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Winter Speaker Series Session 1: Healthy New Year

January 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This five-part speaker series features different Explore Buffalo docents presenting lectures on a wide variety of topics.

Learning, Caring, & Curing: Medical History in Buffalo: 

Since the mid-1800s, Buffalo has developed quality clinical care, educational and medical research facilities. With the new John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital and the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences continuing this tradition on the expanding Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, this presentation takes a look back at the evolution of the medical school, hospitals, and research facilities within the city. Highlights of Buffalo’s history of medical excellence, innovations, and inventions will be showcased.

Presenter: Ann Palmer


Snake Oil Salesmen of WNY: 

A pill to make your life more pleasant, one to make you smart, and a concoction to cure anything else that ails you?  Who wouldn’t want to buy that?  Before the FDA, anyone could call themselves “doctor”, bottle up some herbs, add a little alcohol and sell these cure-alls to an unsuspecting public.  Join us for an entertaining evening reviewing the unbelievable advertising, unsubstantiated label claims, and unscrupulous business practices of three of Western New York’s most famous patent medicine peddlers.  Included in this lecture are Dr. Ray Vaughn Pierce of Pierce’s Invalid and Tourist Hotel and World Dispensary, George Merchant of Merchant’s Gargling Oil and Fletcher Sutherland of 7 Sutherland Sister’s Hair Tonic.

Presenter: Lisa Testa

All Adventures in Buffalo History sessions are from 7-9 PM on Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo on Symphony Circle.

Admission per session: $10
Explorer Pass Holders: Free

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January 12
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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First Presbyterian Church
1 Symphony Circle
Buffalo, NY 14201 United States
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