Sports fans can experience six decades of Buffalo Bills football stories through exhibitions, events and programming in October at The Buffalo History Museum, located at One Museum Court.
“When guests see the stories of Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas, to see unique artifacts such as Kelly’s game-worn jersey or Thomas’s red standing buffalo helmet, they relive and share memories of their own connection with the Buffalo Bills and the team’s unique place within the community,” said Greg D. Tranter, donor of the Tranter Collection of Buffalo Bills Memorabilia and president of The Buffalo History Museum’s board of managers. “This month, fans have more opportunities to experience sports history at the museum, from seeing new artifacts in the Icons exhibit, an exhibit of original artwork highlighting Bills artifacts, to hearing memories and stories from Mary Wilson herself.”
Featured Exhibits & Events
“Icons: The Makers and Moments of Buffalo Sports” explores Buffalo’s rich sports history and investigates the unique connection between fans and their beloved teams. “Icons” allows friends to relive magical moments at a game, families to cheer for their favorite players, and parents to introduce their children to some of the greatest moments in Western New York’s history (and the impact sports has on the community).
“Superfan! by A.J. Fries” features 12 paintings inspired by items from The Buffalo History Museum’s Greg D. Tranter Collection of Buffalo Bills Memorabilia. This is free, with an “M&T Third Friday” exhibit opening from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18. A tailgate with Fries will be held from 3-6 p.m. The tailgate is 21 and over and costs $10 per person. Advance registration can be done online at buffalohistory.org.
Thurman Thomas will hold an autograph signing from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Admission is $10 per person for members or $20 per person for general admission. Admission includes a free pre-printed photo of Thomas for autographing. It is $40 per autograph on a 3-D object with a limit of two 3-D objects per person. Register online at buffalohistory.org.
An “Evening with an ICON: Mary Wilson” will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28. If promise an intimate discussion and Q&A with Wilson regarding her career, philanthropy, and life with Ralph Wilson. Tickets are $10 museum members, $25 general, or $50 patron. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with the program at 6:30 p.m. Advance registration is required at buffalohistory.org.
In addition to the programs at the museum, people can engage with memorabilia from The Greg D. Tranter Buffalo Bills Collection online at buffalohistory.pastperfectonline.com. Visitors will find game worn artifacts, toys and novelties.
For more information, call the museum at 716-873-9644 or visit online at buffalohistory.org.