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

Linda Czuba Brigance, President
Professor Emeritus 
State University of New York at Fredonia


Shane E. Stephenson, Vice President
Owner, Archives in the Buff


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


Kelley Culmer, Secretary


Scott Gehl, Treasurer
Retired CEO Housing Opportunities Made Equal


Hon. Joan K. Bozer
Former Erie County Legislator; Buffalo/Niagara Chapter, Friends of Women's Rights National Park


Mark D. Evans
Member Services Director, American Political Items Collectors


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,

Kevin Duggan

Family Tree Genealogy, Owner


Laura Fitzgerald

Director of Community Engagement & Volunteer Coordinator, Forest Lawn


Carl Lam

Academic Advisor, University at Buffalo; Meteorologist


Richard Pyszczek, Jr.

Social Studies Coordinator, Buffalo Public Schools


Michael Boston, PhD

Associate Professor

SUNY Brockport

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

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

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

Our Vision

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