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About Us

The Buffalo Presidential Center is an all-volunteer non-profit organization chartered by the State of New York to explore and share stories about Buffalo and Western New York’s historic and contemporary contributions to the U.S. Presidency and national affairs. The BPC operates a museum on the second floor of the Central Library and presents public programs and exhibits to audiences throughout Western New York.  

Our Trustees

Shane E. Stephenson, President

Director of Museum Collections, Buffalo Naval Park

Bren T. Price, Vice President

Retired School Superintendent, Explore Buffalo Master Docent


Maryann Saccomando Freedman, Esq., President Emeritus

Retired Partner, Cohen & Lombardo, P.C.


Regine Ong, Secretary

Fraud Analyst, FIS Global 


Scott Gehl, Treasurer
Retired CEO Housing Opportunities Made Equal

Former Buffalo Councilman


Linda Czuba Brigance, Past President

Professor Emeritus /State University of New York at Fredonia

Courtney Speckmann, Trustee

Director of Programs & Engagement, Buffalo & Erie County Naval Park


Byron Gillan, Trustee
Author/Community Activist


Jeffrey F. Swiatek Esq., Trustee

Kevin Duggan, Trustee

Former Erie County Dept. of Social Service Energy Programs; Owner, Family Tree Genealogical Research


Laura Fitzgerald, Trustee

Director of Operations and Grants Management, Preservation Buffalo-Niagara


Richard Pyszczek, Jr., Trustee

Social Studies Coordinator, Buffalo Public Schools


Michael Boston, PhD, Trustee

Associate Professor/ SUNY Brockport

Philip D. Feraldi, Trustee

Retired Educator; former Sardinia NY Town Supervisor

Patrick F. Ryan, Trustee

Cultural Coordinator at The Richardson Olmsted Campus and Historian at Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate

Ashley Carney-Cibella, Trustee

Marketing & Digital Media Associate,

Niagara Lutheran Health System

Rachelle Moyer Francis, Trustee

Retired educator 

Millard Fillmore biographer 

Our Partners

Aurora Historical Society


Buffalo History Museum


The Forest Lawn Group


David Lacki, Buffalo Niagara Convention and Visitors Bureau


The Millard Fillmore House Museum


Curtis Nestark, President, Grand Island Historical Society at River Lea - Grand Island Historical Society at River Lea


Molly Quackenbush, Retired Executive Director, Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site


John M. Laping, FAIA, Chairman Emeritus, Kideney Architects

Anne Conable, Manager, Community Engagement, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library


Clyde Eller, founding BPC Trustee, former Acting Director and Collections Director, Buffalo History Museum


George Cleveland, Grandson of President Grover Cleveland 


Walter Sharrow, Ph.D., Former BPC Trustee, Professor of History, Canisius College


Martin S. Nowak, Historian and Author


David Gerber, Ph.D., Former BPC Trustee, Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, University at Buffalo 


Douglas W. DeCroix, Executive Editor, Western New York Heritage Press, Inc.

Greg Peterson, President, Robert H. Jackson Center


Retired Congressman John LaFalce


Chris Hawley, Planner City of Buffalo, Historian

Buffalo Presidential Center is grateful for the support of Erie County and the Pomeroy Foundation


We believe in the importance of exploring Buffalo's Presidential History.

The mission of The Buffalo Presidential Center is to encouragze the study, exploration, interpretation and public awareness of Buffalo and Western New York's contribution to the Presidency and national affairs. Our main focus is on Buffalo's two presidents, Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, but our interest includes other Western New Yorkers who have shaped our nation as leading participants in national government, the judiciary, policymaking, and public affairs.


Through spotlighting this historical legacy, we hope to promote interest in contemporary issues related to the Presidency and national affairs.

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Our Mission


The Buffalo Presidential Center is a not-for-profit educational organization committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment where all trustees, volunteers, members and staff feel respected and valued regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability, education, or any other bias.

We respect the value that diverse life experiences bring to our board of trustees and leadership and we strive to listen to their views and give them value.

We are committed to being nondiscriminatory and providing equal opportunities for employment, volunteering, and advancement in all areas of our work.

We will dedicate time and resources to expanding diversity, to examine assumptions which interfere with this policy, and to address systemic inequalities in our work.

The Buffalo Presidential Center is committed to demonstrating diversity, inclusion, and equity and maintaining fair and equal treatment for all.

--Adopted 12/15/21

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Continuing to illuminate Buffalo’s connection to our presidential history and to share that heritage with the world.

Continuing to illuminate Buffalo’s connection to our presidential history and to share that heritage with the world.

Our Vision

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