March 2020

Buffalo Presidential Center Receives 
Erie County Funding
Thanks to the County Executive and the members of the Erie County Legislature for including the Buffalo Presidential Center in their 2020 Cultural budget. This $2500 allocation is crucial to our continued ability to bring quality programing about Buffalo/WNY's unique presidential history to the community. The 2021 budget planning process has already started. As a supporter of our work, please reach out to Mark Poloncartz and your elected county representative and thank them for this year's allocation and ask them to continue to support the Buffalo Presidential Center at increased levels for next year.   
Click here to find and contact your Erie County Legislator
Click here to contact County Executive Mark Poloncartz

The 220th anniversary of the birth of Millard Fillmore, 13th president of the U.S. and founder of a variety of Buffalo’s most respected cultural institutions, was commemorated at a ceremony on January 7, 2020 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo. The University at Buffalo, Forest Lawn Cemetery, and the Buffalo Presidential Center were sponsors of this year’s commemorative event, which was free and open to the public.
The graveside ceremony included a color guard, opening prayer and the placing of a wreath sent by the White House.  The program then moved to the Margaret L. Wendt Archive & Resource Center for a reception hosted by the Buffalo Club. Courtney Speckmann, former Director of Education for the White House Historical Association and current member of the Buffalo Presidential Center’s Board of Trustees, presented “Reflections on Millard Fillmore’s 220th Birthday: His Leadership and Legacy.”
Local organizations that Fillmore helped found include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Buffalo Club, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Buffalo General Medical Center, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Public Schools, Buffalo Science Museum, Hodgson Russ LLP, Erie County SPCA, Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo and the University of Buffalo. Many of these organizations were represented by members who made brief remarks about the role Fillmore played in their origins. 
The sponsors recognize that Fillmore played a complex role in the history of slavery in the U.S., which includes the Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act, and acknowledged this role publicly during the annual commemoration in order to be true to our nation’s history as well as Fillmore’s legacy as president of the United States.
This year’s commemoration marks the 55th consecutive year UB has organized the event and the first year for the Buffalo Presidential Center. 
We will be back to providing more quality public programming as soon as we can all gather together safely again. In the meantime, social distancing has many of us spending more time at home.  Here are a few suggestions to help you pursue your interest in WNY presidential history.
CLICK HERE to check out the "Gallery" and "Richardson Collection" pages on our website

Brady Carlson's "fascinating romp and reflection on the fate of the nation's departed chief executives; humorous, insightful, and admirably well told" (Philip Dray.) Carlson's interest in WNY's presidential legacy matches our own and his research led him to report that Buffalo has the richest presidential history of any city outside of Washington DC.

Nowak explains the many fascinating associations of the city of Buffalo, New York with the American presidency.  From General William Henry Harrison's visit during the War of 1812 to Donald Trump's 2016 campaign foray, this book covers all presidential events in the area...This is an enjoyable read for historians and residents of the area who wish to become more familiarly with their local history and its connection to national politics.
If you want to order either of these books, please sign up with AMAZON SMILE and designate the Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center to receive .05% of the purchase price of your qualified doesn't cost you anything!
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