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.

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

2019 Winter Speaker Series

Thursday, February 7

  • The Library in Erie County: A Short History & Overview of the Current Library System
  • The Village of Depew: Chauncey Depew, Railroads, and F.L. Olmsted

Thursday, February 21

  • Antislavery Conventions in Buffalo
  • Banking in Buffalo

March 7

  • Trailblazers of Buffalo
  • Celebrating Buffalo & Beyond: The Artistic Legacy of Józef Sławiński

March 21

  • Uncovering Terra Cotta
  • Buffalo: An Early Modern Powerhouse

Admission Info: 

General Admission per session: $10
Explorer Pass Holders: Free
Educator Discount: Educators, school administrators, & NFCSS members are invited to join us for only $5/evening (50% off the general admission price). Please bring your school ID or proof of NFCSS membership with you to purchase tickets at the door, or contact Paige Melin at education@explorebuffalo.org to reserve in advance. Discounted rate applicable for up to 2 general admission tickets per ID.

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.