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The Erie Maritime Museum and the U.S. Brig Niagara educate the public regarding the region’s maritime heritage, the War of 1812 in Lake Erie including the building of Oliver Hazard Perry’s fleet, and the experience of the U.S. Brig Niagara under sail. The Erie Maritime Museum and the U.S. Brig Niagara are administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and are actively supported by the FNL.


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Staff & Crew


Erie Maritime Museum

Walter Rybka
Senior Captain U.S. Brig Niagara & Site Administrator | 814.452.2744 ext.203

Ilona Montefiori
Administrative Assistant | 814.452.2744 ext.200

Linda Bolla
Exhibits, Research, & Curatorial | 814.452.2744 ext.219


Flagship Niagara League

Shawn Waskiewicz
Executive Director | 814.452.2744 ext.202

Cristy Cook
Marketing & Special Events Manager | 814.452.2744 ext.226

Marcus Masternak
Member and Donor Services Manager | 814.452.2744 ext.222

Jennifer Snopko
Development Manager | 814.452.2744 ext.223

Ed Tonkin
Museum Volunteer Coordinator | 814.452.2744 ext.209

Jesse Gehrlein
Gift Shop Manager | 814.452.2744 ext.208


U.S. Brig Niagara

Captain William Sabatini | 814.452.2744 ext.218

Joseph Lengieza
Director of Marine Operations | 814.452.2744 ext.214

David Goldman
Chief Mate | 814.452.2744 ext.211

Christopher Cusson
2nd Mate & Volunteer Coordinator | 814.452.2744 ext.210

Adam Stanisz
Carpenter | 814.452.2744 ext.210

Emily Hoffman
Day Sail Coordinator | 814.452.2744 ext.210