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‘Buffalo Talks’ Series Welcomes Old First Ward Author
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‘Buffalo Talks’ Series Welcomes Old First Ward Author

A Statement Released by Preservation Buffalo Niagara

Preservation Buffalo Niagara is proud to present a new monthly series of "Buffalo Talks" open to the public. The first presentation is by Timothy Bohen, author of the new book Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo's First Ward. A book signing will follow. The event will take place in collaboration with the newly opened Waterfront Memories and More museum at the recently opened Mutual Riverfront Park.  

Against the Grain tells the story of a group of mostly Irish immigrants who toiled in the hulls of grain ships and in other waterfront industries in an area called the First Ward of Buffalo, New York. The First Ward was a geographically isolated area of Buffalo primarily inhabited by settlers from the south and west of Ireland, but was also home to Germans, Poles, and Italians.

This economically deprived area produced an abundance of historically important people including Fingy Conners, the largest private employer on the Great Lakes; Michael Shea, Buffalo's greatest entertainment showman; "Wild Bill" Donovan, the founding father of what became the CIA; John Sheehan, one-time Tammany Hall boss; Jimmy Slattery, the Light Heavyweight Champion of the World; and Jimmy Griffin, the longest serving mayor in Buffalo history.

What: Lecture and Q&A with Timothy Bohen, author of Against the Grain

When: Thursday, November 29 at 6pm

Where: Waterfront Memories and More, 41 Hamburg Street, Buffalo, NY 14210

How Much: $5 donation at the door; free for PBN members and friends of the museum. No reservations are needed but venue space is limited.

Preservation Buffalo Niagara actively works to identify, preserve, protect, promote and revitalize historically and architecturally significant sites, structures, neighborhoods, commercial districts and landscapes in Erie and Niagara Counties. PBN programs include the annual Preservation Awards Luncheon and Buffalo Tours.


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