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Portico Steps Back in History and Forward with Festivities

It’s difficult now to find a day when the portico at the Buffalo Historical Society isn’t throwing a fete. On July 20, the Pan Am building will continue their “Party on the Portico” series with Western New York indie band, A Potter’s Field, and the 80’s throwback jams of Buffalo bred, Marvelous Sauce. The happy hour and concert begins at 5:30pm with tickets at $5 for members and $10 for the general public. Tickets are available at the door or at the museum shop in advance.

Daytime festivities under George Cary’s famed columns will begin on July 28 with three Portico Picnic Tours. The tours, themed around exhibitions at the Historical Society, will focus on the golden age of Buffalo at the turn of the century. Tours begin at 10a.m. at the Historical Society Resource Center at 459 Forest Ave near the Richardson complex, with a Pan Am tour on July 28 and August 30, as well as the “Origins and Ever After” tour on August 4.

The “Ever After” tour ends with the historical society’s newest exhibit, featuring highlights from Buffalo’s dazzling and gruesome history, including former Mayor of Buffalo and President Grover Cleveland’s 126 year old wedding cake. And what Buffalo history lesson would be complete without the trappings of McKinley’s last stop, including the revolver, hankerchief and handcuffs of his assassin, Leon Czolgosz. The “Origins” portion focuses more on a timeline of the State Court, according to marketing associate, Jennifer LaBella.

While both tours begin at the resource center, the “Pan Am” will include an architectural tour of the tranquil Japanese gardens as well as cover the area around Nottingham, where the exposition grounds once stood.

The afternoon walk will conclude with lunch on the portico, provided by The Lunch Box. To select lunch and register for the tour, please visit for mail-in order and registration form or contact Tara Lyons  (716) 873- 9644 ext.301 -leigh giangreco