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The Iron Island Museum
998 Lovejoy Street
Buffalo, New York 14206

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Museum Hours

Thursday: 6 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday and Saturday 10 am – 12:30 pm

*SELF GUIDED TOURS $2.00 per person
*GUIDED GHOST TOURS $5.00 per person
(Reservations Recommended)
*PRE-PAID TOURS can be scheduled for groups by appointment

Thursday guided tours will be
from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm.

Overnight investigations available Sun-Sat by
request - email Linda at ljhgold@aol.com or
Click here for details

Museum tours also available by appointment.

Lenten Fish Fry
Friday, March 23
4 PM - 7 PM

Lenten Fish Fry

$12 take out or eat in, includes, Fish, French Fries, Cole Slaw, roll, tarter sauce and ketchup.
Dinners are being cooked by Krolick's BBQ.

Lenten Fish Fry:

$12.00 per person

Meat Raffle
Sunday, April 22
1 PM - 5 PM
St. Andrews Church
34 Francis Street
Sloan, NY

Lenten Fish Fry

$7.00 includes Admission, Beer, Wine, Pop, Water, BBQ Hamburger, chips and chance at door prize! Doors open at 1 PM - first spin at 2 PM Bring your own coolers (if you want), snacks, and PLENTY OF DOLLAR BILLS. Meat provided by Camillo's Sloan Supermarket. Split club!

Proceeds go to the Iron Island Museum and the sponsorship of the St. Andrews Youth Group Baseball Team.

Meat Raffle:

$7.00 per person

Iron Island Neighborhood Book
Purchase your copy of Shep: A Reminiscence

Shep 1

In 1904 Charles P. Barth and his family lived in Iron Island, with his dog Shep! Charles wrote a wonderful book about growing up here.
I heard about this book but was unable to find it anywhere, finally a friend of mine found it in the rare book collection at the Erie County Library.

I read the book and fell in love with his story, and his vivid details of what Iron Island was like back in the day.
With permission from his family, the Iron Island Museum has been able to re-publish his book and will be selling copies at the
museum and online. If you grew up in Iron Island or even love stories of old City of Buffalo neighborhoods, you will love this book.

The book has been dedicated to Charles' nephew Richard, who we met a few years back with some of his family. They are wonderful people who had so many other stories to share with us about the neighborhood and their family.

Unfortunately Richard passed away a few months back and was unable to be here for this. Thank you to his daughters Deb Barth Klees, Pam Buckovich and Donna Jo, for their help in making this happen. You can pick up a copy of the book at the museum for $10, or if you order here, we can mail one to you for $15.

Shep 3Shep 2

Book Orders

$15.00 per Book

Warm Up Your Insides
With These Mugs

An Iron Island Mug is a great way to enjoy your winter coffee, tea or hot chocolate! Or give them as gifts! 2 different color options. $8.00 per mug, plus $5.00 extra for mailing.

iron island mug image


Stay Warm
In An Iron Island Hoodie

We have just added this great hoodie to our online store. Wear your favorite Museum where ever you go. It's prefect for the upcoming fall weather or holiday gift! Get them while they are in stock. Sizes Medium up to XXL.for $40.

Front of hoodie


Bring Iron Island
Home With You

We have just added, "Hanutingly Charming", a 45 minute documentary of personal accounts and actual investigative footage of hauntings at Iron Island Museum. Go buy it in the store for $13 or pick one up at the museum for $10.

Front Cover of DVD

Special Hotel Rates For Overnights!

If you are coming to Buffalo to visit the Iron Island Museum, check out the great deals at 2 local Holiday Inns and 1 local Holiday Inn Express for a special Iron Island rate!

Holiday Inn Downtown

Holiday Inn Airport

Holiday Inn Express Airport

Aerial Picture of the Museum

Check out this cool aerial picture of the museum, taken by Buffalo Aerial Pictures. Check out their website at buffaloaerialpictures.com

Museum Aerial Image
click for a larger version of the image

Let's Honor Our Veterans of All Wars
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Overnight Investigations
$35.00 per person

Click here for more overnight details

Iron Island T-Shirts
$20.00 (includes shipping)

Click here to shop at the store

For additional information on any of these services email Linda at ljhgold@aol.com

The Iron Island Preservation Society of Lovejoy, Inc. was formed in 1994.  The originators met in each others homes at the start and then rented an apartment and storefront at 1132 Lovejoy Street.  The all -volunteer members met monthly and initiated their mission which is "to preserve and beautify the Iron Island neighborhood and improve the quality of life for the residents".   An annual festival was run by the group and was held on Lovejoy Street for 13 years.  The members hung dedicated American Flags on the light standards along the business corridor in the summer and put up Christmas decorations for the holiday season.  They cleaned Hennepin Park, Davey Street Playground and the entrance to the Lovejoy neighborhood at William and North Ogden Streets.  Their fundraising efforts allowed them to place a Welcome Sign at one of the main entrances into the City of Buffalo,  The society launched many petition drives to SAVE HENNEPIN PARK, SAVE MEAD BRANCH LIBRARY, SAVE OUR FIREHOUSE, SAVE PRECINCT 11, SAVE OUR K-9'S and many more.  The work of the Iron Island members is well-known throughout the area and several awards were presented to the society.  In August, 2000, a businessman, Mr. Anthony Amigone, noticed an article in the Buffalo News which told of the preservation efforts of the society and he donated his 1895 former church/funeral home to the group to house their museum.  In October, 2000, a Grand Opening was held at the new museum which was attended by family members of Mr. Amigone, members, friends and families and some elected officials.  This building now houses a variety of mostly donated items, including a wooden altar from a neighborhood 1896 church, railroad items, military uniforms and much more.

Research is now being done on the history of the building.  Recent findings include the fact that there was a small wooden church at this site in 1888 with a parsonage erected to the west at 994 Lovejoy Street.  Drawings were gleened from the archives at the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society and further information was obtained regarding Henry Lovejoy who is the namesake of Lovejoy Street.  The brick church was erected in 1883 and opened in 1885 and was well-attended by the congregation of the Methodist-Episcopal denomination.  A photo of the first board members was also obtained for our records.  The building was abandoned for a short while until a funeral director took over in the late 50's.  To accomodate services, a building was built inside the church with three viewing rooms.  There is an apartment attached which is now used for meetings and various other events.  The viewing rooms now contain countless artifacts and one room is the New York Central Terminal Gallery which includes a model of the terminal building.

Contacts are:  Linda J. Hastreiter, President, Marge Thielman Hastreiter, Vice President and Curator, Rose Bologna, Secretary.  Phone #: 716-892-3084,  Messages are retreived daily.

New Sign

The Iron Island Museum would like to thank everyone at Santoro Signs for thier generous donation of the new sign donated in April of 2009. We love it! Click on the image to see a large version.

Santoro Signs, Inc.
3180 Genesee Street,
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
716 895-8875

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