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Go on a guided tour of the grain elevator district

Grain elevators, photo by S.J. Velasquez

blog by S.J. Velasquez  • 

Back in its industrial heyday, Buffalo’s grain district was full of immigrants—mostly Irish—who worked tirelessly to feed their families and, quite literally, the world.

On Saturday, the Valley Community Association will host Feeding the World, a guided tour and commemorative event that is meant to pay tribute to Buffalo’s grain scoopers of decades past.

“The history of Buffalo’s First Ward and Valley neighborhoods is directly tied to the thousands of mostly-Irish scoopers who toiled as laborers at the mills and docks along the Buffalo River,” Valley Community Association executive director Peg Overdorf said in a statement. “This fun event will be a way to recall the rich chronicles of our region, while at the same time enjoying a visit to the great new waterfront destination that is Mutual Riverfront Park.”

Saturday’s event runs from 2 to 6 p.m., beginning at Mutual Riverfront Park, 41 Hamburg St. in Buffalo.

The larger event is preceded by a noon tour of the of the grain district, guided by Old First Ward historian Gene Overdorf. Cost of attending the tour is $10, and space is limited. Call 823-4707 ext. 4 to reserve spots in the group.

The event—other than the guided tour—is free and open to the public. There will be live music by Brian Overdorf and Friends, educational presentations, photographer Gene Witkowski’s exhibit of the last unload of the Kinsman Independent, and history displays at the nearby Waterfront Memories and More Museum.

Grain Scoopers guided tour

TAGGED: gene overdorf, grain elevators, history, old first ward, peg overdorf, valley community association

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