Western New York Heritage

About Us

The mission of the Western New York Heritage is to foster a pride of place through a knowledge and appreciation of the art, architecture and history of Western New York.

We are an IRS 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Donate Now


Sam Filler, Executive Director of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation (center), presents author John Thomas Slater (left) and Executive Director Douglas DeCroix (right) with the Jim Finkle Industry Award for Legends of the Chautauqua-Erie Grape Belt at their 2024 Unity Awards.

Sara Augspurger presents the 2015 Owen B. Augspurger Award to Executive Editor Douglas DeCroix at the Buffalo History Museum's annual Red Jacket Awards Dinner, October 1, 2015.

Executive Editor Douglas DeCroix awarded Excellence in Print Journalism Award at 8th Annual Medaille College Media Awards for his work with WNY Heritage magazine, 2013.

Outgoing editor John Conlin and incoming editor Douglas DeCroix accept award at 2009 Preservation Awards.

AIA Buffalo/Western New York, Community Service Award, 2007.

WNY Heritage Staff

  • Douglas W. DeCroix
    Executive Director

  • Darlene M. Lelonek
    Office Manager

  • Patty Frazier
    Resource Development Manager

  • Lauren Antkowiak
    Digital Media Assistant

Board Officers

  • Edward Bloomberg, President
  • Anne Conable, Vice President
  • NIcholas Knab, Treasurer

Board of Directors

  • Melissa Brinson
  • Christopher Brown
  • Dale Demyanick
  • Donald I. Dussing Jr.
  • Kate Johnson
  • David Rogers
  • Dan Stout