On Thursday at 7 p.m. the Anderson-Lee Library will host Buffalo author Timothy Bohen, who will discuss his critically acclaimed book, "Against the Grain: The History of Buffalo's First Ward."
"Against the Grain," published in 2012, is Bohen's first book. It tells the story of the settling of the First Ward, primarily by Irish immigrants in the 19th century, and the growth of the working class neighborhood as the shipping industry boomed in Buffalo and grain elevators sprang up along the city's waterfront. The First Ward was also home to German, Polish, and Italian immigrants, forming a true melting pot neighborhood.
Congressman Brian Higgins comments, "Timothy Bohen tells the story of this place, its people and of the daily struggles; he's brought our past to life. Steeped in the shadows of concrete industry and wood frame homes, the Old First Ward was a way of life and a state of mind, a place of dreams lost and found. Against the Grain is a gift from a grateful descendant of that place, a grateful descendant in search of his story and of ours."
Whether someone hails from the "Ward," has family that lived there, or simply wants to learn about this fascinating aspect of Buffalo's history, this is sure to be a lively and thought-provoking presentation.
The book is available to borrow through the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System. For more information, call 934-3468.