George Kennan's captivation with travel and Russia led him to expose the horrors of the exile system.
Royalton's Belva Lockwood was the first female to be admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and was later also the first full-fledged female candidate for president.
John E. Brent’s architectural contributions to Buffalo and the surrounding areas often went uncredited because of his race. Today historians are working on tracking down Brent’s projects and giving him the recognition he deserves.
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.
As the General Conference got underway in 1860, a growing rift within the Methodist faith, over issues of slavery and paid seating, resulted in the creation of Free Methodism right here in Western New York.
Crusading reporter A.J. Smitherman founded one of Buffalo's first African-American newspapers and fought for equality, both in Oklahoma and right here in Western New York.
In the early 1920s, the city and its mayor, Francis X. Schwab, took a dramatic stand against a resurgent Ku Klux Klan that boasted thousands of local members.
The story of one local family illustrates how an entire group of people nationwide were impacted by a series of unjust immigration restrictions.