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Exploring Syracuse: Discover Downtown Walking Tour

Join us to explore and discover the history of some of downtown Syracuse's icon architecture, historic landmarks, and remarkable history as well as highlights of some of the notable rehabilitation and restoration projects along the way. Local history professionals will lead us on a walking tour through urban squares and historic districts to see what makes downtown Syracuse a special place at the crossroads of NYS. Make sure you wear your comfortable walking shoes!

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FRIDAY 9/23

1A | Telling the Rest of the Story: How to Update National Register Nominations

The National Register of Historic Places is “the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.” That definition makes National Register listing sound final, unchangeable, and unerringly correct – but that’s not true. Old nominations may have left out a property’s significant ties to marginalized groups and histories. Old districts may have poor mapping and documentation. Can we fix it? Yes, we can! Has your organization’s interpretation of a historic house changed to include new, more inclusive stories? Join this session to learn more about the process for updating National Register nominations. Please bring your suggestions for possible projects for a discussion at the end of the session. With your help, we can make the National Register better reflect New York’s remarkably diverse history.

Speakers

Jennifer Betsworth is a Historic Preservation Program Analyst in the Survey and National Register Unit at the New York State Historic Preservation Office in Albany. Her territory includes Long Island, Queens, Staten Island, and Columbia County. In this role, she has evaluated buildings for reviews under historic preservation laws, written and shepherded through nominations for traditional and underrepresented resources, and helped advance tax credit applications. She also is active in preservation in the Adirondacks through her work at Camp Santanoni and with Adirondack Architectural Heritage. She has a BA in History and Anthropology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a MA in Public History/Historic Preservation from the University of South Carolina.

Virginia Bartos has been with the New York State Historic Preservation Office for over 20 years. As a member of the Survey & National Register Unit, she currently works with preservation groups, consultants, and property owners in the Finger Lakes region to list properties on the National Register of Historic Places or for tax credit certification. Prior to joining the SHPO, she worked for the Buffalo Historical Museum and the Ontario County Historical Society doing educational program and exhibit planning. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Virginia has a B.A. in history from Cleveland State University, a Masters’ degree in history and museum studies from Case Western Reserve University, and a Ph.D. in U.S. Public History from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

1B | New Life for a Forgotten Theater

Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater dates to 1926, a time when small town theaters were commonplace as the main form of entertainment. Gowanda, NY, located 40 miles south of Buffalo, NY, is home to a Leon H. Lempert & Son theater, originally designed for vaudeville and silent movies, which served the community until 1992 when it was closed and boarded up for 20 years. Gowanda’s small community rallied together to restore the theater for the benefit of the surrounding rural communities. A detailed Existing Conditions Assessment completed by Flynn Battaglia Architects revealed the financial impact of restoring the building’s historic details, updating original building systems, and completing alterations to meet building code compliance. A multi-phased restoration project approach implemented over a 20-year period resulted in new life for a neglected theater as a regional arts center in the Southern Tier region of New York.

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Nancy Redeye is a Senior Project Manager with over 30 years’ experience with Flynn Battaglia Architects, restoring historic buildings for commercial, educational and community reuse.  Along with the Hollywood theater, she has assisted other clients with building projects including the Irish Classical Theater, The Allendale Theater, The North Park Theater and the Sattler Theater, all in Buffalo, NY.

Mark Burr is the President of the Historic Hollywood Theater with decades of experience in the construction industry.  A licensed civil engineer by trade, he lives in the Gowanda community and has guided the restoration of the theater from 2008 to present day as a devoted volunteer and organizer.

1C | The Foundations of a Strong Digital Community: Social Media Audience Building and Best Practices

In an increasingly digital landscape, social media as a tool for community building and driving calls to action is increasingly important, if not essential. This talk delves into the basics of establishing a strong digital community, from content creation to building followership and motivating audiences to take action online. During this presentation, Paige will cover the building blocks of a strong social presence – from creating and sourcing content to successfully managing digital communities. Often in museums, historic sites, landmark sites, etc., there isn’t a dedicated individual who can devote all of their time to social media. The talk will cover where to source your content and how to make the most of it, and how to empower digital audiences to take action and spread your messaging. It will also cover the basics of when to post and how often, crafting platform-specific content, tactics for audience growth, and more.

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Paige Engard is the Director of Communications at Genesee Country Village & Museum in Rochester, NY. Paige has a Master’s Degree in American History from The College at Brockport, and has spent the last 10+ years in the field of non-profit marketing and social media. Prior to her current role, Paige has worked in social media and marketing at The Adirondack Museum, and Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester. In her current role at Genesee Country Village & Museum, NY State’s largest living history museum, Paige directs and informs the organizations’ communication strategy.

1D | Shifting Landscapes at the Roosevelt National Historic Sites: Three Decades of Preservation Planning and Education

Cultural landscapes have become widely recognized in historic preservation planning, but they require methods that differ from buildings. The evolution of these methods over the past three decades is reflected in the landscape preservation work at the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt national historic sites in Hyde Park. The Roosevelt landscapes include a variety of types, from designed grounds and gardens to farm fields, woods, and forest plantations. The session will provide an overview of ESF’s research projects in landscape history, inventory and evaluation, treatment planning, forest management, and digital modeling. These projects have educated future landscape stewards and provided the National Park Service with critical baseline documentation, best practices, and innovative techniques for preserving and enhancing the historic character of its nationally significant cultural landscapes.

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John Auwaerter is Co-Director of the ESF Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation and an Instructor in the Department of Landscape Architecture. He also has a partner position as a Historical Landscape Architect with the National Park Service’s Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. Over the past two decades, John has worked with students on the development of numerous cultural landscape preservation planning projects at national park sites. John has a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from SUNY ESF, a MA in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University, and a BA in History and German from Middlebury College.

George W. Curry is Co-Director of the ESF Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation and has taught in the Department of Landscape Architecture for over forty years, focusing on urban design and cultural landscape preservation. In 1991, he established a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service (NPS) to undertake cultural landscape preservation research. Over the past three decades, this agreement has provided many opportunities for students to study the preservation of nationally significant landscapes and work with the NPS Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. George received a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Illinois, and a BS in Landscape Architecture and a BA in Economics from Michigan State University.

Sara Constantineau is a graduate student at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry pursuing a Master of Landscape Architecture degree. She studies how digital tools can be used to create new understandings of place and landscape. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Northeastern University.

2A Telling the Rest of the Story: How to Research Marginalized Histories

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Dr. Georgette Grier-Key is the Executive Director of Eastville Community Historical Society. Georgette is a National Trust for Historic Preservation Diversity Scholar and an Arcus Fellow. Ms. Grier-Key is the President of the Long Island Historical Societies, under her leadership the organization has expanded its geographic territory from Montauk to Brooklyn. As a founding member and lead organizer of the Pyrrhus Concer Action Committee her continued work led to the purchasing of the Concer home lot. She has worked on preserving various historic structures on Long Island, such as the Fowler House with East Hampton Town. Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest, Ninevah and Subdivisions (SANS) in Sag Harbor recently achieved national and state historic designations to which she served as the lead advisor.

2B | Condemnation to Preservation - The UPH Story

Located in Saratoga Springs, Universal Preservation Hall (UPH) was designed in 1871 as a Methodist church. Historical figures such as William Jennings Bryan, Theodore Roosevelt, and Frederick Douglas gave speeches here. By the 1970s, the congregation had dwindled as many congregants moved away. They sold to a small Baptist congregation, but by 2000 the building was condemned. Preservationists stepped in to form a partnership with the church. The economy of Saratoga Springs had improved since the 1970s, and the building was stabilized to become a performance venue. That partnership saved the building. The Great Recession halted fundraising and further renovation. In 2015, the economic landscape had shifted again and UPH joined the Proctors Collaborative. After five years of planning and construction, UPH opened as a performance venue two weeks before the pandemic. Today, UPH is open again. This is the story of that journey.

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As a nationally recognized expert in Historic Preservation, Mr. Thaler has been responsible for the renovation and restoration of some of our nation’s most significant landmarks, including buildings at Ellis Island, Valley Forge, the Washington State Capitol, and numerous colleges and universities across the country. He has written and lectured widely on many of the challenges which are encountered in their rehabilitation and his design solutions have been recognized with over two dozen design awards including an Honor Award from the national AIA, our profession’s highest honor. His collaborative working style enables holistic solutions that incorporate the best of what our past has to offer with what we dream for our future.

Teddy is the Director at Universal Preservation Hall (UPH). She joined UPH as a member of the Board of Trustees in September, 2006. In 2009, she was elected President and remained in that position until July, 2015.

In 2015, she formalized a partnership with Proctors Collaborative to bring UPH into their business plan as an affiliate. To further this mission, Teddy was hired by Proctors as Campaign Director for UPH and led the $14 million capital campaign needed to complete the restoration. UPH’s Grand Opening was in February, 2020.

Teddy has been honored as one of Saratoga Today’s Women of Influence; and as one of the Saratoga Twenty by Saratoga Living Magazine.

2C | When Bricks & Mortar Aren’t Enough

The East Harlem South/El Barrio Reconnaissance Level Survey is the first comprehensive historic/cultural resources survey in this part of East Harlem/El Barrio. In an area with few designated/listed landmarks and no historic districts, this survey prioritized social history, cultural impact, and place-based heritage. The neighborhood’s rich history has long been recognized; it may become the first official “Cultural District” in NYS under legislation introduced by Assemblymember Eddie Gibbs. With large-scale capital projects like the Second Avenue Subway taking place in the area, upzoning and redevelopment opportunities should prioritize cultural and historical preservation strategies that protect a neighborhood’s character. In this session, we will discuss the bricks and mortar of intersectional preservation best practices, cultural lessons learned, and opportunities for expanding this work to similar communities statewide.

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Chris Cirillo is the Executive Director/President of Ascendant Neighborhood Development Corporation in East Harlem. Ascendant has preserved and developed over 800 affordable rental apartments with an additional 550+ in its pipeline. It has also expanded to include neighborhood planning, historic preservation and asset management. Chris has held positions at The Richman Group Development Corporation and at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development. Chris graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Urban Studies and Pratt Institute with an M.S. in Historic Preservation. He now teaches in the Historic Preservation and Real Estate Practice programs at Pratt. Chris is on the Board of Friends of La Marqueta and is a Vice President of the Board of the Historic Districts Council.

2D | Taking Action on Climate Change: Enhancing Resiliency in the Built Environment

When we think of communities impacted by climate change, many of us think of Miami and New Orleans. Until recently, it was easy enough for New Yorkers living outside New York City to think that climate change wouldn’t impact them or the built environment in their town, village, or city. However, several recent weather events, including Hurricane Sandy, made it clear that we too are at risk and must be prepared to address the impacts that climate change will have on our communities’ historic resources. In this session, panelists will present case studies showing how homes impacted by natural disasters were adapted to become more resilient.

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2E | Behind the Scenes: A Tour of the Landmark Theatre

Pre-registration required.Tour will depart from Main Lobby at 11:15 AM. Built in 1928 and designed by architect Thomas Lamb, the Landmark Theatre is downtown Syracuse’s last surviving movie palace, designed in what Lamb referred to as the “European Byzantine Romanesque” style. By the 1960s, the theater had fallen into disrepair and was experiencing poor attendance. To save and preserve it, a group of citizens formed the Syracuse Area Landmark Theatre, or SALT, in 1976. Over the last 20 years, the theatre has undergone several extensive restoration projects. In 2000, Holmes, King, Kallquist & Associates managed the restoration of all of the theatre’s lobby walls and ceilings. In 2011, a $16 million stagehouse expansion project was completed, which included the demolition of the original stage house and dressing rooms, expansion of the stage, two stories of dressing rooms, chorus rooms, green room, offices and production support spaces, and related mechanical and electrical improvements. In the last several years, the theatre has replaced the original seating with more spacious seats, reusing original decorative side stanchions and armrests. In addition, the 1950s marquee has been replaced with a digital reinterpretation of the original 1928 marquee. Follow the theatre's project architect on an insider's tour of this 1920s gem.

Speakers

James F. Williams, AIA, LEED AP received his architectural education at Syracuse University, and has worked as an architect in CNY for over forty years, over twenty of them with Holmes•King•Kallquist & Associates.  His areas of expertise include historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and hospitality.  His most notable recent projects include the restoration of the Hotel Syracuse.  In addition, he taught for over ten years as an adjunct instructor at Syracuse University, and has served the CNY community with various organizations for over thirty years, most notably the Central New York chapter of the AIA and the Landmark Theater, where his involvement began over forty years ago.  He also owned and restored a Ward Wellington Ward bungalow in the University neighborhood.

3A | Bad Preservation: When Good Intentions Become NIMBY Nonsense

Historic preservation has an image problem. While tales of the power of preservation organizations and regulations are greatly exaggerated, that does not stop bad actors from attempting to co-opt preservation organizations as glorified homeowners associations and using preservation regulations to hinder necessary development in their neighborhoods. These actions rarely reflect the priorities and goals of preservationists, but somehow still define the field in the public imagination. What can preservationists do to change this perception? How can the field illustrate its commitment to housing equity and sustainability through utilizing our historic building stock? This session will consist of a presentation of common misconceptions and misuses of preservation followed by a working group discussion to brainstorm actionable ideas to change the perception of historic preservation to create a more just world.

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Anna Marcum is an independent architectural historian and preservationist based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a Master of Preservation Studies from the Tulane School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Barnard College of Columbia University. Anna Marcum has worked with the Vieux Carré Commission and Historic New England while also pursuing independent historic preservation projects in Los Angeles, CA, Houston, TX, Hammond, LA, and Foley, AL. Marcum presented her research about innovative site interpretation methods for New Orleans’ Canal Street at the 2019 Society of Architectural Historians Conference. She regularly contributes to Atomic Ranch and The Architect’s Newspaper. Marcum is currently the Director of Research and Preservation at Village Preservation.

Taylor Kabeary developed her passion for historic preservation and social justice advocacy working in Student Affairs at higher education institutions. Her thesis work and internships (at Prudon & Partners, the Municipal Arts Society, and Green-Wood Cemetery) have ranged from the identification of white supremacy in preservation, the preservation of historically black/latinx neighborhoods, the impact of zoning proposals in new york, and educating high school students on conservation practices. She began Side B, a historic preservation project about the intangible and tangible heritage of marginalized communities, with Eduardo Ruas in Spring 2020.

Eduardo Duarte Ruas is a Brazilian architect and urban planner drawing from cultural geography to dismantle colonial approaches to historic preservation. Since the beginning of his career as an architect, Eduardo has dedicated himself to the landscape’s social analysis. His holistic approach has allowed him to publish articles and present lectures in Brazil and internationally. Eduardo joined Taylor in creating Side B, intending to promote academic research combining creativity with activism on social issues surrounding historic preservation, urban spaces, and urban design.

3B | What’s Up with Ward?

Our “Ward” panelists will provide insight on the latest Ward Wellington Ward restoration projects and historic resource surveys. As Upstate New York’s quintessential Arts & Crafts Movement architect, Ward designed over 120 homes in a variety of styles and utilized fine craftsman including Henry Keck and Henry Mercer to complement his designs. Architect Jamie Williams will review plans at the fabulous 1923 “WWW” designed Estabrook Conservancy in Fayetteville which will serve as a private residence, bed-and-breakfast, and event center. Curator Bob Searing will provide an overview of the Ward architectural collection at the Onondaga Historical Association. Newlyweds Erin & Luke Harrington will delight us with tales and tribulations of restoring their tiny 1915 Ward bungalow. Architect Christopher Brandt and historian Sam Gruber will share updates from Syracuse and Rochester on efforts to further document WWW’s houses and structures.

Speakers

James F. Williams, AIA, LEED AP received his architectural education at Syracuse University, and has worked as an architect in CNY for over forty years, over twenty of them with Holmes•King•Kallquist & Associates.  His areas of expertise include historic preservation, adaptive reuse, and hospitality.  His most notable recent projects include the restoration of the Hotel Syracuse.  In addition, he taught for over ten years as an adjunct instructor at Syracuse University, and has served the CNY community with various organizations for over thirty years, most notably the Central New York chapter of the AIA and the Landmark Theater, where his involvement began over forty years ago.  He also owned and restored a Ward Wellington Ward bungalow in the University neighborhood.

Robert Searing is the Curator of History at the Onondaga Historical Association.  In addition to his duties as Curator, which include exhibit creation, publishing articles for a variety of media outlets, presentations, and regular radio and television appearances, he also writes a weekly column for the Syracuse Post Standard. Bob graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton University with a B.A. in history, Phi Beta Kappa and received an M.A. and M.Phil. in American History from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, where he specialized in Early American History.  During his tenure as curator, OHA developed and opened the Regional Aviation History Museum at Hancock International Airport and the Brewseum at Heritage Hill Brewhouse.

In 2019 newlyweds Erin & Luke purchased the Ward Wellington Ward designed Zeigler House on Oak Street in Syracuse and have been painstakingly restoring the tiny “Ward” throughout the pandemic.  As neophyte “old” house people Erin & Luke enjoy learning from other Arts & Crafts enthusiasts and experts and have built a large following of Instagram restorations friends who enjoy watching their efforts to respectfully restore their bungalow. Follow them on Instagram at @erinlindemann & @lukeylooo

Christopher Brandt, a Project Architect with Bero Architecture, is experienced in multiple facets of historic preservation practice including design, construction administration, building evaluation, research, and advocacy. He received a BS in Architectur

Samuel D. Gruber, is an architectural historian and founder of Gruber Heritage Global, a cultural resources consulting firm. Gruber serves as consultant to numerous organizations, institutions, private foundations, government agencies and individuals. As

3C | Preservation & Neighborhood Stabilization

In many New York State post-industrial cities, the concentration of vacancies and building shells often overlap with the city’s lowest income levels and highest crime rates, creating challenges for rehabilitation efforts and ongoing maintenance. Many of these buildings are historic — either located in historic districts or eligible for the National Register. This session looks at small but proactive ways the community can work together in partnership with the municipality to preserve these historic building assets and, in doing so, stabilize the neighborhood. The session highlights the role of Neighborhood Stabilization Coordinators as preservationists.

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Preservationist Liz McEnaney is a co-founder of the Hudson Valley Collaborative, a design collaborative that creates research, design, planning and preservation projects in collaboration with communities in the Hudson Valley region and beyond. Previously she was Executive Director of the SS Columbia Project, which is re-activating a National Historic Landmark steamboat as a floating arts and culture venue. She began her work in the Hudson Valley by partnering with a coalition of nonprofits to organize community workshops aboard an historic barge, produce a documentary film about planning issues, and spearhead dock-building initiatives along the Hudson River.

Urban planner Naomi Hersson-Ringskog co-founded No Longer Empty, an organization that repurposed vacant buildings with large, creative, interim art exhibitions in NYC. In 2017, Naomi moved to Newburgh and founded Dept of Small Interventions to launch place-based planning and design work that focuses on the built environment, community engagement, and creative placemaking. Notable projects include Urban Archive-Newburgh, Frederick Douglass 150th Anniversary, 2020 Newburgh Arts & Cultural Study, and the implementation of ArtBridge/ArtePuente in 2022.

Samuel Wells is the Neighborhood Stabilization Coordinator for the City of Albany. He leads City efforts to track the number of vacant buildings with a focus on coordinating efforts to return these buildings back to productive use, and to eliminate blight more generally across the City. He led the City team that secured $1.25 million in grant funding from the NYS Attorney General’s Office for over a dozen blight elimination and prevention programs in the City of Albany in 2019 & 2020. More recently, he is leading the team that secured and is implementing the Love Your Block grant from Cities of Service. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Albany County Land Bank. He holds a MS in Urban & Regional Planning and BA in Environmental Design and Political Science from SUNY Buffalo.

Nick Edward is the Neighborhood Stabilization Coordinator for the City of Newburgh. He is continuing the development of the vacant and rental registries, documenting efficient property information and working Zombie/foreclosure properties. His aim is to d

3D | Preserving Little Manila: Diaspora, Care, and Creative Placekeeping

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4A | Beyond Buildings: The Power of Storytelling & Preserving Intangible Heritage

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Vanessa Johnson is a Griot, a Storyteller in the West African Tradition.  She is a Writer, a Playwright, an Actor, a Fiber Artist, Museum Consultant, Community Activist, Community Researcher, Teaching Artist, and directs her storytelling band “Mate Masie” (ma-tee ma-say).

She served on the Juneteenth Committee and Coordinated the annual festival at the Southwest Center in Syracuse, NY for three years, creating and directing the “Juneteenth Interactive Museum” for 5 years.  Vanessa was the co-coordinator of the New York State Fair Pan African Village for nine years, founding and implementing the “Harambee Youth Tent” which offered art and cultural experiences for youth and adults. She founded “Syracuse Africa Bound” in 1989 offering youth 10-18 travel and cultural exploration in Ghana, West Africa. Vanessa was the Director of Education for the Onondaga Historical Association for four 1/2 years, using her storytelling talents to tell the history of Onondaga County at the museum, schools, and community presentations throughout New York State.

As a visual artist, her first solo quilt show, ‘Unwrapping Vanessa”, was exhibited at Syracuse’s ArtRage Gallery in 2017. In February/March she curated her first exhibition “The Struggle to Connect”, a visual conversation between women of color and women of european descent about race in America. This summer her fiber arts show “In the Voice of God – The Spirituality of Harriet Tubman was on exhibit at the Schweinfurth Art Center and at the Cayuga Museum in Auburn NY.  Ms. Johnson’s play “Doors” was produced in May 2014, by the Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company of Syracuse.  She has written, directed, and produced children’s plays for the Onondaga Historical Association’s “History Drama Troupe in Syracuse, NY and for several after school drama programs.  During the 2021-22 school year, Vanessa created“The Griot Guides” program at Syracuse University’s Community Folk Art Gallery, teaching African-American history through storytelling, art, and literature.

At present, Johnson is the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation  women’s rights center’s Artist in Residence. As a consultant for the museum’, she designed the  Underground Railroad Room, and was trained in Dialogue Facilitation for the museum’s Community Dialogue Program on Reproductive Rights (“Who Chooses?”).  In 2012-13 Ms. Johnson was the Gage Foundation Community Liaison for their Girl’s Ambassadors for Human Rights Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscious, between the United States (Syracuse), Chili, and Sri Lanka.  She directed the program from 2016-2021. Ms. Johnson’s one woman shows include her portrayals of Fannie Lou Hamer, Audrey Lourde, and Julia Cooper. She is developing two new shows for her residency at the Gage Foundationwhere she will portray Shirley Chisolm and Ida B. Wells.

4B | Preserving Great Camp Santanoni: Past, Present, & Future

Albany’s wealthy Pruyn family built Camp Santanoni in the early 1890s, after amassing nearly 13,000 acres of land in the town of Newcomb. In 1972, NYS acquired the property from the Nature Conservancy, for inclusion in the Adirondack Forest Preserve, which for many meant the demolition of all buildings. Preservation advocates created Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) to save & preserve Camp Santanoni for public interpretation. AARCH worked alongside the Town of Newcomb, Preservation League of NYS, & others to advocate for this vision, which won agreement from NYS in 1991. In 2000, Camp Santanoni became a National Historic Landmark & NYS created the 32-acre Santanoni Historic Area. Now, AARCH, DEC, & the Town of Newcomb serve as partners in the restoration, maintenance, & interpretation of the site. This session will review past preservation efforts, describe efforts to support site accessibility, & offer a vision for the future.

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Erin Tobin joined Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) as Executive Director in 2021. At AARCH, Erin advances the organization’s strategic goals, serving as the organization’s chief operating and finance officer, as well as its primary spokesperson. Erin serves as the primary contact for special projects & preservation advocacy efforts, while overseeing the organization’s robust preservation services and educational programs. Prior to AARCH, Erin served as the Preservation League’s Vice President for Policy and Preservation, where she worked from 2007 to 2021. Erin Tobin has also held positions with the Massachusetts Historical Commission, New York Landmarks Conservancy, and Historic Albany Foundation.

Jennifer Betsworth is the Camp Santanoni Interpretive Coordinator. In this part-time position, she develops and carries out programming, trains and supports staff, and works on additional projects in coordination with the Santanoni Partners. She serves on Adirondack Architectural Heritage’s Advisory Council. Jennifer’s primary role is in Survey and National Register Unit at the New York SHPO, where she has evaluated buildings for review under historic preservation law, written and shepherded nominations for traditional and underrepresented resources, and helped advance tax credit applications. She has a BA in History and Anthropology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a MA in Public History/Historic Preservation from the University of South Carolina.

4C | Barn Preservation and the New York State Historic Tax Credit Program

This session will provide an overview of the New York State Historic Tax Credit Program for Barns, an incentive that was signed into law in late 2021 to revive a similar program that had been severely limited due to complications from federal tax reform in 2017. Two barn preservation case studies will be presented as well, including a discussion on the current state of NYS barns, obstacles to their preservation, and efforts underway to raise awareness and save New York's rapidly disappearing agricultural heritage.

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Janna Rudler is the Grants and Technical Services Manager at the Preservation League of New York State, the statewide non-profit for historic preservation. She advises non-profits and municipalities in achieving their preservation goals, offers technical support and referrals to all who seek assistance in their preservation efforts, and oversees the League’s grant programs. Janna holds a BA in Archaeology from Binghamton University and a Master of Arts in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

Eric Teed is a photographer and writer in New Russia NY. He worked as a helper with timber-framer Jack Van Wie to restore his 1800s barn in 2020 and a sister barn in the same town in 2021. He documented both projects in photos and wrote an article about the restorations for Adirondack Explorer. He will show photos, bring an owner’s perspective, and talk about the joy and pride he found in barn restoration.

Olivia Brazee is a Historic Site Restoration Coordinator at the Division for Historic Preservation of the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (aka the State Historic Preservation Office). She conducts project reviews under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 14.09/the NY State Historic Preservation Act, and reviews applications for the federal Historic Tax Credit program for commercial properties- her territory of review is New York City. She is also Program Administrator for the Barn Tax Credit program. Olivia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Latin American Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University, and worked at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission prior to coming to SHPO.

4D | Saving Historic Hudson Valley Truss Bridges

According to the Historic Bridge Foundation, our nation is rapidly losing the engineering legacy of historic bridges and Pony truss bridges are particularly at risk of demolition. Our initiative is working to save a collection of abandoned, deteriorating historic truss bridges in parks along the Hudson River. One bridge leads to The Point/Hoyt House, a site on the National Register of Historic Places. Saving these bridges demonstrates that preservation is much richer than architecture alone and can reach more diverse audiences. Restoring a truss bridge can also enable personal journeys through community history; provide access to open space; help prevent the loss of our national engineering legacy and interpret early 20th-century engineering technology; appeal to diverse stakeholders and even reduce risk to the traveling public. This session will describe our initiative and its anticipated benefits in an engaging, eye-opening way.

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Jeffrey Anzevino, AICP is Scenic Hudson’s Director of Land Use Advocacy. A planner with 33 years of experience, the last 30 of which serving Hudson Valley communities on behalf of Scenic Hudson, Jeff provides technical assistance to communities developing plans, creating trails, and ensuring that development meets the needs of the community. He is co-editor of Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts and project manager of Scenic Hudson’s river access initiative, which includes the Hudson River Access Plan: Poughkeepsie to Rensselaer and Historic Truss Bridge Cultural Resource Survey. He is also an adjunct instructor at Marist College teaching Environmental Planning.

Peter is the Owner of Peter Melewski, LLC, which provides visionary transportation and planning advisory services to public, private and not-for-profit clients. Peter is a professional engineer and a Fellow with the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has 40 years of experience (24 public sector and 16 private sector).  Peter received the Greene County Planning Achievement Award for the creation of the New Baltimore National Historic District. He was the Consultant Project Manager for the acclaimed Walkway Over the Hudson – converting the historic 1.25 mile long RR truss bridge into a State Park; and Consultant Project Manager for the 2021 CRS to document and save 12 unique steel truss bridges. He was lead author of the bridge chapter for the 2022 ASCE NYS Infrastructure Report Card.

A lifelong preservationist, Kathryn McCullough first worked in preservation gathering research to nominate Madison, IN as a National Main Street pilot program in 1974. In 1981, she nominated the first private home in Indiana to be named to the National Register of Historic Places. “Kitty” has served as Executive Director of Manitoga, Development Director of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Capital Giving Manger at Scenic Hudson. She also served as Interim Director of the Woodstock/Byrdcliffe Guild and recently founded Kingston Preservation Inc. to save from demolition an 18th-century stone house and two early 19th-century D&H Canal-era homes. She serves on the Board of Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance, where she works to restore The Point in Staatsburg, NY, designed by Vaux in 1855.

Dan currently chairs the Department Advisory Board for the University at Buffalo Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering Department and has enjoyed a long career in transportation infrastructure.  He has served as Director of Design and Deputy Chief Engineer for the NYS Department of Transportation and later joined Applied Research Associates Transportation Infrastructure Division as a Principal Civil Engineer, focusing on innovation deployment, risk management, project management, and alternative contracting methods. He has also served as project manager on several national FHWA projects, including the Bridge Preservation Guide, and Bridge Bundling Guidebook. Dan has a BS in Civil Engineering from the University at Buffalo, and an MBA from Norwich University. 

Interview with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

Author, Braiding Sweetgrass

Dr. Kimmerer will be interviewed by Ansley Jemison, Cultural Liaison at Ganondagan State Historic Site through the Natural Heritage Trust of New York State. Ansley is a member of the Seneca Nation Wolf Clan from the Seneca Allegany territory of Western New York. Book signing to follow Keynote.

robin wall kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing, and her other work has appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She tours widely and has been featured on NPR’s On Being with Krista Tippett and in 2015 addressed the general assembly of the United Nations on the topic of “Healing Our Relationship with Nature.” Kimmerer lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.

As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She holds a BS in Botany from SUNY ESF, an MS and PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.

saturday 9/24

Field A | West Onondaga Rising

West Onondaga St. is lined with Italianate and Queen Anne style mansions designed by Syracuse’s most prominent architects. Today businesses, homeowners, and agencies are repurposing historic buildings that have survived decades of decline. The Street connects downtown to Onondaga Park, one of Olmsted’s legacy parks, with stunning views of Syracuse. It forms the border between an African American neighborhood to the South and Latino community to the west. In recent years, pioneers, and homesteaders from all over have moved into West Onondaga’s mansions. A luxury spa, a coffee house, a bank branch, and a brew pub have either opened or soon will break ground – each taking a vacant architectural treasure and giving it new life. Many mixed income homes and apartments have also been built or renovated in the district, as a hedge against gentrification. West Onondaga demonstrates how preservation and social justice can go hand in hand.

[1.25 AICP CM; 1 AIA LU]

Speakers

Neighborhood activist for 15 years, organizer. Massage therapist and developer of the Spa at 500, housed in an 1886 mansion that was once a funeral home

Calvin grew up near West Onondaga, has been a community leader in education and housing. He led the effort to open a Pathfinder Bank branch in a vacant mansion on West Onondaga Street.

Kristin purchased a burned out mansion once owned by the Tiffany family and is meticulously restoring it.

Field B | A Tour of Historic Oakwood Cemetery

This tour is being organized by the Historic Oakwood Cemetery Preservation Association (HOCPA). HOCPA was founded to preserve, promote and protect Oakwood Cemetery, its abundant natural resources, its rich cultural and historic heritage, and to aid in maintaining and restoring the buildings, statuary, monuments, and grounds. Oakwood Cemetery was established in 1859, was designed by Howard Daniels and consists of 160 acres. The cemetery is a picturesque landscape filled with art, architecture and 1/7 of the entire tree canopy of Syracuse. HOCPA invites you on a 1.5 hour tour/walk to hear about the challenges and opportunities the cemetery faces. Attendees will hear from Board President, Rick Naylor, historian and Board Member, Sue Greenhagen, and Board Member and Landscape Preservationist, John Auwaerter.

Speakers

Rick is a native Syracusan and lives in the Bradford Hills/Nottingham neighborhood with his wife Diane and teenage twin girls. He has always been a huge fan of old cemeteries, gravestone carvings, mausoleum architecture, history and collects lanterns, old railroad and nautical stuff. He can be often found in Oakwood enjoying a peaceful walk or working hard to keep up with the “Crypt Keepers” and Karl on cemetery projects. Rick has spent over 30 years as an Insurance and Financial Advisor in private practice and lastly in a corporate planning position.  He now owns an education consulting business based in the insurance industry. He’s has served many years on different boards and enjoys event planning, fundraising and membership.

Sue received her BA from Mount St. Mary College, MA at St. Bonaventure University, and MLS at Syracuse University. She worked as a Librarian at SUNY Morrisville and is now retired. She is the Historian of the Village of Morrisville and Co-Historian in the Town of Eaton. Sue is a member of Morrisville Historic Preservation Commission Board of Directors, Morrisville Rural Cemetery, Association of Public Historians of New York State, Onondaga County Civil War Round Table, and Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

John has been a member of HOCPA since shortly after moving to Syracuse in 1997. John is a Co-Director of ESF’s Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation, leads the Center’s work developing preservation plans for the National Park Service, and serves as an advisor to the ESF Friends of Oakwood student group. He has degrees in history, historic preservation planning, and landscape architecture.

Field C | Stickley Style: Syracuse & The American Arts & Crafts Movement

Join us to learn about early 20th century designer Gustav Stickley and his influence on the Arts & Crafts Movement. We’ll begin at Dalton's American Decorative Arts in the Eastwood neighborhood of Syracuse to explore and admire the museum-quality Gustav Stickley original furniture and Arts & Crafts era furnishings with nationally renowned Gustav Stickley experts and our hosts David Rudd and Debbie Goldwein. We will then head to the historic home of Gustav Stickley in the Westcott neighborhood. The Stickley residence on Columbus Avenue is regarded as the first fully designed Craftsman style residential interior in the United States and much of Stickley’s iconic interior design remains intact. Participants will be given a behind-the-scenes tour detailing the next steps as the not-for-profit Gustav Stickley House Foundation, Inc. and their community partners prepare to embark on a comprehensive "Phase 2" interior restoration project.

Speakers

Beth has been a Designer and Project Manager with Crawford & Stearns since 1983.  She has participated in the preservation, rehabilitation, and adaptive use of hundreds of buildings across New York State. As Project Manager for Crawford & Stearns Beth has worked on the Stickley House project for over 10 years including multiple grants applications, planning, documentation, extensive research, restoration, and design.  Beth is an active volunteer with area preservation groups and has served previously as VP of the Preservation Association of Central New York and is currently VP of the Arts & Crafts Society of Central New York.

Amy Shook-Perez is Secretary of the Gustav Stickley House Foundation. A community volunteer and preservation advocate, Ms. Perez was a museum educator specializing in historic house/historic site interpretation and volunteer management for over 15 years in Florida, Virginia, and California. She has additional professional experience in business administration, operations support and risk management. She holds degrees in anthropology and museum education including a master’s degree from George Washington University. As part of the Foundation, she has served as Chair of the Grants Committee and helped coordinate fundraising events.

Sarah is a great granddaughter of Gustav Stickley.  She recently retired from her long time position as Marketing Director of Mid-Lakes Navigation Co., the tourboat business founded in 1968 by her father, Peter Wiles, son of Stickley’s daughter Barbara.  Sarah has served on the boards of many community and tourism-based organizations such as the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce and CanalNY.  Sarah was instrumental in the founding of the Gustav Stickley House Foundation, Inc. and currently serves as Vice President of the board. Sarah’s leisure pursuits include social and competitive ballroom dance and ballroom competition dressmaking and design.  She also enjoys seasonal work in the fields of Doce Lume Farm, an organic produce and native perennial grower in Skaneateles.

David is the founder and co-owner, with his wife Debbie Goldwein, of Dalton’s American Decorative Arts in Syracuse, NY. Founded in 1980, Dalton’s has established itself as an unparalleled resource for original Arts and Crafts furnishings and decorative ac