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New Video: Presidents in Buffalo:
Unusual and Untold Stories - Part 2


“The Hands that Rocked the Cradles: Mothers of US Presidents”

Saturday May 6th 2 pm
Central Library/Ring of Knowledge
**Free & Open to the Public**

Presented by Buffalo Presidential Center
Speaker: Dr. Linda Czuba Brigance
Professor Emeritus SUNY Fredonia and Trustee, Buffalo Presidential Center

Despite almost universal acknowledgment—across centuries and cultures—of the importance of mothers in shaping their children’s futures—most of us don’t know much about the women called “mother” by our Presidents.
In honor of Mother’s Day, this presentation tells the stories of the mothers of the five Presidents with the most connections to Buffalo and Western NY: Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Grover Cleveland, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.



As we acknowledge the 158th anniversary of Lincoln’s funeral train and ceremonies in Buffalo in 1865, The Buffalo Presidential Center invites you to visit us in April and May to learn more about Abraham Lincoln, his colleagues and associates.


You will see original relics like:

  • a plate owned by Abraham Lincoln from his home in Springfield, Illinois,

  • books, letters and documents dating to his Illinois years,

  • a Lincoln life mask taken from a mold of an original 1860 bronze, 

  • strands of his hair,

  • wallpaper from the room where Lincoln died, 

  • and this "Dinner Bill of Fare". . . 


Just down the street from St. James Hall, where Lincoln's body lay (located on the block between Main and Washington at Exchange Street) stood the The Mansion House.  This exclusive hotel was perfectly positioned to accommodate well-to-do residents and travelers arriving by train from around the country. (Today that site is the approximate location of Seneca Towers.) Known as "Buffalo's historical and favored hostelry" it offered a special funeral "Dinner Bill of Fare" and wine list in honor of the fallen president.

What would guests have dined on?  You can see an original Courier print of this menu at the exhibit through the end of May at the Buffalo Presidential Center, 2nd Floor of the Central Public Library at 1 Lafayette Square, Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm.  

This is just one of the many unique artifacts on display that tell the story of when almost 100,000 people in Buffalo paid their respects to their beloved President.

Presidents in Buffalo: Unusual and Unknown Stories- Part 2

Wednesday, March 15, 7pm on Zoom

Considering Buffalo's rich and unique Presidential History, you will be surprised at how many unusual, unknown, and even weird stories abound.  Some may be controversial; others "believe it or not."  Bring your own stories to share if you have any.

Presented by Bren Price, Sr.
Retired educator, Buffalo Presidential Center Trustee & Explore Buffalo Master Docent.




Sunday March 19, 2023 - 2 pm 


1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo NY
**Free & Open to the Public"

The 13th President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, was married to two very different women: Abigail Powers Fillmore & Carolina Carmichael Fillmore. Come explore the stories of these two strong Buffalo women, buried on either side of their husband in Forest Lawn

Presented by Rachelle Moyer Frances, retired Orchard Park teacher, frequent Chautauqua presenter and local history author.

Please Join Us

Forest Lawn Gravesite Ceremony in Recognition of the 223rd Anniversary of the Birth of US President Millard Fillmore

Saturday January 7, 2023 at 11:00 AM

Sponsored by Buffalo Presidential Center, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Aurora Historic Society, and Millard Fillmore Presidential Site

Mark Twain and the Presidents

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A talk by Dr. Thomas Reigstad on Mark Twain and the Presidents


December 10, 2022

3:00 PM


Library's Ring of Knowledge 


Museums & Culturals Day


Bren Price giving a tour of the Buffalo Presidential Center

Bren Price from the Buffalo Presidential Center gave a tour of the new space.


CLICK HERE to see Bren discussing one of his favorite things on exhibit as posted on our Facebook Page.


Our Presidential Center is open 10-4 Saturdays on the second floor of the Erie County Public Library.


Join us on ZOOM for
"The Buffalo Presidential Story" 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 12:30 P.M.


Bren Price, Buffalo Presidential Center Trustee & Peter Schiffmacher, 3-D Digital and Visual Storyteller team up to tell Buffalo’s unique and significant presidential stories as part of this season’s Virtual IMAGINE BUFFALO Programs


hosted by Downtown Buffalo & Erie County Public Library for EC2000.


Log onto Zoom HERE to view the program


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Why were there two funerals for Abraham Lincoln in Buffalo in 1865? 

Thursday April 28 - 4 to 6:30 pm
Saturday April 30th - 10 am - 4 pm


During the week of April 25th, the Buffalo Presidential Center will celebrate Lincoln Days by exhibiting several rare artifacts from the two funerals. On display will be the Lincoln Train Schedule from Rochester to Buffalo; an early steel engraving of Lincoln’s Funeral Carriage and entourage; a Lincoln life mask cast from a mold of an original 1860 bronze; and other unique artifacts.

View Bren Price's video presentation:

The History and Future of the Buffalo Presidential Center. 

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library's IMAGINE Buffalo Series - 5/18/21


From Erie County, NY University Express

View Bren Price's video presentation:

Presidents in Buffalo 


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