Early in his career, future governor William H. Seward had to institute a regime of palliative measures in order to quell the axe-wielding settlers' riot against the Holland Land Company when their farms were threatened with imminent foreclosure.
A religious zealot established a bizarre community in Chautauqua County, which included an eccentric and accomplished British politician and writer.
With a seemingly endless number of works written in genres almost as numerous, Fletcher Pratt deserves his place among Western New York's noted literary figures.
Lockport-born Othniel Marsh was one of the late 19th century's top paleontologists, but his feud with Edward Cope divided the scientific community and forever tarnished both men’s reputations.
When the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad wanted to break the 100 mph speed barrier, it looked to Western New York's Charlie Hogan...and a strip of track just west of Batavia.
Were the Davenport Brothers truly in touch with the spiritual realm, or did they simply claim to be mediums to foster their careers as stage magicians?
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 birth of Spiritualism is traced to the Fox sisters of Hydesville, NY in the 1840s. But a community devoted to this unique religion developed in Chautauqua County and remains vibrant today.