Who We Are

Our Mission

The Black Rock Historical Society was established in 2011 to preserve the heritage and history of the neighborhoods and people associated with the area defined as Black Rock in the City of Buffalo. Most easily identified as the current neighborhoods of Black Rock and Grant Amherst the heritage and culture of these communities have been tied together from the beginning, before the City of Buffalo when it was the Village of Black Rock. Telling this story is the culmination of many years of work to define and recognize these long-forgotten neighborhoods. The BRHS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Sponsors & Grantors

Special thanks to our sponsors and grantors for our 2022-2023 projects and events.

  • County of Erie
    • Thank you to Erie County and Legislator Michael Kooshoian for their Cultural Services and Public Benefit Services funding for 2023
  • City of Buffalo
  • Baird Foundation
  • Cullen Foundation
  • Greater Hudson Heritage Network
  • New York State Council on the Art / Museum Association of New York
  • Paul & Hellen Ellis Charitable Trust

An additional thank you to the Riverside Review for publishing original articles in their newsletter.


  • William Butler, President
  • Doreen DeBoth, Museum Curator
  • John Dracup, Treasurer
  • Warren Glover
  • Mary Ann Kedron
  • Mark Peszko, Vice President
  • Suzanne Pilon
  • Rebecca Torres, Secretary
  • Aung Hliang
  • Linda Dynel
  • Mark Houghton


  • Doreen DeBoth
  • Bogdan Fundalinski
  • Scott Glasgow
  • Mary Ann Kedron
  • Joseph Korona
  • Robert Niemiec
  • Mark Peszko