Niagara Frontier Center Mentor Nancy Mingus Helping to Preserve Western New York
By Jane Cudmore, assistant to the dean, Niagara Frontier Center
May 18, 2012
When a record number of attendees descended on Buffalo for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference, it was in large part due to the efforts of Niagara Frontier Center mentor, Nancy Mingus, at left.
Mingus was one of a core group of preservationists who worked for five years to win the conference for Buffalo, and then worked another four years to plan the event. Mingus developed the proposed field-session list which helped convince the trust that there was plenty to learn about preservation from the Buffalo-Niagara region, and was a key leader on the board of the Preservation Coalition when it merged with the Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier to create Preservation Buffalo Niagara. Mingus also has been on the board of the New York State Barn Coalition since its inception in 1997 and led one of the conference field sessions, “Preserving WNY’s Agricultural Heritage,” which toured a variety of farms in Orleans and Niagara counties.
In addition to teaching a variety of IT-related courses, Mingus teaches project management at NFC and in the M.B.A. program, and teaches architectural history.