Archives Month: October 2018

Food is the great equalizer, the conversation starter, the builder of community bridges and the common frontier for new explorations! 

Food is also the historical chronicler of who we are, where we came from and where we are headed. Western New York has an abundance of food history, a veritable cornucopia of food-related traditions that defines the region's uniquely complex array of cuisines and eateries enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. 

Join us in celebrating the food history of Western New York, captured and preserved in the documentary collections of libraries, museums and archives across the region, by taking part in the events listed below.

Oh, and by the way, bon appetit!

WNYLRC presents: Harvest of History, the theme for Archives Month this October 2018.

Have a favorite family meal? A trusty tailgate specialty? A cozy winter comfort food? What is your signature dish?

Submit your favorite recipes to the Online Regional Cookbook!



Event List:

Please contact the host library for event details.

All In Just One CookieJoin Jean Neff for a special story program "Recipes and Utensils, Then and Now" with the book All In One Cookie by Susan E. Goodman. Children will discover just how far ingredients from a chocolate chip cookie have to travel to make it into the recipe! Ms. Neff will also bring a variety of old cooking utensils to compare them with what is used in baking today!

 Tuesday, October 2, 2018
1:30 - 3:30 pm: 
Lee Whedon Memorial Library, Medina, NY
4:00 - 5:00 pm: Hoag Library, Albion, NY

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
11:00 am - 12:30 pm: Crane Branch Library, Buffalo, NY
3:30 - 5:00 pm: Eggertsville-Snyder Branch Library, Snyder, NY


Preserving Family RecipesWhat do you do if a beloved recipe is sketchy, horribly outdated, impossible to read, or unwritten? Learn how to make sure those old handwritten recipes as well as heirloom photos and kitchen artifacts last for future generations. Valerie J. Frey, author of Preserving Family Recipes: How To Save and Celebrate Your Food Traditions, will explore various aspects of your family's heirloom recipes.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 @ 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Orchard Park Public Library, Orchard Park, NY

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
North Park Branch Library, Buffalo, NY


Cooking with Ben: Keep yourself and your family healthy with great food!  Includes cooking demo and tasting party. Presented by Ben Glurich, Dietitian.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
North Tonawanda Public Library, North Tonawanda, NY