preservation workshop Grave Matters. Thanks to the Newstead Historical Society for hosting!

07/24/2018
The Strong Museum

The Strong Museum

The Strong extends a huge thank you to our partners and supporters who helped us break ground on the museum's next evolution—a 100,000-square-foot expansion and parking garage. The expansion will be the centerpiece of the Neighborhood of Play, an urban development that’s a walkable, green place to live, work, and play. Learn more at www.poweredbyplaycampaign.org

One small step for (a) man, one giant leap . . .
07/20/2018

One small step for (a) man, one giant leap . . .

Today in 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to set foot on the Moon.

Smithsonian 3D Digitization scanned the Apollo 11 Command Module that carried them and and Michael Collins. The piece—in the collection of our National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution—is currently on a national tour, but 3D scanning allows you to sit where the astronauts sat and see more than you could in a museum visit.

Get a tour of the 3D model: https://s.si.edu/2uwziF9

The Buffalo News
07/17/2018

The Buffalo News

#EveryDayAPhoto, Day 198: The new Explore and More Children's Museum under construction at Canalside, along with One Seneca Tower in the background, are framed by supports for the Skyway.(Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

It's just over a week before our Grave Matters cemetery preservation workshop. There are still a few spots open, so regi...
07/17/2018

It's just over a week before our Grave Matters cemetery preservation workshop. There are still a few spots open, so register today! Deadline to register is this Saturday (July 21). Download the brochure and registration form here:
www.wnyaha.org

Forgotten Buffalo
07/10/2018

Forgotten Buffalo

1965-2018. With a ground breaking in 1963 and opening of the doors in the spring of 1965, the
Holiday Showcase story began. Conceived and built by local theatre entrepreneur Alvin Wright, famous for creating the Aero Drive-In theatre and the Holiday 1 & 2 indoor complex on Union Road in Cheektowaga, along with his brother in law Fabian Valentine, the restaurant was built for the “huge” sum of $400,000!

Unique in its round design, courtesy of Buffalo architect Allan McTaggart, its post & beam interior reflected the western Colorado influences of that early 60’s era.
For the first two years of operation, Holiday Showcase had curbside carhop service, a la “American Graffiti”, but alas, it became a victim of our famous Buffalo winters!

The restaurant operated in its original form until the famous Cheektowaga tornado of
July 1987! One of only two businesses effected by the storm, the Showcase was heavily damaged and forced to close for 13 long months while we underwent a total redesign overseen by the Musschaio Architectural group of Amherst, NY and reconstruction by local contractors Peterson & Even.

Yesterday, July 8, 2018...the Holiday Showcase closed its doors for good as the owners retired.

RootsTech
07/09/2018

RootsTech

Do you have an ancestor who participated in the War of 1812? If so, the War of 1812 pension files may hold a treasure trove of genealogical information for you. These records have previously been difficult to access until, led by the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the genealogical community began digitizing them in 2015.

Finding family information in war files may seem counterintuitive, but records of these files are filled with important details about soldiers, their families, and even extended families. Learn more about what information these records contain and how you can access them to find your ancestors.

Learn more here: http://bit.ly/2KcDPXj

There is still time to sign up for our cemetery preservation workshop, Grave Matters. This year's workshop is being held...
07/09/2018

There is still time to sign up for our cemetery preservation workshop, Grave Matters. This year's workshop is being held in Akron, Erie County, NY at the Wright Community Center. Because on-street parking is at a premium, we have been granted permission by the Masonic Lodge next door the use of their parking lot. You can also park on the street next to the cemetery, which is across the street from the community center . For more information about the workshop go to our website and download the brochure: www.wnyaha.org

The Cobblestone Museum
07/06/2018

The Cobblestone Museum

Cobblestone Museum Director Doug Farley and Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home President David Mitchell, celebrate the new home at the Cobblestone Museum for a George Pullman couch. This Pullman Company piece was originally built in Albion by George Pullman’s furniture company in the 1850s, before he began making railroad sleeping cars in Chicago. The couch was previously located at the Merrill-Grinnell Funeral Home in Albion. David Mitchell donated the couch to the Cobblestone Museum to make sure that it was well cared for and enjoyed by a wider audience of visitors.

New York State Museum
07/06/2018

New York State Museum

Construction for the Erie Canal began on July 4, 1817 in Rome, NY.

In the 1960s, J. Erwin Porter (1903-1981), a retired commercial artist from Penfield, Monroe County, illustrated in pastel the groundbreaking ceremony of what is considered one of the wonders of the modern world—the Erie Canal.

Finding inspiration for his artwork from the picturesque views along the canal, Porter went on to create over 52 scenes in his “All Along the Erie Canal” series, now in the collection of the New York State Museum. Through his work, he detailed a historical landscape which had changed, was changing, and continued to change after his canal series was completed.

His paintings include remnants of the original "Clinton's Ditch" (built 1817-1825), enlargements and modifications from the 1830s into the 1860s, and finally the New York State Barge Canal project, completed in 1918. Three of Porter’s pieces are currently on exhibit in Enterprising Waters, New York’s Erie Canal and the companion exhibition, Art of the Erie Canal.
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