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.
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
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
Out of the bleakness and massive chill of a Buffalo winter, Jake Miller has fashioned a visual and text poem of decay, loss, and memory. His photographs find beauty and insight in this freeze that makes us feel happy we are home and warm. A striking hardcover photographic essay that melds word and image masterfully.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three beautiful children’s books with bunnies and birds and compelling stories promise to provide kids with a break from chocolate and jelly beans!
An endearing tale that captures the hearts of mothers and children of all ages. In The Chickadees and the Moon Above, Mama Chickadee tells her chicks to look up at the moon and think of her; she’ll be looking at the same moon and thinking of them…Chickadee Tree will always be their home. It’s also a perfect gift for new mothers, empty nesters, and birdies who are leaving the nest.
Fluff, Puff and Stuff reveal their favorite hiding places. In this charming rhyming book, young readers enter the world of dust bunnies—which happens to be right beneath their their own bed! The Dust Bunnies is perfect for Easter baskets, spring cleaning season, and for any chore-resistant child.
And when the brief brilliance of a shooting star touches Clover the bunny’s heart, he is sad because he thinks it will be forgotten. Wise old Owl shows him how shooting stars, like those we love, are remembered forever. Clover and the Shooting Star is a story of wonder and hope housed in a sturdy board book format that is perfect for even the very youngest little bunnies.
Nickel City Chef is unique to Buffalo. No other city hosts a culinary challenge featuring local chefs and local ingredients before a live audience. Chef profiles, local ingredient resources and stunning photographs showcase the best of Western New York. Best of all, the book includes 32 recipes, two from each of the 16 challenges featured, using locally sourced ingredients from shiitake mushrooms to pasture-raised heritage pork. This book is so beautiful you’ll want two copies – one for the kitchen table and another for your coffee table.
This book will be released on April 15, 2022. Available for pre-publication purchase now.
The fascinating story of the historic Elmwood District is told for the first time, from the arrival on the Niagara Frontier of Joseph Ellicott, through the role played by Fredrick Law Olmsted’s parks and parkways, and into the decline and renewal during modern era. This lushly illustrated book educates and enlightens, telling the stories of the people who gave Elmwood its enduring character, transforming it from dense forest into one of America’s top ten neighborhoods.
The only cookbook dedicated to Saint Joseph’s Day – the table, the recipes, the symbols, the traditions. Celebrated for many generations, this lovely feast is in danger of extinction. Chef Mary Ann Giordano has gathered nearly 100 of the best Saint Joseph day table recipes, many from her own family’s treasure trove, and added fascinating Saint Joseph’s day lore and traditions. The result is a beautifully illustrated, unique book that celebrates a tradition that deserves to be preserved and cherished. Easy-to-follow recipes for favorites like sfinge, pasta con sarde, and carduni fritti, as well as a menu and a planning guide. Add your family favorites to the Giordano traditions, and keep this celebration alive for generations to come. Or simply enjoy preparing these luscious Sicilian dishes year-round!
Spain: Rock, Roll, Rumbles, Rebels & Revolution features the work of legendary underground cartoonist Spain. This exhibition catalog is published for the career retrospective of Manuel “Spain” Rodriguez, at The Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY.
The Cayuga Island Kids series features a diverse group of big-hearted friends who work together to solve mysteries, have adventures, and organize community projects. They are fact detectives who think, brainstorm, research, and collaborate to uncover answers and puzzle out solutions. Above all, they are kind, helpful, smart, and resourceful kids who have lots of fun together.
These chapter books are perfect for 7- to 10-year-olds in 1st through 4th grade.
“Any book that begins with a map of an island is my kind of story. Enliven that setting with a diverse group of characters who are consistently kind—and bursting with curiosity—and you’ve got all the elements of a series that is alive with adventure, friendship, and mystery.” ~ James Preller, author of the Jigsaw Jones mystery series
Book 1: The Mystery of the Barking Branches and the Sunken Ship
This entertaining mystery-history adventure is based on real events surrounding one of the biggest puzzles of the Great Lakes! The Cayuga Island Kids set off on a hunt for a certain kind of tree and instead unearth a cannonball thought to be from a treasure ship built right on their island that sank in 1679 and was never recovered. As they hunt for clues and follow leads, they discover that the island they live on is home to a whole lot of history. And, it turns out, a whole lot of mystery, too. We all have history in our own backyards, just waiting to be discovered by inquisitive, adventurous, and fun-loving fact detectives!
Book 2: The Adventure of the Big Fish By the Small Creek
Moving from knowing something has to be done to getting it done takes determination, teamwork, and sometimes, looking in a new direction. In this award-winning second book in the series, the Cayuga Island Kids rescue a mallard caught in the plastic rings from six-pack of cans. Moments later, a girl on a bike carelessly tosses a plastic bottle in the creek. That’s when they decide it’s time for action. How the Cayuga Island Kids go from fishing a plastic bottle out of the creek to bringing the community together to build a recycling bin big enough to hold plenty of plastic makes for a lively adventure. Young readers will be entertained as they come to realize the importance of brainstorming ideas, teamwork, the value of community effort, recycling, and the promise of new friendships. Best of all, readers will cheer on the Cayuga Island Kids as they come to realize that, although we are each just one person, together we can make a BIG difference.
Book 3: The Case of the Messy Message and the Missing Facts
It’s fall as Book 3 of the Cayuga Island Kids chapter book series opens. Julian explores food science as he experiments with recipes for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Being a cookie sampler takes Mac’s mind off his troubles with fractions. Yoko practices for the school play tryouts, and Maya helps Ms. Choi with the Make-and-Take-Club. Lacey, of course, is searching for the next mystery to solve. And then two of Ms. Choi’s glitter pens go missing. The clues and evidence point to a suspect, but are the Cayuga Island Kids jumping to conclusions? When a classmate jumps to conclusions and shares false information about Julian’s cookies, the kids join forces to set the facts straight. And while researching explorers for a school project, the kids uncover misinformation that blurs the truth, and makes the reasons for being a fact detective crystal clear. Sorting through clues and evidence—just like research—means making sure you have all the facts, and not just a fraction of the truth. Young readers will cheer for the Cayuga Island Kids as they embark on this adventure involving misinformation, faulty assumptions, flour bugs, glitter pens, and chocolate chip cookies.