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“An East Side Story: Harold Arlen’s Buffalo Roots” Traveling Exhibition


Harold Arlen (1905-1986) was born in Buffalo, New York and composed some of the most memorable songs of the twentieth century including the Oscar winning song, “Over the Rainbow” for the movie, The Wizard of Oz. It was Arlen’s background as a vocalist, a performer, and an arranger that infused his music with a deeply individual and intimate sound. His performance-centered style drew on his Jewish roots and the music around him in Buffalo. An East Side Story: Harold Arlen’s Buffalo Roots, explores his early life on the East Side and its legacies that continue to resonate in our time. 

This exhibition draws on materials from the private collections of Sam A. Arlen and several Buffalo families with organizational and institutional materials from within Yale University, the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, the Buffalo History Museum, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the University Archives, University at Buffalo, NY. 



Eight pull up panels, each in its own base unit, pole and carrying case.


86”H x 36”W


Vinyl Panels. Aluminum Poles, Aluminum base.


12 lbs. for each vinyl panel unit


Local installation can be arranged directly through the Jewish Buffalo History Center.

Exhibition Costs

The loan of the exhibition is free within Greater Buffalo. Shipping and insurance fees are applicable for exhibition hosts outside of Greater Buffalo and are calculated at cost to the requesting organization site.

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Special Thanks

Sam A. Arlen, Lauren Becker, Alan and Ellen Bernstein, Richard Boursy, Jeff Clark, Colin Davidson, Hope Dunbar, Thembi Duncan, Walter Frisch, Rob Goldberg, Mark Goldman, Judi Mohn Griggs, Albert Haim, Greg Hennessey, Rhonda Hoffman, Jessica Hollister, Oscar Israelowitz, Carla Jablonski, Jill Komm, Nicole Kondziela, Steven Kosanovich, Noah Kotzin, Chuck LaChiusa, Greg Meadows, Jane Meditz, William Offhaus, Jennifer Patrick, George Scott, Kim Stacy, Matthew Steinberg, Lynne Steinhart, Lorne Steinhart, Cynthia Van Ness, Melissa Wertheimer, Jessica Wittman

Research and Text | Chana Revell Kotzin, PHD
Graphic Design | Telesco Creative Group