In the 1890s Alfred University was looking for a way to boost enrollment and practically train students. Spurred by fine modeling clay in the local soil and the numerous clay industries in the Hudson Valley, the NYS School of Clay-Working and Ceramics at Alfred University was founded in 1901 and has grown into a national leader.
Tony Sisti was a man as comfortable in boxing trunks as he was in a painter's smock and beret. Today lesser known than some of his contemporaries, an exhibit at the Burchfield Penney Art Center is reminding the art community of Sisti's skill.
Ely Parker, a Tonawanda Seneca, used his linguistic skills to rise to prominence in the federal government. The controversial figure's life is examined by a fellow Native American.
The Pan-American Exposition's "Streets of Mexico," on the Midway, was one of the fair's largest exhibits and biggest draws.
Louis Le Couteulx stood out among the early settlers. The adventurous representative of a famed French family was the first Catholic to settle in Buffalo. He was also the first philanthropist.