Commemorating the centennial of America’s involvement in “the Great War,” Buffalo Never Fails: The Queen City and World War I explores Buffalo, its people and the region’s contributions to the war effort during this globally turbulent period. The collection includes posters from the United States, Canada and Europe, representing some of the finest examples of graphically designed war propaganda encouraging military enlistment and appealing directly to citizens to back the war effort, buy bonds, conserve food and support the Red Cross.
Also on display are materials about the sinking of the RMS Lusitania ocean liner, which took the life of Elbert Hubbard, writer and founder of East Aurora’s Roycroft community; local innovations and industrial mobilization that significantly contributed to both the victory and devastation of this first truly mechanized war; a war diary by local soldier Alden Rogers; popular sheet music from the era; pamphlets on a variety of wartime topics; the souvenir program of the April 1919 “Welcome to Our Boys” celebration and much more.
Buffalo Never Fails: The Queen City and World War I looks back to a critical time in our nation’s history with a sharp focus on Buffalo’s role during the War and the consequences of it, with the intent of showcasing and honoring the stories of individual heroism and sacrifice both on the battlefields and on the home front.
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