Speaker Series

Adventures in Buffalo History

This speaker series features different Explore Buffalo docents presenting lectures on a wide variety of topics. Each session will have two different lectures.

All 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

Click on each session below for more information on the topics and to register.

2017 Winter Series

Session 1: January 12, 2017
Healthy New Year
  • Learning, Caring, & Curing: Medical History in Buffalo
  • Snake Oil Salesmen of WNY
Session 2: January 26, 2017
Planes & Trains 
  • Trains Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
  • History of Buffalo Aviation: People, Places, & Planes
Session 3: February 9, 2017
Origins of Buffalo: The Early Days
  • Forts of Buffalo
  • The Rise of the Grain Elevator
Session 4: February 23, 2017
Ships & Their Wrecks 
  • Shipbuilding in Buffalo
  • Buffalo Maritime Disasters
Session 5: March 9, 2017
Artsy Buffalo 
  • Literary Legacies in the Queen City
  • Buffalo’s Public Art

Weather Cancellation Policy

In the event of extreme winter weather that requires us to cancel a session, a cancellation notice will be posted on the website, Facebook, and Twitter by 5 PM. An email will also be sent to all registered participants. A rescheduled date will be announced at a later time.

If there is a driving ban in effect in the City of Buffalo, the session will be automatically cancelled. As winter weather in Western New York often hits certain communities hard while sparing others, we ask you to use your best judgment based on local conditions and not travel if you deem it unsafe to do so. We will transfer your registration to a different date if you are unable to attend a session that does proceed as scheduled due to weather.