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Celebrating Preservation Month in western NY

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. So far this month, we’ve shared some of our staff’s favorite historic places in western New York;  posted some online resources to keep you entertained while quarantining; played preservation bingo; the YUPs have done a roundup of ten of their favorite old-house instagram accounts over on their new website and divulged some of their tips and tricks for hunting down old-house hardware.

Today, we bring you a roundup of some of the preservation and architecture-related coloring books and pages that are out there. Hopefully this will help keep you and your kids entertained! (And stay tuned–later this week, we’ll be releasing a scavenger hunt!)

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Tonight! New class from the YUPs!

Tonight, in celebration of Preservation Month, our Young Urban Preservationists present their brand new class, Landscape Architects of Rochester.

Most people know about the architects who have shaped our cities. Whether it’s an internationally-known figure like Frank Lloyd Wright or a prominent local designer like Claude Bragdon, we all intrinsically know that someone designed the buildings around us. What is less commonly known is that our city’s landscapes–be it public parks, streets, or private gardens– were also intentionally designed. The places that look and feel natural to us, like they’ve always been there, are that way precisely because they were conceived by talented landscape architects.  

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.

This class is organized in conjunction with the Rochester Brainery and will be held online via Zoom.  Registration is $20 and is available through the Brainery’s website at the link below.

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


Explore Rochester's marvelous monuments

This Saturday, the YUPs present another new class: Rochester’s Marvelous Monuments. The plaque next to a highway off-ramp commemorating Lincoln’s brief stop in Rochester; the first statue to memorialize an African-American; the drinking fountain admonishing temperance and the small Statue of Liberty replica in rural village parks; the Highland Bowl (yes, it’s a memorial!)… Local monuments and memorials tell interesting stories but, ironically, they can be easy to overlook. 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.

This class is organized in conjunction with the Rochester Brainery and will be held online via Zoom.  Registration is $20 and is available through the Brainery’s website at the link below.

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


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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Celebrate Preservation Month by supporting our work

A great way to celebrate Preservation Month is to consider making a donation to The Landmark Society. With your generous support, we can continue to help communities across western New York save the historic places that matter to them. We know this is a difficult time for all and we appreciate a donation of any amount. Thank you!


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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