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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

Scott Gehl, Treasurer
Retired CEO Housing Opportunities Made Equal

Former Buffalo Councilman


Linda Czuba Brigance, Board Secretary /Past President/

Professor Emeritus /State University of New York at Fredonia

Ashley Carney-Cibella, Trustee

Marketing & Digital Media Associate,

Niagara Lutheran Health System

Kevin Duggan, Trustee

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


John Fagant, Author/Historian/Explore Buffalo Master Docent/Retired Chemist


Philip D. Feraldi, Trustee

Retired Educator; former Sardinia NY Town Supervisor

Laura Fitzgerald, Trustee

Director of Operations and Grants Management, Preservation Buffalo-Niagara


Rachelle Moyer Francis, Trustee

Retired educator 

Millard Fillmore biographer 

Patrick F. Ryan, Trustee

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

Courtney Speckmann, Trustee

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

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


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


The Buffalo Presidential Center greatly appreciates the ongoing support of the Erie County Legislature and County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

Our Mission

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 Vision

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.

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