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A Final River to Cross: The Underground Railroad at Youngstown, NY

$49.95$69.95

This local and regional study fills the gap in documenting Youngstown’s role in the Underground Railroad in New York State. It also offers further proof of the existence of, support for, and operation of the Underground Railroad in Western New York. It is a comprehensive and extensive book meant for both the general reader and scholars. The authors have uncovered a rich treasure of information in newly discovered primary source materials. Discover the compelling stories of the citizens of Youngstown who formed an intricate Underground Railroad network.

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A Spirituality of Being Human

$19.95$29.95

Hugh Brady’s life’s work has been discovering the divine in the human. He thinks we have it wrong when we apologize, saying: “I am only human.”

A Spirituality of Being Human explores our human nature as a sacred gift, even with its vulnerabilities and weaknesses. In fact, it is through our limitations that we find our way to growth, compassion, and grace. “It is not in escaping our human condition but in its full embrace that we can feel the divine heartbeat within our own human hearts.”

Jesus taught a spirituality of being human when he walked among us. Discover with Brady the fullness of human life as the bridge to transformation and the building of the kingdom of God. Our human home, Earth, is integral to this spirituality.

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Albright: The Life and Times of John J. Albright

$35.95$45.95

The fascinating story of the elusive man who brought steel to Buffalo, harnessed the power of Niagara Falls, and gave Buffalo its most treasured gift: the Albright Art Gallery. To tell this compelling tale required a long and circuitous journey, from small town archives to big city libraries, tracking down Albright descendents in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts to sift through the many layers of mystery which have for so long shrouded this enigmatic man. The result is a beautiful, illustrated biography of industrialist and philanthropist John J. Albright, one which reveals the remarkable story of a man and the turn-of-the-century city in which he lived. Exquisite photographs by Susan Fuller Albright bring to life this extraordinary man and his family.

Winner of the 2019 IPPY Award, Silver in Biography
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Allentown: A Photographic Journey in the Heart of Buffalo, NY

$29.95$49.95

A photographic journey through Beautiful black & white photographs by Bill Faught capture the essence of Allentown, a neighborhood at the heart of Buffalo, New York. Evocative narrative by illustrious neighbors helps illustrate the sense of community that honors the past while embracing the future and communicates the funky bohemian spirit that pervades these historic streets.

Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award, Gold in the Gift Book category
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At First Light

$29.95$39.95

At First Light is a celebration of the natural world, one morning at a time. Put on the coffee, cozy up in your favorite chair and soak in the beauty of a new day. Breathe deeply and turn the pages slowly through the seasons. Listen to the sound of skis glide over fresh snow. Keep a keen eye out for deer prints as you pass through the tall tree shadows of sunrise.

This exquisite book reminds us that each day is a new gift to cherish and explore.
Just as the late winter sun eases up the river ice, the pages of At First Light will clear your spirit and start your day with a warm glow for many seasons to come.

You will never really finish reading At First Light.

Winner of the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Award, Silver in the Gift Book category
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B is For Buffalo: An Aerial Alphabet

$19.95$29.95

Buffalo, New York is known for its remarkable architecture. Masterpieces by world-renowned architects dot the city. From the ground, these structures are impressive. From the sky, they are breathtaking. Soar high over the Queen City via beautiful drone photography and see the city like you’ve never seen it before. From the sweeping grandeur of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to the immense scalloped walls of Temple Beth Zion, discover Buffalo from A to Z.

Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award, Silver in the Gift Book Category
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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra: The BPO Celebrates the First 75 Years

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The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra came into existence at the height of the Great Depression. Seventy-five years later, it is an internationally renowned, Grammy-winning Orchestra. The story of this amazing trajectory is told through more than 200 images in a beautiful 120-page coffee table book that celebrates music in Buffalo. Follow the BPO from Lajos Shuk to JoAnne Falleta, and meet many of the world’s greatest musicians. Leonard Bernstein to Lang Lang, Johnny Mathis to the Grateful Dead, the BPO has brought the world of music to Buffalo. On tour, it has brought Buffalo to the world. Special sections showcase the BPO’s home, the acoustically perfect Kleinhans Music Hall, the BPO’s many Carnegie Hall appearances and the hundreds of recordings made over the decades.

 

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Buffalo’s Delaware Avenue Mansions and Families, 2nd Indexed Edition

$59.95

With a robust, four-part, 32-page Index by Buffalo History Museum Assistant Librarian Amy Miller and an Introduction to the Second Edition by Buffalo History Museum Research Librarian Cynthia Van Ness, there is finally excellent access to this encyclopedic book’s amazing contents, street by street, family by family. The decades between the Mexican War and the beginning of World War I revolutionized America’s cities. Industrial prosperity produced an astonishing proliferation of capitalists and industrialists positioned to garner a disproportionate share of the profits. These noveau riches erected magnificent mansions, creating aristocratic residential thoroughfares in cities like Chicago, Boston and Buffalo, of which Delaware Avenue was surely among the most magnificent. Classic Delaware Avenue ran two and a quarter miles, from Niagara Square to Chapin – now Gates – Circle. Four generations of inter-Avenue marriages created a closely knit, complicated cousinry. Encyclopedic in scope, Buffalo’s Delaware Avenue: Mansions and Families is an immense book of facts that covers Buffalo’s grandest Avenue. Discover the tales behind these mansions and their illustrious families.

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Classic Buffalo

$59.95

Classic Buffalo celebrates the remarkable quantity, diversity, and quality of Buffalo’s architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries, concentrating on structures of the highest class, of the first order. This golden age of Buffalo architecture is presented in striking full color, with many dramatic double-page and full-page photographs of both exteriors and interiors of hundreds of the most interesting buildings and spaces in Buffalo.

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Discarded Ancestors

$24.95$34.95 Available March 1, 2020.

Treasure lives amidst the rubble of lost neighborhoods. Mixed-media artist Elizabeth Leader found a discarded family album and transformed it into collages that capture the rise and fall of the Rust Belt, honoring the immigrants and refugees who built America. Discarded Ancestors is a unique and beautiful coffee table book that poignantly illustrates a vibrant era in the nation’s industrial past couched within its decline.

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Frederick Law Olmsted’s Point Chautaqua: The Story of an Historic Lakeside Community

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A well-preserved creation of America’s most celebrated landscape architect, Point Chautauqua’s 1875 Frederick Law Olmsted design is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Among Olmsted’s many works, Point Chautauqua stands alone. Only here did the master find a physical setting that conformed to his aesthetic ideal. Moreover, this was his only design for a religious community. Frederick Law Olmsted’s Point Chautauqua richly exhibits Olmsted’s design principles, making it a perfect example of historic landscape architecture that is also a living, working community, and a rewarding laboratory for students of historic landscape architecture.

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From Finland to Niagara Falls: Pehr Kalm in North America 1748-1751

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The fascinating untold story of Finnish scientist and explorer Pehr Kalm, who in 1750, became the first scientist to visit and study Niagara Falls. Sent by the famous Swedish natural historian Carl Linnaeus to research the New World, Kalm’s task was to collect samples and write descriptions for Linnaeus. His exciting expedition lasted three and a half years, and its impact on the natural sciences was groundbreaking. Kalm described all that he saw: the landscape and geography, colonists’ settlements and customs, Indians and slaves, and of course, many plants and animals. His scientific report on Niagara Falls was the first, and it was published by Benjamin Franklin. Two states have named their state flowers after him, and the Virginia creeper, which he brought back from his travels, now grows all over Finland.
The book’s brilliant illustrations offer an accurate and engaging picture of Kalm’s journey, and the text is enriched by passages from Kalm’s own travel journal. From Finland to Niagara Falls is an illustrated history book for the young and the curious of all ages.

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Golden Age of Buffalo Sports

$24.95

When World War II ended in September 1945, Buffalo was the eighth largest city in the United States. Its economy was booming, its population growing, its downtown bustled with commercial activity in the daytime, and lit up with excitement at night. In this setting, sports entered a golden age. During 1945-1950, veterans enrolled in Buffalo’s colleges and universities on the GI Bill, and unprecedented numbers of Buffalonians cheered on George Ratterman, Bob MacKinnon, Leroy Chollet, Zeke Sinicola, Freddie Hunt, and Joe and Phil Muscato. Gorgeous George, Yukon Eric, Howie Willis, and Tom and Phil Colella.
They are all here and many more in a thoroughly documented history of postwar sports in Buffalo, New York.

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Intern Talk: A Guide to Walking the Walk

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From navigating interviews and crafting résumés to effective networking and personal branding, Intern Talk is a career coach and adviser disguised as a book. It not only guides students in the pursuit of professional opportunities, but also offers a somewhat novel approach to achieving a lifetime of career success.

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Legacy of a Refugee: An American-Hungarian Entrepreneur’s Journey to Silicon Valley

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Legacy of a Refugee recounts the journey of an extraordinary man who refused to give up. From washing cars and painting houses, he progressed to factory work and lab work. He then learned and worked in various facets of the emerging world of computer technology, leading to several managerial positions. These experiences, combined with his leadership and vision, drove him to fulfill his dream of starting his own company. Meszaros eventually founded an innovative tech company that was acquired by Intel. This story of a self-made man is an inspiration to those who have left or who are considering leaving their birth place behind in search of a better life.

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