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Walk the Walk: video available now!

Walk the Walk: Encounters with Rochester’s African American Ancestors

Enjoy this free, entertaining and moving performance, as African-Americans from Rochester’s past come to life to share their stories. Share the experiences of Rochesterians from the past, as you meet notables such as Frederick Douglass and Austin Steward – as well as those who may not be as well known, such as Bessie Hamm. Appropriate for adults and families.

Educators! Contact Cindy Boyer for pre and post program activities.

Thank you to our Walk the Walk sponsors and supporters!
Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation
Guide & Ellen Palma Foundation
Fred & Floy Willmott Foundation

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GVRR grant round 1 deadlines

The Landmark Society, in partnership with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, is offering the Genesee Valley Rural Revitalization grants (GVRR) to support rural communities in the Finger Lakes and Western New York.


  • March 15th – Last day to submit draft applications for preliminary review. After this date, we can’t guarantee that we can respond in time.
  • March 31st – Round 1 applications due

GVRR is made possible by a grant from the Paul Bruhn Rural Revitalization Grant Program as administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. Matching funds have been provided by the Rochester Area Community Foundation, Letchworth Gateway Villages, and LSWNY.

Details and recorded webinars

Purchase your copy of Frederick Douglass and the Underground Railroad

This book is an extraordinary collaboration between Americans who were morally firm and unwavering concerning the rights of man, and enslaved people who were seeking freedom. It was called the Underground Railroad, which became the first great civil rights movement in the United States. It was led by Frederick Douglass, born of an enslaved black mother and a white plantation overseer father. Douglass worked with the abolitionist community that was largely white to bring freedom to the enslaved black population. This book focuses on slavery in New York State and more specifically on Frederick Douglass and Underground Railroad activities in Rochester and Monroe County, New York. Douglass was a longtime resident of Rochester and is interred in Mount Hope Cemetery, famous for its many abolitionists and women’s rights advocates buried there. 93 pages. Written by local author Richard Reisem and photos by Frank Gillespie.

Landmark members receive a 10% discount on merchandise. Contact Carolyn Haygood for details.

Purchase your copy

Five to Revive property receives State Preservation Award

The former Holley High School, which we included in our inaugural Five to Revive list in 2013, has officially been saved by Home Leasing and Edgemere Development and was recently honored by Governor Cuomo and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation with a State Preservation Award for Excellence in Historic Building Rehabilitation.

Click here to read more

New classes from the YUPs!

The YUPs are excited to be working on three brand new classes, to be offered virtually through the Rochester Brainery. All classes are live on the Brainery’s website–follow the link below!

  • For Women’s History Month in March, Women in Preservation & Design
  • In April, The Rocks that Built Rochester, an exploration of the intersection between architecture and geology
  • In May, Beginner’s Guide to Old House Interior Design

Interesting in learning more about or getting involved with the YUPs? Check out their website or e-mail them to sign up for the next monthly Steering Committee meeting on March 10th. Meetings are open to all!

Register here

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

5 Castle Park, Rochester, NY 14620
PHONE: (585) 546-7029 x10 · FAX: (585) 546-4788

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