Red Jacket Awards Dinner


Each fall, The Buffalo History Museum hosts The Red Jacket Awards Dinner, recognizing individuals and organizations for their contributions to our community.

Members of The Buffalo History Museum may nominate candidates for the Red Jacket, Daniel B. Niederlander and Owen B. Augspurger Awards.

2018 Nomination Schedule

February 13: Nominations are accepted online
March 9: Nominations close at 11:59 p.m.
Winners notified in April
Date for the Red Jacket Awards Dinner announced by May 1, 2018


Established in 1957, The Red Jacket Award is presented each year in recognition of quiet, continued, unbroken devotion to our civic progress and needs by one who, through such devotion, has thereby enlarge our awareness of our heritage in order that it may be built upon for the enrichment of our future.

The tradition of the History Museum’s Red Jacket Award is inspired by the imperative to continue acknowledging those who, with steady service, strive to support the connections in our region. 

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Red Jacket Award Criteria & Recipient List 

Red Jacket Award Nomination Form


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The Daniel B. Niederlander Award, established in 1975, is named for a former President of the Buffalo History Museum. Mr. Niederlander (1895-1964) had a keen interest in history, witnessed by his restoration and operation of the Williamsville Water Mill. He was also active in the drive to save the 1833 Buffalo lighthouse. This award recognizes a local heritage organization for outstanding programming.

Niederlander Award Criteria & Recipient List

Daniel B. Niederlander Award Nomination Form


Established in 1974, the Augspurger Award honors the quiet and unassuming Owen B. Augspurger (1913-1969); an attorney, councilmember, dedicated civic leader, and former Buffalo History Museum Board President. This award is given to an individual for outstanding service to the cause of local history reflecting the passion exhibited by Mr. Augspurger. 

Augspurger Award Criteria & Recipient List 

Owen B. Augspurger Award Nomination Form: 

Interested in becoming a corporate sponsor for the Red Jacket Award, Niederlander Award, or Augspurger Award?  Please contact Angelica Rodriguez, Development Associate,  at (716) 873-9644 x318 or