About the authors…
Edward T. Dunn was born in Orange, New Jersey, in 1925, where he attended parochial grammar and high school before entering the Society of Jesus in the summer of 1943. After college at Woodstock, Maryland, he taught Latin, English and German at Regis High School in New York City from 1950 to 1953, returning to Woodstock to study theology. Ordained in 1956, he came to Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, in 1958, where he taught religion, moderated the Little Theatre, and earned a Masters degree in History in 1964. He received a Ph.D. in History from the University of rochester in 1969. At Canisius College, Father Dunn taught courses on Colonial America, the American Revolution, the Federalist Era, the Age of Jackson, America between the Civil war and World War I, and American Railroads. He wrote A History of Railroads in Western New York and History of the Park Club, among other books, as well as many articles. He retired from teaching in 1991, but continued to gold, ride his bicycle and cheer on the Buffalo Bills until his death in 2013.
Cynthia Van Ness earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from SUNY/Empire State College and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Buffalo. Her first job upon receiving her graduate degree was at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, where she worked for thirteen years. Half of those years were in the Grosvenor Room, the local history and genealogy collection, where she developed research and reference expertise in the people, places, things and history of Buffalo. She was appointed Director of Library & Archives at the Buffalo History Museum in October, 2007. On her own time, she is the author of Victorian Buffalo (1999), Quotable Buffalo (2011), and the creator of BuffaloResearch.com, a guide to researching ancestors, buildings, and companies in Buffalo.
Amy Miller currently works at the Buffalo History Museum Research Library as the Assistant Librarian and Archivist and is a part-time professor at University of Buffalo. She earned a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Buffalo in December, 2011 and an Advanced Certificate in Library and Information Science in December, 2014.