The final installment of our three-part series explores how Western New York supported America’s entry into the First World War, as well as the celebration that took place once peace was declared.
Polish-Buffalonian Matthew Urban served his country gallantly during the Second World War, emerging as the most decorated combat veteran in U.S. history.
The second installment of our three-part series examines the final years leading up to America’s declaration of war in 1917, as tensions rise and the region deals with issues of ethnicity and preparedness.
The end of the Second World War signaled the beginning of the Cold War, and with it the need to defend the industry and population of the Niagara Frontier from a potential onslaught by Soviet bombers. Such an attack never occurred, but we examine the various measures that were taken to shield our region from nuclear obliteration.
The Aircrew College Detachment Training Program provided a solution to the huge number of applicants for the U.S. Army Air Forces, while providing future officers with important academic training. Both the University at Buffalo and Canisius College hosted some of these future flyboys.
From the small town of Franklinville to around the world and back, Norman Maffei found inspiration in everything he experienced. His passion for marine art made him famous beyond Western New York.
Sergeant George Tipping was one of hundreds of Buffalo Irishmen who joined the ranks of the Union Army. His rare collection of original letters provides a look at one family’s struggle with the familiar themes of war, separation and survival.
Long before America went “over there,” Western New York had to cope with some unique realities in the opening years of the First World War. In part one of a three-part series, we look at a usually peaceful region during the years of true neutrality.