Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

  • Amherst, NY
  • www.bnhv.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to preserve and interpret the story of Buffalo Niagara for the people of today and the community of tomorrow.

Main Programs

  1. History Museum & Historic Village
Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Western New York State. Primarily Erie and Niagara Counties.

ruling year

1995

Executive Director since 2014

Self-reported

Mr. Herbert Schmidt III

Keywords

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History Museum and Historic Village

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Also Known As

Amherst Museum

EIN

16-1470517

 Number

6316451226

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

History Museums (A54)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Other Services (D60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

History Museum & Historic Village

Year Round operations of large museum space with 10 major exhibits and 40,000 artifacts.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Males, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

$650,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

New York

Western New York State. Primarily Erie and Niagara Counties.

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Financials

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BUFFALO NIAGARA HERITAGE VILLAGE
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. Herbert Schmidt III

BIO

Born and raised near Buffalo, NY. Attended Paul Smith's College AAS degree in Forest Recreation. SUNY Cortland BSE in Recreation Education. Master of Public Administration from SUNY Brockport.

My non-profit career began after college when I was hired by the Boy Scouts of America in Buffalo as an executive serving youth and the community. I worked my way up to Finance and Marketing Director. My career path then led me to the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as an Environmental Educator. This experience brought out a love for interpreting the world around us through history and nature. I then travelled to another sector in the non-profit world to become a Senior Event Coordinator with the Ride For Roswell, a cycling event for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I am currently Executive Director of Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village which is a History Museum and 35-acre Historic Village with eleven historic buildings, 10 major exhibits and a collection of over 40,000 artifacts.

Activities, awards and achievements: Board Member of the Museum Association of NY, Board Member of the WNY Association of Historic Agencies, Rotary Club Member, Federation of German American Societies of Buffalo trustee, German American Musicians Association member, Eagle Scout - Boy Scouts of America, Crowned Prince of 101st Historic Saranac Lake Winter Carnival, Greater Buffalo-Niagara German American of the Year 2013.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"When you explore Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, you'll travel back to a time when life moved at a gentler pace… when families shared work and played together… when the proud heritage of our region was just beginning. You can experience that heritage as it comes to life on our beautiful 35-acre grounds. Tour historical homes, a rural church and one-room schoolhouses from the Buffalo Niagara region. Interact with costumed interpreters who will graciously welcome you to our quaint Village and show you what life was like in the 19th century. Visit our working blacksmith shop and watch in amazement as members of the New York State Designer Blacksmiths perform daily demonstrations.

Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village was originally established in 1972 as Amherst Museum. As a department of the Town of Amherst, the museum focused on the history of the Town and its impact on the Buffalo Niagara region in the 19th century.

In order to engage a broader audience and highlight the rich heritage of the entire region, Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village became a fully independent 501c3 non-profit organization on January 1, 2011, widening its focus to help visitors of all ages live the history of our region."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Beth Roehling-Flynn

retired

Term: Jan 2016 - Dec 2016

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?