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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

Bren T. Price

Vice President, Buffalo Presidential Center


Maryann Saccomando Freedman, Esq.,

Retired, Cohen & Lombardo, P.C.


Regine Ong, 

Fraud Analyst, FIS Global 


Scott Gehl, Treasurer
Retired CEO Housing Opportunities Made Equal


Linda Czuba Brigance,

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

Courtney Speckmann

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


Byron Gillan,
Author/Community Activist


Jeffrey F. Swiatek,

Kevin Duggan

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


Laura Fitzgerald

Director of Operations and Grants Management, Preservation Buffalo-Niagara


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

Patrick F. Ryan

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

Ashley Carney-Cibella

Marketing & Digital Media Associate,

Lutheran Health System

Rachelle Moyer Francis

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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