Not everyone in Western New York in the late 1800s was a fan of the drink. Fredonia’s Women’s Temperance Union took a stand against alcohol in December 1873, successfully closing many drinking establishments and laying the roots for the national W.C.T.U..
Originating with the Graduates Association of Buffalo Seminary, this exclusive women’s club continues to promote education and the arts in this, its third century. Michelle Kratts documents several of the notable figures who laid the foundations for this social and cultural institution.
In 1850, a group of Buffalo’s leading citizens gathered to discuss the educational opportunities for their daughters. Over 150 years later, Buffalo Seminary remains one of the nation’s outstanding academic institutions for young women.
In the late 1800s, crusaders in Chautauqua County led a movement by launching the state’s first county suffrage association, influencing public sentiment and hosting several highly attended pro-suffrage events.
A noted landscape painter in her own right, Buffalo schoolteacher, Clara Langenbach taught her students to create, appreciate and judge artwork, alongside lessons about honesty, respect and character.
The only woman Glenn Curtiss ever taught to fly achieved a host of aviation firsts, but her eventful life included plenty of adventures on the ground as well.
Beloved local artist Catherine Burchfield Parker, who passed away this past November, touched many lives through her vibrant watercolors, caring personality and artistic collaborations.
In 1924, the Buffalo Courier ran a summer beach photo contest. Time for some fun in the sun!