Just in time for Black History Month, on February 4, Visit Buffalo Niagara released the Buffalo Niagara African American Heritage Guide.

This handy, 40-page guide goes beyond the Michigan Street Baptist Church and the Colored Musician's Club to explore some of the lesser known local treasures in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and even across the border. Discover African American festivals, shops and restaurants. Check out the detailed day trip suggestions, specific itineraries, and suggestions for family and group reunions. Then make up your own expeditions.

There's no need to wait until you have folks in from out of town. Pick up a copy of this booklet at Visit Buffalo Niagara in the Brisbane Building at the corner of Washington & Clinton streets, right across from the Central Library, or view it online. It's full of hidden gems that you will want to explore.

This guide will help you make every month Black History Month at the same time as it helps draw additional tourists, groups, conferences and conventions to Buffalo,