History Can Be a Wonderful Thing

I live in an area that is just barely outside the city limits of Buffalo, New York. For all intents & purposes, I’m a resident of the city, even if technically I’m not. I work in the heart of downtown Buffalo, I commute via bus on a daily basis and I’m always out and about venturing around the city.

My daily bus commute to work downtown involves an approximately four-mile stretch of Broadway Street, including going through a community that was once a very Polish area back in the day. Now, it’s filled with many vacant buildings, the infamous Broadway Market and a couple of businesses here and there that still manage to exist.

Yesterday, I came across a website that lists a number of historic buildings in the city of Buffalo. It includes a list of buildings that are considered “at risk,” some that have been lost and others that have been saved. It’s a pretty interesting website. You can view the listings by zip code which allows you to kind of piece things together and look at specific portions of the city, if that’s what you’re trying to do.

A number of listings I found were interesting. Some noted that the building used to be a bank many, many years ago; others noted famous stores, meeting places, etc.

But there was one listing that really caught my eye.

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Learning About the Civil War

After attending the Civil War reenactments a few weekends ago in Mumford, I have to admit my interest in the Civil War and history. was piqued.

I took several history courses throughout school. In high school, it was global followed by AP European History & AP American History. In college, I took two American history courses, as well as a Canadian history course (which I found quite interesting). I considered adding a minor in history of European countries, but it was late in my college career by that point and would have set me back.

Now, however, I find myself intrigued by history once again. Working at a library, I’m surrounded by heaps of books on the topic – so I selected one and have begun reading it. Pictured to the left, this book is all LISTS of facts concerning the American Civil War (1861 – 1865).

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Stepping Back in Time….

(Photo: Melissa Kania)

Allow me to take you back in time to the early 1860s – the time of the American Civil War between the Union and the Confederates. Can you imagine what life was like during that time? How the soldiers – and civilians – dressed, ate, acted and lived? On July 14, I had the pleasure of attending the sesquentennial Civil War reenactment at the Genesee Country Village & Museum in Mumford, NY.

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