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Unique Places: Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society and Museum

BUFFALO, NY - The Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society is a museum nestled in the heart of downtown, and dedicated to Buffalo's storied waterfront history.

It is also located in a most appropriate structure.

"This is actually the old Howard Baker building which was a ship chandlery here in Buffalo," explained museum volunteer Pattie Glaser, explaining further that a chandlery supplied all the ships, canal boats, and lake freighters with supplies, including food stuffs, wiring, ropes, lines, and pretty much anything they needed during the 19th century, when Buffalo was the third largest inland port in the world.

Some of those types of things are still here, along with everything else imaginable telling a story unique to the Queen City's glorious maritime past.

The museum also includes a display on Buffalo's infamous Canal street neighborhood near the terminus of the Erie Canal.

Glaser's favorite artifacts in the museum are some photographs taken from the top of St. Paul's Cathedral, revealing several bird's eye views of the city in 1870.

They are believed to be the oldest known photographs of Buffalo and, like many items in the museum, were almost lost forever.

"One of our members got a phone call from a person who said had some old photos, which were actually glass plate negatives, and wondered if we wanted them. Considering what they turned out to be I'm sure glad we said yes," recalled Glaser.

"They're my favorites because I would love to go back in time to see what it was like in Buffalo."

In a way, visitors can do just that, by coming to the Lower Lakes Marine Historical Society and Museum.

Click on the video player to watch our story from 2 On Your Side Reporter Dave McKinley and Photojournalist Bob Mancuso.

Click here to visit the museum's web site to find additional information on operating hours and location. Admission to the museum is free.


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