North Tonawanda History Museum

North Tonawanda History Museum The North Tonawanda History Museum, now located in their new building at 712 Oliver Street. Open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Admission: $5 adults; $3 seniors; members free Active duty military and their families free Veterans $3 or free with reduced rate membership

07/16/2020

This Saturday, July 18th, is the last day to come by the museum to get your summer reads. Our used book sale will be over.

06/29/2020

Due to the holiday the museum will be closed Saturday, July 4th. Everyone have a happy and safe holiday weekend.

Hello Facebook friends! If you have any NT history questions please go to our website www.nthistorymuseum.com and we'll ...
06/29/2020
Welcome to the North Tonawanda History Museum

Hello Facebook friends! If you have any NT history questions please go to our website www.nthistorymuseum.com and we'll be happy to help find the answers you're looking for. Be safe.

N.T. History Museum tells the story of the area from the last Ice Age through the mid-1900's using artifacts, storyboards, photos, archival materials

06/10/2020

I received a message about donations for the book sale. We will gladly accept your donations and thank you in advance.

Hope everyone is being safe. Something to read while quarantineing.
05/04/2020

Hope everyone is being safe. Something to read while quarantineing.

03/19/2020

William Angus presentation "A Cat's Tale" is being postponed as the museum will be closed. Keep visitkng our page to see when the presentation will be rescheduled.

The "Little Giant" is on the move.
03/16/2020

The "Little Giant" is on the move.

Stop by the museum and say hello to our Executive Director Howard Roeske.
03/06/2020

Stop by the museum and say hello to our Executive Director Howard Roeske.

Hello Facebook friends.  See our new hours, stop by and say hi.Keep watching for future events. Please invite your famil...
02/22/2020

Hello Facebook friends. See our new hours, stop by and say hi.
Keep watching for future events.
Please invite your family and friends to like our page.

Phase I of the Museum’s Rebirth project (exiting Webster Street) is nearly complete.We’ve hired professional movers 2 ti...
07/10/2018

Phase I of the Museum’s Rebirth project (exiting Webster Street) is nearly complete.
We’ve hired professional movers 2 times to pack and move the largest and heaviest items.
We have given excess items to other non-profit organizations


A few dedicated volunteers have given a lot of time to cleaning out leftover stuff in our new home, taking appropriate things to recycling centers, and moving artifacts.


Phase II of the Rebirth project (preparing and opening the new home) is also underway.
More on that will be posted soon.

05/16/2018

Press Release
For immediate publication

The North Tonawanda History Museum is announcing the next step in the museum’s Rebirth project. Beginning May 24 and running through May 26, the museum will be releasing for sale unneeded fixtures, office furnishings, and artifacts. On these days, the museum will be open from 10:00 AM through 2:00 PM, with access limited to 5 parties at a time, in a first-come, first-admitted basis. For all other purposes, the Webster Street location is closed to permit volunteers to complete packing and organizing for the move to their new home.

Money raised from this cash-only sale will be used for preservation and display of the retained artifacts, and acquiring future artifacts. Pick up times for large items purchased will be arranged at sale time. Smaller items may be taken immediately.

The third and last step of this first phase will be the actual moving of the museums artifacts and records to the new location. Then the second phase of the project will begin including edifice modification and creating new displays. That phase is expected to be complete after 10 to 12 weeks with the opening of the re-born museum to be in the second half of September. Following the grand reopening, a robust autumn and winter set of events will be taking place.

Persons willing to donate the use of a vehicle for moving, to assist in moving, or to become members of the museum may phone anytime (716) 213-0554 or send an email to [email protected].

10/23/2017

The North Tonawanda History Museum will host its seasonal Used Book Sale on Saturday, November 4, from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The effort has now become larger and more organized than ever before, with many of the offerings sorted by category/genre.

The event offers an estimated 70,000 books for purchase at all times, as our all-volunteer staff work to replenish the shelves as they clear. Paperback books are 50 cents each or 3 for a $1, hardcover books $1 each of 3 for $2, or you can purchase a bag from the Museum for $5 and stuff it to the brim with as many books as you can squeeze in!

Books from the sale are donated to the Museum throughout the year by its many loyal supporters. Proceeds earned during the sale help to cover general operating expenses for the History Museum.

Donations of books can be brought in to the Museum during regularly scheduled Museum hours of operation: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

North Tonawanda History Museum
54 Webster Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
(716) 213-0554 [email protected]

07/19/2017

The North Tonawanda History Museum will host its Summer Used Book Sale on Saturday, August 5 from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM. The effort has now become larger and more organized than ever before, with many of the offerings sorted by category/genre.

The event offers an estimated 70,000 books for purchase at all times, as our all-volunteer staff work to replenish the shelves as they clear. Paperback books are 50 cents each or 3 for a $1, hardcover books $1 each of 3 for $2, or you can purchase a bag from the Museum for $5 and stuff it to the brim with as many books as you can squeeze in!

Books from the sale are donated to the Museum throughout the year by its many loyal supporters. Proceeds earned during the sale help to cover general operating expenses for the History Museum.

North Tonawanda History Museum
54 Webster Street
North Tonawanda, NY 14120
(716) 213-0554 [email protected]

05/24/2017

Due to the Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Museum will be closed on Saturday, May 27, and Monday, May 29, so that our wonderful all-volunteer staff can enjoy some quality time with our friends and families. We wish to extend a safe and relaxing weekend to all of our supporters and look forward to reopening on Wednesday, May 31, at 11:00 AM.

05/09/2017

The North Tonawanda History Museum will host its seasonal Used Book Sale over a three day span this week. Beginning on Thursday, May 11 (from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM), continuing on Friday, May 12 (from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM), and concluding on Saturday, May 13 (from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM), the effort is now larger and more organized than ever before.

The event offers an estimated 70,000 books for purchase at all times, as our all-volunteer staff work to replenish the shelves as they clear. Paperback books are 50 cents each or 3 for a $1, hardcover books $1 each of 3 for $2, or you can purchase a bag from the Museum for $5 and stuff it to the brim with as many books as you can squeeze in!

Books from the sale are donated to the Museum throughout the year by its many loyal supporters. Proceeds earned during the sale help to cover general operating expenses for the History Museum.

04/16/2017

With the holiday weekend, the Museum has decided to close on Monday, April 17th, so that we can spend some overdue time with our loved ones. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday!

03/15/2017

Due to the current weather conditions, the Museum will be closed tomorrow - March 15. We hope everyone stays warm and safe as we endure Stella!

02/18/2017

In observation of President's Day, the Museum will be closed this upcoming Monday, February 20, so that we may take some time to spend with our loved ones. We will reopen on Wednesday, February 22, at 11:00 AM and resume our normal schedule thereafter. Have a pleasant extended weekend!

01/30/2017

It's time to stock up on winter reading materials!

The North Tonawanda History Museum will host its Used Book Sale on Saturday, February 4th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Books are 3/$1 paperback or 50 cents each, 3/$2 hardcover or $1 each, or you may fill a bag for $5 with as many books as you can fit.

The Museum is located at 54 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, NY. All proceeds benefit the non-profit 501 (c)(3) Museum through providing for general operating expenses.

For questions or more information, please contact the North Tonawanda History Museum at (716) 213-0554.

12/21/2016

The Museum would like to wish everyone a safe and pleasant holiday season! We will be suspending regular hours through the New Year and will reopen on Monday, January 2, 2017! It has been an especially trying and difficult 2016 as you can all pretty much imagine, but through sheer dedication and hard work, we hope to enjoy a much improved 2017 on all levels. #WeWillEndure

Museum to offer Reading & Discussion program on Women's SuffrageIn collaboration with the New York Council for the Human...
12/21/2016
Reading & Discussion

Museum to offer Reading & Discussion program on Women's Suffrage

In collaboration with the New York Council for the Humanities, the North Tonawanda History Museum is proud to present Votes for Women, a weekly reading and discussion series. The series will be led by John Fagant, local lecturer and author of The Best of the Bargain: Lincoln in Western New York. Fagant has also served as a Docent with Preservation Buffalo Niagara as well as developing tours for the Michigan Street African-American Heritage Corridor and the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival.

Participants will come together for five Wednesday sessions to discuss several texts exploring the history of the women’s suffrage movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life by Lori D. Ginzberg, A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot by Mary Walton, and Votes For Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited by Jean H. Baker.

The introductory session, including discussion of the first readings, will take place on December 28th at 6 p.m. at 54 Webster Street. The three books can be purchased/acquired at the discretion of the attendees. The first meeting, on December 28th, will be focusing on "to 1948" and will cover readings from Ginsberg's Elizabeth Cady Stanton, p. 3-41; and from Votes for Women, "The Case for Reform" and "Voices of Suffrage".

Please contact the North Tonawanda History Museum at (716) 213-0554 or [email protected] to register, as space is limited. For more information about Votes for Women visit http://humanitiesny.org/our-work/programs/reading-discussion/. For more information on the Council, visit http://www.nyhumanities.org/.

Reading & Discussion Programs make time for thinking deeply about a single idea from a variety of perspectives, allowing texts to become catalysts for civic engagement, cultural understanding, …

In collaboration with the New York Council for the Humanities, the North Tonawanda History Museum is proud to present Vo...
12/13/2016
humanitiesny.org

In collaboration with the New York Council for the Humanities, the North Tonawanda History Museum is proud to present Votes for Women, a weekly reading and discussion series. The series will be led by John Fagant, local lecturer and author of The Best of the Bargain: Lincoln in Western New York. Fagant has also served as a Docent with Preservation Buffalo Niagara as well as developing tours for the Michigan Street African-American Heritage Corridor and the Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival.

Participants will come together for five Wednesday sessions to discuss several texts exploring the history of the women’s suffrage movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton: An American Life by Lori D. Ginzberg, A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot by Mary Walton, and Votes For Women: The Struggle for Suffrage Revisited by Jean H. Baker. The introductory session, including discussion of the first readings, will take place on December 28th at 6 p.m. at 54 Webster Street. Please contact the North Tonawanda History Museum at (716) 213-0554 or [email protected] to register, as space is limited. For more information about Votes for Women visit http://humanitiesny.org/our-work/programs/reading-discussion/. For more information on the Council, visit humanitiesny.org.

11/30/2016

On Saturday, December 3rd, the North Tonawanda History Museum will be participating in the annual tradition of Winter Walk 2016 of the Gateway Cities.

From 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM there will be an open house, with free admission to the Museum, as well as a Letters to Santa dropoff point for our area youngsters.

The Museum will also be opening up its Used Book Sale for the duration of the event! Books are 3/$1 paperback or 50 cents each, 3/$2 hardcover or $1 each, or you may fill a bag for $5 with as many books as you can fit. Come stock up on reading materials for the cold days ahead!

The Museum is located at 54 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, NY. All proceeds from the Book Sale benefit the non-profit 501 (c)(3) Museum through providing for general operating expenses. For questions or more information, please contact the North Tonawanda History Museum at (716) 213-0554.

08/03/2016

The North Tonawanda History Museum's Summer Used Book Sale is Saturday, August 6th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Books are 50 cents each for paperbacks or 3 for $1; $1 each for hard covers or 3 for $2. Customers may purchase a bag from the History Museum for $5 and fill it with all the books they can squeeze in.

History Museum volunteers estimate there are more than 70,000 used books available at each sale. As customers remove books from the shelves and tables, volunteers replenish the stock all day long.

Proceeds of used book sales cover operating expenses for the History Museum.

07/25/2016

Just a quick FYI to everyone out there that may be unaware. Community Papers of Western New York (including our very own North Tonawanda Sun) has shut down operations as of 5 PM this evening.

07/22/2016

In response to popular request, the North Tonawanda History Museum will open its Used Book Sale to the public for the last Saturday during Canal Fest, Saturday, July 23rd, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m..

Books are 3/$1 paperback or 50 cents each, 3/$2 hardcover or $1 each, or you may fill a bag for $5 with as many books as you can fit.

The Museum is located at 54 Webster Street, North Tonawanda, NY. All proceeds benefit the non-profit 501 (c)(3) Museum through providing for general operating expenses.

For questions or more information, please contact the North Tonawanda History Museum at (716) 213-0554.

05/23/2016

The North Tonawanda History Museum will be offering reduced admission this Saturday, May 28, from 11 AM - 3 PM in honor of Memorial Day. As always, active military receive free admission and veterans receive reduced benefits all year long as our promise towards the Blue Star Museum initiative.

The Museum will be closed on Monday, May 30, in observation of this day and so that our volunteer base can enjoy time quality time with their families. We wish you all have an enjoyable and safe extended weekend!

Sneak Peek of the Jim (Herk) Hurtubise ExhibitIn celebration of "Jim (Herk) Hurtubise Day in North Tonawanda" this Satur...
05/20/2016

Sneak Peek of the Jim (Herk) Hurtubise Exhibit

In celebration of "Jim (Herk) Hurtubise Day in North Tonawanda" this Saturday, May 21st, the North Tonawanda History Museum will be offering reduced admission at $3 a person from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. This memorabilia pictured below is only one small part of our growing Museum displays and collections. The Museum is located at 54 Webster Street.

The North Tonawanda History Museum will offer reduced admission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 as part of it...
05/16/2016

The North Tonawanda History Museum will offer reduced admission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 as part of its celebration of "Jim (Herk) Hurtubise Day in North Tonawanda." The Museum is located at 54 Webster Street.

History Museum volunteer Richard L. "Joe" Zellner was one of the many Jim Hurtubise aficionados who donated memorabilia with which to create the Hurtubise Exhibit Hall at the Museum. Zellner also advocated with City officials on behalf of the History Museum for the designation of May 21 as "Jim (Herk) Hurtubise Day in North Tonawanda" and for the designation of the block of Oliver Street between Tremont and Sweeney Streets as "Jim (Herk) Hurtubise Way."

Hurtubise was named "Rookie of the Year" on May 21, 1960 at Indianapolis, which is why May 21 was designated, in perpetuity, as "Jim (Herk) Hurtubise Day" in North Tonawanda by the North Tonawanda Common Council in October 2011.

Photo: Karen Hurtubise, daughter of Jim Hurtubise, at the 2011 exhibit with History Museum volunteer Richard L. "Joe" Zellner.

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Thursday 12:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00

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Our membership needs an update. What is the annual fee? We are Walt and Jacqui Blue in St. Paul, MN
This museum should have a special something in memory of Donna Jeanne (nee Keppen) Zeller Neal, the gal who collected most of these "artifacts", and was the "founding" and Executive Director, and Trustee, of the North Tonawanda History Museum, when she passed away in March of 2016.
when will the next book sale be ? this site does not appear to be updated...
Hi, I’m told my grandmother moved to North Tonawanda from 1942-1944 to “work in the aircraft factories” during WW2, wondering if anyone knows any details of these aircraft factories? Names of factories or types of airplanes that were constructed? Thanks
Anyone with any of the North Tonawanda history pages.... is there a picture somewhere of the huge old concrete structures that were along Division Street, before the arterial was constructed......I was told that they were for the "high speeds" in the early days.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, the N.T. History Museum will serve up its second speaker, Rick Falkowski, since moving into its new location at 712 Oliver St. Falkowski is a Western New York music historian, has published a book on the subject and is the organizer of the Wednesday concerts at Gateway Park. The presentation will focus on Buffalo’s Canal Street circa 1820 and the vaudeville theatre scene that thrived there.
Please delete if not allowed. The NT History Museum, 712 Oliver Street will host a 2-part book signing and question and answer session on Tuesday, February 19th starting at 7:00 pm. For more information or any questions, please call the museum at (716) 213-0554. "He's Out! The True Story of Prison Escapee Richard Matt" by Jamie Scalise (Matt's daughter) and Bob DiCesare. Part I will include a question and answer session and book signing by the authors. There will be books available for purchase. Part 2 will discuss the Richard Matt case from the police view, in detail, by the then Chief of the NT Detective Bureau and detectives that were on the case.
Are you still in existence? What is the address?
Two branches of my family, the Bahre's (Baehre) and the Reuster's (Reister) settled in the Buffalo, NY area - specifically Tonawanda, Wheatfield, St. Johnsburg (which I believe is N. Tonawanda). I have several Baehre relatives still in the area. My branch of the Baehre and Reister families moved to West Michigan in the mid-1800s. We have a family book that chronicles the Reuster/Reister emigration from Pforzheim (Brotzingen) Germany. In it is a picture of the Lutheran Church attended by the Reusters ... it was the Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Johnsburg. I have attached a picture. Does anyone know anything about this church and it's history? Is it still standing? Thank you so much! I appreciate any help I am given.
Does anyone remember Manual's Ice Cream Parlor? Any pictures or text?
I am Rick Morris, I have been told that your looking to buy the property at 230 Oliver St. from Mike Ahearn. Is this true? Reason I ask, is I hold the mortgage. Please call me ASAP 716-863-8299, or [email protected]
Please stop by the Chipotle on Military Rd in Niagara Falls on March 26th to help support the North Tonawanda History Museum! The museum will receive 50% of the proceeds to help them with their move to the new location. Just show this flyer to to help donate!