"Ever After," an exhibit celebrating The Buffalo History Museum's sesquicentennial, closes Sunday, July 7.
Starting in July 2012, "Ever After" exhibited prized and treasured artifacts from the museum's vast collection. The pieces curated were expressly chosen to represent innovation, infamy and imagination from the earlier lives of Western New Yorkers.
Some of the "Ever After" artifacts on display include:
•The 127-year-old piece of cake from President Grover Cleveland's wedding to Frances Folsom, in a Tiffany & Company box, which incidentally, appeared in an article of The New York Times on May 10.
•Referencing Alice in Wonderland, a table setting of the museum's extensive collection of dinnerware, dining chairs, linen and high tea finery is whimsically portrayed.
•A revolutionary quilt stitched in 1855 contains an impressive 2,402 pieces, 57 names, 80 words, and 1,063 letters of needlework.
•A pony coat tailored in Hamburg from a horse called "Skip" who died in 1919.
•The Research Library - a premier resource for students, scholars, genealogists, or simply the curious visitor, is also represented as a major museum component in the exhibit.
•Harman Blennerhassett's brass telescope tells an extensive story of intrigue and politics.
•The nickel-plated Iver-Johnson .32 caliber revolver Leon Czolgosz used to shoot President McKinley in the Temple of Music at the Pan-American Exhibition in Buffalo in 1901, along with the handkerchief the assassin used to partially conceal the gun. The handcuffs that were fastened on Czolgosz also accompany the weapon in the display.
•A wall of oil portraits represents the artists and historic movers and shakers of Buffalo. Included among the known subject and artist are "Portrait of Jacob Morrison" by Tony Sisti and "Portrait of Brigadier General Owen Augspurger" by Virginia Cuthbert.
Museum hours: Closed Mondays; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Visitors may call 716-873-9644 or visit www.buffalohistory.org.
To commemorate its bicentennial anniversary, The Buffalo History Museum will present "By Fire and Sword: The War in The Niagara Theatre, 1812-1814."
The Buffalo History Museum is a premier historical organization in Western New York, serving since its founding in 1862 to collect, research, interpret and share the Niagara Frontier's rich history. Its collections include more than 100,000 artifacts, 200,000 photographs, and 20,000 books. The Buffalo History Museum annually presents a wide array of programs, exhibits, tours, outdoor events, and activities for all ages.