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It's Preservation Month!

Each year, preservationists around the country celebrate the places, people, and projects that have shaped our communities and that provide us all with a tangible connection to our past. Even though we may not be able to get together in person to take a walking tour or visit our favorite historic site, we can still celebrate the places that matter to us. Throughout the month, we’ll be partnering with our Young Urban Preservationists (YUPs) to share some fun and educational resources that you can use (while social distancing) to celebrate Preservation Month. Follow the link below for a preview of how YOU can help us celebrate!

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Brand new classes from the YUPs!

In celebration of Preservation Month, our Young Urban Preservationists are presenting two brand new classes in May! These classes are organized in conjunction with the Rochester Brainery and will be held online via Zoom. Grab a glass of wine or beverage of your choice and settle into your couch for two evenings of virtual exploration around Rochester!

Landscape Architects of Rochester
Tuesday, May 19th | 7:00 – 8:30 PM

This class will provide an introduction to the lives and works of the designers who shaped the parks, public spaces, gardens, and neighborhoods of the greater Rochester region.

Rochester’s Marvelous Monuments (and more!)
Saturday, May 23rd | 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

In this month of Memorial Day, we will tell the story behind both famous and forgotten monuments and memorials dotting the Greater Rochester landscape and remember the people and events they honor.


Seeking preservation award nominations

What do a creekside tavern, sunken garden, mercantile/café, prison guard towers, and a study of a Mid-Century Modern architect have in common? All were recipients of Preservation Awards from the Landmark Society of Western New York in 2019. Each year, in the fall, the Landmark Society presents several awards to projects, people and organizations who, through their dedication and hard work, have helped to promote historic preservation in our nine-county area. With the start of a new year, the Landmark Society’s Awards Committee is seeking recommendations for its 2020 Preservation Awards. Award suggestions are welcome from Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties. Deadline for nominations is Monday, June 1, 2020.

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Dreaming of travel?

Join us in looking forward with hope to our rescheduled travel tour to Niagara-on-the-Lake in December, enjoying all the magic the winter season brings to the well-preserved village -Shaw Festival shows and a backstage tour, the Winter Festival of Lights, Wayne Gretzky Estates Winery & Distillery, and more!

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New YUP website!

Also new this month–our Young Urban Preservationists have their very own website! They’ll be updating the site regularly with preservation resources, events, calls to action, and more.

Check out their first blog post, a roundup of ten old house Instagram accounts they recommend. Pictured above is an image from one of those accounts, Blake Hill House, an account run by Stacy, who is chronicling the DIY rehab of her historic house in East Aurora. (Image courtesy Blake Hill House)

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Thank you to our past event sponsors!

The Landmark Society of Western New York is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature

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