Jill M. Gradwell, Ph.D.
History & Social Studies Education
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, N.Y. 14222
Kathryn H. Leacock, M.A., M.L.S.,
Lecturer, Museum Studies
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, N.Y. 14222
Award winning author of the New York Times bestseller, City of Light, a novel based on the events surrounding the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. She holds an M.F.A. from Columbia Univeristy and will serve as a Key Workshop Scholar.
Executive Director of the Buffalo History Museum and noted lecturer on the Pan-American Exposition. Becuase of her unparalleled expertise in the field of Pan-American material culture, she will serve as a Key Workshop Scholar.
College Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at Buffalo State. Dan holds a Masters in Library Science and Archival Certification from the University at Buffalo. He will serve as one of the Workshop Scholars and discuss the role of archival materials in teaching history.
Curator at the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site. Lenora will serve as a Workshop Scholar and not only share some of her original research, which seeks to better understand what the average Pan-Am visitor was thinking, but also her expertise on the events surrounding TR’s 1901 inauguration.
Dr. Mernitz is an Associate Professor of History at SUNY Buffalo State, with specialties in the History of Technology, Environmental History, and modern U.S. history. His publications and numerous papers are in these fields, and he has participated in or received grants, particularly from the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Hagley Museum and Library, and Fulbright Hays.
Dr. Barbara Seals Nevergold is a graduate of Buffalo State College and received a doctorate degree in counseling education from the University at Buffalo. Dr. Nevergold is an educator, who taught in the Buffalo Schools. She also held leadership positions in the Friendship House and Berkshire Farms foster care and adoption agencies and was the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Buffalo and Western New York. As a co-founder of the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research and Education on Women, Inc., Dr. Nevergold has worked to create a model for the reclamation, collection, preservation and dissemination of the biographic histories of African American women.
In addition to being co-author of the book series, Uncrowned Queens: African American women community builders of Western New York and Oklahoma, Dr. Nevergold has authored and co-authored numerous publications. The topics of these publications focus on preserving Western New York history (including the African American experience at the 1901 Pan American Exposition; the Buffalo connection to the Niagara Movement, 1905 and the life of Andrew J. Smitherman, a survivor of the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921), writing and sharing family histories (including her own), and women’s health and social issues.
Dr. Jack Quinan, University at Buffalo Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, studied Art History at Dartmouth College and Brown University where he wrote a dissertation on the Nineteenth century American architect Asher Benjamin. After moving to Buffalo, NY, in 1975 he shifted his interests to the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and to a long term involvement in Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House, of which he is senior curator emeritus and under which restoration is proceeding.
In 1982 Quinan lead a fund raising campaign to purchase the Wright-Martin Papers, possibly the most complete body of archival materials on a major work of architecture in history. In 1984 Quinan convened a conference that led to the formation of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, a national organization based in Chicago. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Martin House Restoration Corporation. Quinan has published extensively on Wright, Asher Benjamin, H.H. Richardson, and the Arts & Crafts Movement.
Robert W. Rydell is Professor of History at Montana State University. He has authored many books and articles on world expos and served as guest curator for Designing Tomorrow, an exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. about America’s world’s fairs during the Great Depression and their impact on modern design.
Wanda Slawinska is the Curator of the Fronczak Room Collections at E H. Butler Library. These collections are the basic resource for Polish-American life on the Niagara Frontier. She has two Master’s Degrees from Syracuse University, one, in Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the other in Library and Information Science. Wanda has given lectures relating to Polish history and culture on such notables as physician and humanitarian, Dr. Francis E. Fronczak; pianist and diplomat, I. J. Paderewski; Shakespearean American actress Mme. Helena Modjeska; coloratura, Marcella Sembrich; king and duke, Stanislas Leszczynski; Polish queen, Bona Sforza; artist Joseph Slawinski; engineers and bridge builders, Ralph Modjeski and Sir Casimir Gzowski, among others.
Some of her publications include: “Fronczak, Francis E.” Entry in Encyclopedia of New York State, The Polonian Legacy of Western New York; Stories and the Lives, accomplishments, and contributions of four prominent Polish-Americans [chapter] “Dr. Francis Eustace Fronczak and Ignacy Jan Paderewski: the Enduring Friendship.”
Nancy Spector has been bringing the visual arts into people’s lives and communities for over 20 years, having spent eighteen years in museum education. In her teaching and art practice, she strives to make interdisciplinary connections that illuminate the complicated problems our planet faces. She hopes that experiencing these connections will make people smile and inspire them to save the world. She holds a BS from Cornell University, a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is currently teaching art while pursuing a New York State K-12 Certification in Biology, Chemistry and Art at SUNY College at Buffalo
Nancy Weekly is the Head of Collections and the Charles Cary Rumsey Curator for the Burchfield Penney Art Center. She also serves as the Burchfield Penney Instructor of Museum Studies for the Department of History and Social Studies Education at SUNY Buffalo State. Since September 1981, Ms. Weekly has organized exhibitions on an extensive array of subjects with a specialization in Western New York artists. She is recognized as the world’s leading expert on Charles E. Burchfield, having organized nationally touring exhibitions of his work with accompanying publications.
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