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School’s Past Holds Lessons for Museum’s Future

Friday, July 19th, 2013

One of the biggest scholastic events that took place at Sweet Home School before it closed was the Olympics of the Mind.  It was a state wide competition in creative problem solving.  One team, comprised of seven students and a faculty member, was asked to build a functioning chariot which could be propelled only by… Read more »

 Cooking in Elliott House with Miss Sara

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Before the summer got so blistering hot, the wood stove in Elliott House was fired up twice a week.  Here you see some biscuit dough ready to be rolled out and baked. The challenge has been to get the temperature hot enough to bake – in the old recipes the temperature was determined by how… Read more »

Behind the Scenes Storage Tours

Friday, July 12th, 2013

One of the more interesting aspects of working at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is getting to see our Collections Storage facility, a 5,000 square foot temperature controlled environment in which the museum’s 30,000+ collection and archives are housed.  Thanks to the museum’s Behind the Scenes Collection Storage Tours, visitors can see firsthand how artifacts are… Read more »

What is Americana?

Friday, July 5th, 2013

“Americana” is a term that describes things that are most often associated with America, hence why the Village’s Americana Days comes the weekend after the 4th of July. Ever heard the phrase “As American as apple pie?”  Even though the treat has its origins in another country, it is most closely linked to American heritage.The many aspects… Read more »

The Deconstruction of the Doll

Friday, June 28th, 2013

A couple of weekends ago, while working at the German Festival, I went to make copies of an informational flyer.  The copy machine is in a small room that is located in the Modern Childhood exhibit.  As I exited the room,  a young girl asked me why the doll on display was named a “Yvonne… Read more »

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