About Us

The Buffalo Presidential Center is an all-volunteer 501c3 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. For over a decade the BPC has presented more than 12 public programs a year including speakers’ series, panel discussions, historical reenactments and exhibitions to audiences throughout Western New York.  

Our Trustees

Shane E. Stephenson, President

Director of Museum Collections, Buffalo Naval Park

 

Maryann Saccomando Freedman, Esq., President Emeritus
Of Counsel, Cohen & Lombardo, P.C.

 

Regine Ong, Secretary

Analyst, M&T Bank 

 

Scott Gehl, Treasurer
Retired CEO Housing Opportunities Made Equal

 

Linda Czuba Brigance,

Past President; Professor Emeritus 
State University of New York at Fredonia

 

Hon. Joan K. Bozer

Trustee Emeritus

Bren T. Price
Retired School Administrator
Presidential Tour Docent, Explore Buffalo

 

Bradley Hunt
President, WNS Group

 

Courtney Speckmann
Museum Consultant; Former Director of Education at the White House Historical Association

 

Byron Gillan,
Author/Community Activist

 

Jeffrey F. Swiatek,
Partner/HodgsonRuss

Kevin Duggan

Family Tree Genealogy, Owner

 

Laura Fitzgerald

Director of Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator, Forest Lawn

 

Richard Pyszczek, Jr.

Social Studies Coordinator, Buffalo Public Schools

 

Michael Boston, PhD

Associate Professor

SUNY Brockport

Philip D. Feraldi,

Retired Educator; former Sardinia NY Town Supervisor

Our Partners

Aurora Historical Society

 

Buffalo History Museum

 

Joseph Dispenza, President, 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

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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

BUFFALO PRESIDENTIAL CENTER
POLICY ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

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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