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E is for Erie County: A Bicentennial Celebration (April 2021 – June 2022)

E is for Erie County: A Bicentennial Celebration

Ring of Knowledge: Mainfloor, Central Library

On April 2, 1821, New York State officially recognized the county of Erie as a distinct and separate county from Niagara.

“We this day publish the act for dividing the county of Niagara.  All that part of the original county of Niagara, lying north of the Tonewanta Creek is erected into a new county, retaining the name of Niagara, and the residue is called Erie.”  (As reported in the Niagara Patriot newspaper, April 23, 1821)

In celebration of the Erie County Bicentennial, explore the rich history of our communities through the astounding 568! Historical Markers placed throughout the County. Click here for a list of markers  sorted by regions of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Libraries.  To see the entire Historical Marker database with photos and full descriptions, visit .

You can check out the Erie County Bicentennial website for more information about the yearlong celebration and learn about what’s happening around the County.

The Ring of Knowledge exhibit commemorates the bicentennial of Erie County and highlights the history, accomplishments and the people who built our communities. 

Erie County Bicentennial - 3D/VR Virtual Exhibit