A message from The Landmark Society
Given the upcoming holiday season, I thought it only appropriate to consider how thankful The Landmark Society is for the support of our members, donors and volunteers. We truly have much to be thankful for as we approach the end of 2014.
- Seventy-seven years of actively working to make Rochester and western New York a great place.
- A talented, passionate and professional staff that is dedicated to our mission.
- From committees to our Board of Trustees, we have strong leadership that is vital to a healthy organization.
- Over 2,000 loyal and diverse members.
- A donor base that recognizes the essence of preservation – how preserving our unique and valued heritage improves lives, revitalizes neighborhoods and grows economies. Simply put, preservation strengthens communities.
- Volunteers who have made our programs and events engaging and well-attended.
- A community and region with a growing ethic for historic preservation.
Most of all, we are all thankful for YOU – our dedicated supporters. Without your involvement and financial support, we are simply not able to serve the needs of the region.
Submit your session proposals for the 2015 NY Statewide Preservation Conference
The New York Statewide Preservation Conference is set for April 16-18, 2015 in the lakeside city of Geneva. This year’s theme, The Art of Preservation: Painting Your Community’s Future, is partially inspired by our Conference headquarters—the restored Smith Opera House. But this year’s theme goes beyond the arts—historic preservation is an art form unto itself. Each building, each landscape, each community that we seek to revive requires a unique approach involving partnerships, funding sources and creative problem-solving. And, of course, the buildings, structures and landscapes that we seek to preserve are all works of art in and of themselves.
We want to hear how you and your community have adopted the art of preservation. Session proposals on a wide variety of preservation and community revitalization related topics are welcome, including but not limited to: maintaining historic buildings; historic landscapes; economic development; Main Street revitalization; heritage tourism; community activism; planning; building reuse case studies, etc. All proposals are due by Tuesday, January 6th at 11:59 PM.
ROC the Day with us on 12.02.14!
On December 2nd, our community will come together to ROC the Day, and we at The Landmark Society hope to make the day a huge success–for our organization and for the communities we serve. ROC the Day is a 24-hour giving opportunity to support all eligible not-for-profits in the nine-county Greater Rochester area. This year, we are directing all funds raised during this special day of giving to our Preservation Grant Fund program. Begun in 2012, this crucial program provides grants to municipalities, not-for-profits, community organizations, and potential developers to help get rehab projects off the ground.
Preservation Grant Fund: Application deadline 01.09.14
We are now accepting applications for the second round of funding for our Preservation Grant Fund program. Applications will be due by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 9, 2015. The Preservation Grant Fund provides initial “start-up” funding to assist in saving historic resources. The grant will not pay for any “bricks and mortar” work. Only pre-construction services are eligible for funding. Specific use of funds is flexible. Examples of eligible projects include: code compliance studies, construction estimates, visual project renderings, measured drawings, cost comparisons.
(Stay tuned–we’ll be announcing our first round of grant recipients soon!)