Image of Buffalo waterfront
Source: Library of Congress Digital Collections
Western New York’s strategic location on the Great Lakes has made it both a terminus and a gateway of migration. First home to Native American communities, the region was later settled primarily by New Englanders following the Revolutionary War. The opening of the Erie Canal provided an easy route west, attracting the first of many waves of immigrants from Europe. Many people remained in the area and have been followed by others from around the world.
Collection Assistance Days
Each month, WNYGS volunteers are on-site at the Central Library to assist researchers with the society's library collection and answer general research questions. Join us on the following dates this fall:
Fri., 9/8 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Fri., 9/22 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sat., 10/14 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Tues., 10/24 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Fri., 11/17 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Sat., 11/18 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Original Holland Land Company Vault