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Call for Conference session proposals

Submit your projects and ideas for the NY Statewide Preservation Conference

We are now accepting proposals for educational sessions at the NY Statewide Preservation Conference! The Conference will take place online November 16-18, 2021.

Priorities for 2021:

  • Topics that address the future of preservation.
  • Sessions that include diverse panelists/speakers, including people of color, women, LGBTQ, and youth. All panels should strive to be inclusive and represent diverse perspectives.
  • Topics that address underrepresented communities and current issues regarding social justice and equity as they relate to historic preservation (i.e. gentrification, intangible heritage, non-traditional or new preservation practices)
  • Topics that explicitly address ways in which preservation as a movement and a professional field can become more inclusive and representative.

You do not need to be a preservation professional to share your story. Whether you are a grassroots community activist, an urban planner, a non-profit organization, an architect, a neighborhood group, a developer, property owner, or a municipality, we want to hear from you! We are looking for a diverse range of topics that include everything from neighborhood advocacy and small town revitalization to complex tax credit rehab projects and place-based event planning.

Proposals are due by Friday, August 13th at midnight

Submit your session proposal

Final performance August 19th

The Landmark Society, in partnership with Eastman School of Music, is excited to present the Eastman @St. Joseph’s Park Summer Lunchtime Concert series.  If you work downtown and haven’t had a chance to visit St. Joseph’s Park (118 Pleasant Street), this is a great opportunity!

The final concert takes place Thursday, August 19th and features Trio Rosa Boemia – performing Brazilian choro. Please bring a chair or plan to stand for these short, 30-minute lunchtime concerts!  There is plenty of free street parking nearby, or park at St. Joe’s Garage at the corner of Pleasant St. and Clinton Ave. Parking is $2.00 for the first two hours.

More info

Tickets live for Cocktails & Carburetors

Now in its seventh year, Cocktails & Carburetors takes place Friday night, October 1st from 6:00 to 9:00 PM with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres at Horsepower Motor Works (825 Phillips Rd, Victor), a local car restoration shop. Belly up to a car lift rather than the typical bar and enjoy an evening filled with live music, food and drink, with plenty of time to roam among cars stored and undergoing restoration. Attendees with vintage or special interest cars are encouraged to drive them to the event! Tickets are $95 (follow the link below).

Then on Saturday, October 2nd from 10:00 to 4:00, make plans to attend the first annual Wheels at Pinnacle car show. The show will be held at Pinnacle Athletic Campus (7600 Pinnacle Road in Victor).  Judging will begin at 12 PM and awards will be presented at 2 PM.  An entry fee of $25 per care will benefit The Landmark Society. Entry fee for spectators is $5 per person day-of.


Public Info Open House: Rochester Historic Resources Survey Northwest & Northeast Quadrants

Working on behalf of the City of Rochester, The Landmark Society recently completed an inventory of historic buildings, structures, and sites in the Northwest and Northeast quadrants of the city. Join us for an information drop-in open house to learn about the results of the project and share any important historic properties in your neighborhood.

What this project covers:

  • Typical historic building types in the Northwest and Northeast Quadrants of the City.
  • The development history of these quadrants, including the history of racist housing policies like Redlining and Urban Renewal.
  • Existing and potential National Register historic districts (some see whether your neighborhood may be eligible for the NYS Homeowner Tax Credit program!)
  • Information about how neighborhoods can document and explore their history and the older buildings in it.

Wednesday, August 25th | 5:30-7:30 PM (drop-in any time!) | David F. Gantt Recreation Center, 700 North Street

More info

Save the date for a new event at Stone-Tolan Historic Site

Coming October 2021: OCTavern Festival @ Stone-Tolan

A celebration of all things autumnal, the inaugural OCTavern Festival will take place at the Stone-Tolan Historic Site. The house and its 200-year-old rural tavern will host small groups of guests for private seatings, who will enjoy live music, festive beer & cider, and seasonal fare. Outside the house on the beautiful grounds of the property, local farmers, food vendors, and craftspeople will provide items for purchase. The festival will take place Friday, October 8th and Saturday, October 9th, with reserved indoor seatings on Friday and Saturday, and a site-wide celebration on Saturday.

This new event is still in the planning stages–check our website below for updates, sponsorship opportunities, and more!

Learn more

Tomorrow: explore geology and architecture with the YUPs

If you missed it this spring, the Young Urban Preservationists are repeating their virtual class, The Rocks That Built Rochester. It’s a must-see if you like geology and/or architecture.

Classes are held through the Rochester Brainery and registration is available on the Brainery’s website (follow the link below). Don’t delay–capacity is limited and these classes sell out quickly!

  • 8/4 – The Rocks that Built Rochester (virtual)
  • 8/9 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Susan B. Anthony’s Neighborhood – SOLD OUT!
  • 8/13 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Downtown’s Architectural History – SOLD OUT!
  • 8/24 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Maplewood’s Seneca Parkway – 3 spots left!
  • 8/31 – Crash Course in American Architectural History I – 19th Century (virtual)
  • 9/9 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Maplewood’s Seneca Parkway
  • 9/13 – Crash Course in American Architectural History II – 20th Century (virtual)
YUP Brainery classes

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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PHONE: (585) 546-7029 x10 · FAX: (585) 546-4788

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