October 2013 Meeting


Buffalo's First Ward: A Conversation with Timothy Bohen

Saturday, October 26, 2013

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Optional Buffet Lunch at Gene McCarthy's Brewing and Kitchen, 73 Hamburg St., Buffalo, New York 14210 * $15 per person including tax and gratuity.

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Presentation at the Waterfront Memories Museum, 41 Hamburg St., Mutual Park, Buffalo, New York 14210 * Free to Attend.

Seating for Both Events Is Limited. Registration Required.

Local author and amateur historian Timothy Bohen, Jr. will explain how his interest in the spelling of his last name and his family genealogy led to Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo's First Ward, a book on the history of one of Buffalo's most unique neighborhoods.

He will discuss the significant events that shaped the history of the neighborhood including Joseph Dart's grain elevator, the Irish Famine, the Fenian Raid, the Great Strike of 1899, the St. Lawrence Seaway, and many other events. In addition, he will also discuss the characters who roamed the streets of the Ward including "Blue-eyed Billy" Sheehan, Fingy Conners, Michael Shea, "Wild Bill" Donovan, Jimmy Slattery, Jimmy Griffin and many others.

The deadline for registration is October 19, 2013. Simply register by emailing the information requested to RSVP@wnygs.org or by mailing the completed form and check to: WNYGS, c/o Kate Johnson, 8750 Wenner Road, Williamsville, NY 14221. All checks should be made payable to "WNYGS".

Click here to download a copy of the registration form.

Last updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013