2021 Fall Speaker Series

Join us for our 2021 Speaker Series! See dates and speakers below.

2020 Fall Speaker Series

View our virtual 2020 Fall Speaker Series below! You can also find more great videos about local history on our YouTube channel.

Origin of Buffalo Street Names

Speaker: Angela Keppel

Date: Nov. 18,  2020

Angela Keppel is an urban planner and history enthusiast. A lifelong Buffalonian, Angela lives in the juxtaposition between where we have been and where we are going as a city. Angela runs “Discovering Buffalo, One Street at a Time” where she blogs about Buffalo streets and how they got their names. She works as a Project Planner with Buffalo Place, the downtown business district.

The Meaning and Significance of Wampum

Speaker: Richard David Hammel

Date: Nov. 23,  2020

Richard Hamell is an Associate Professor Emeritus of Geology from Monroe Community College. Rich has geology degrees from MCC, SUNY Brockport and the University of Rochester. After his retirement, Rich turned his attention to presenting programs for . . . 

The Story of Horatio Jones

Speaker: Robert Jones

Date: Nov. 24, 2020

Robert Jones is a Counselor for the Cattaraugus Territory and represents the leadership of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Mr. Jones is a descendant of Horatio Jones, an important intermediary between the Seneca and the Haudenosaunee in their negotiations with the young United States government.

Historic & Influential People from Buffalo & WNY

Speaker: Rick Falkowski

Date: Nov. 26,  2020

Rick Falkowski has been involved in all aspects of WNY entertainment during the past 50 years. He is the founder of the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame and Buffalo Music Awards, former publisher of Buffalo Backstage Magazine, entertainment coordinator of Tonawanda’s Gateway Harbor Concerts . . .