Winter Speaker Series

Our Winter Speaker Series features lectures on a wide variety of Buffalo and WNY topics. Each session will have two or three presenters, and be approximately two hours in length.

All sessions are from 7-9 PM on Thursday evenings at First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo on Symphony Circle.

Click on each session below for more information on the topics and to register.

2020 Winter Speaker Series

Thursday, February 6

  • Edreys Wajed: Check out my Melody
  • Evan Wright (Niagara Falls Underground RR Heritage Center) — Intangible History: Niagara Falls and the Underground Railroad

Thursday, February 20

  • Mary Durlak: The Vanishing Ditch: In Search of the Original Erie Canal
  • Donnie Gibson: 1901 and the Assassination of William McKinley

Thursday, March 12

  • Chris Campbell: The Fight For Women’s Suffrage: Would You Have Fought For Or Against It?
  • Katie Kokolus: Seneca Falls & Women’s Rights
  • Cheryl McDonald: The Real Riveting Rosies

Thursday, March 19

Rescheduled from February 27 due to winter weather.

  • Craig Centrie: From Mandalay to Nickel City and Other Refugee Stories
  • Vince Schiffert: What a Long Strange Trip It’s Been: The Tuscarora Nation’s Journey to WNY

Thursday, March 26

  • Chuck LaChuisa: Revisiting V. Roger Lalli’s 2002 ‘Buffalo My City’ Watercolors
  • Margaret Logan: Exploring Buffalo Murals

Admission Info: 

General Admission per session: $10
Explorer Pass Holders: Free
Educator Discount: Educators, school administrators, & NFCSS members are invited to join us for only $5/evening (50% off the general admission price). Please bring your school ID or proof of NFCSS membership with you to purchase tickets at the door, or contact Mack Barker at to reserve in advance. Discounted rate applicable for up to 2 general admission tickets per ID.

Weather Cancellation Policy

In the event of extreme winter weather that requires us to cancel a session, a cancellation notice will be posted on the website, Facebook, and Twitter by 5 PM. An email will also be sent to all registered participants. A rescheduled date will be announced at a later time.

If there is a driving ban in effect in the City of Buffalo, the session will be automatically cancelled. As winter weather in Western New York often hits certain communities hard while sparing others, we ask you to use your best judgment based on local conditions and not travel if you deem it unsafe to do so. We will transfer your registration to a different date if you are unable to attend a session that does proceed as scheduled due to weather.