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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.

NEW in 2022: extended material in this free video, including actor interviews!

More info

Landmark Travels: Rhine River cruise info session

Rh(W)ine and Cheese Information Get Together

Join us TOMORROW (February 16th) evening to learn about our Spring 2023 river cruise – Tulip Time on the Jewels of the Rhine (April 21-May 2, 2023). Free airfare if booked by March 31, 2022. There will be a presentation that includes photos of the luxury river boat and stops on the route from Amsterdam, through Germany and France, and ending with a specially curated 3-day stay in Switzerland. Available on Zoom, as well (but you will have to provide your own wine and cheese!).

Wednesday, February 16 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM | Warner Castle, 5 Castle Park (or on Zoom, register at the link below)


Landmark Travels: Las Vegas, Architecture of ALL Sorts

October 17-22, 2022

Landmark Travels is taking an intimate group to Las Vegas in October.  Architecture, dining, entertainment, and more–this trip has it all. Your tour includes 5 nights at the landmark Mirage Hotel and Resort, all transportation, excursions, four fabulous lunches, dinners, or brunch and a resort credit for breakfasts (or champagne, we don’t judge) all escorted by Landmark Society’s Director of Public Programs (and Vegas aficionado) Cindy Boyer.


GVRR grant deadline 3/31

In partnership with the NYS Office of the Governor and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, Round 2 grant applications are available.

This program, funded by the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program through the Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, aims to support historic restoration and rehabilitation projects in our rural Finger Lakes and Western New York communities.

Follow the link below to learn more and view recorded webinars. Grant applications are due March 31, 2022.

GVRR details

Upcoming Brainery classes with the YUPs

Classes are held through the Rochester Brainery and registration is available on the Brainery’s website (follow the link below).

Crash Course in American Architectural History – 20th Century

Love old buildings but have no idea what you’re looking at? In this class, students will receive the rundown of American architectural styles from the late 19th century through the present day, with a focus on local and regional examples. Learn the names of important architectural styles common in the northeast; some basic architectural terminology; and how to approximately date the buildings you see every day. This class builds on the knowledge presented in “Crash Course in American Architectural History I: 19th Century”, but can be taken on its own if preferred.

Architecture in Film & Media: Building the Future

The mid-twentieth century brought an era of change and innovation in most aspects of the world, from the 1950s with cake mix, transistor radios, lasers, car seat belts, and tape recorders; to the 1970s with lava lamps, the early internet, and putting a man on the moon. There were also new and amazing ideas about what cities and architecture would look like in the future. This class will review parallel development of the Modern City and contemporary media technologies that inspired representations of architecture through photography, cinema, television, and more. Focusing on the cultural forces that shaped the relationship between cities and media, we will also analyze the psychological and sociological effects media has on our perception and understanding of architecture.

The Rocks that Built Rochester

It’s not an accident that 90% of the country’s cobblestone structures are located within 75 miles of Rochester. From cobblestones to picturesque cemeteries and stately red sandstone civic buildings to old mills, our area’s unique architectural heritage is, in part, a reflection of its singular geological history. Ancient shallow seas and more recent Ice Age glaciers have supplied local architects with a palette of materials and landscapes they have used to form communities over time, making buildings and public places an ongoing dialogue between the natural and human worlds. In this class, students will eavesdrop on that dialogue, linking some of the most treasured landmarks with the ancient geologic processes that made them possible and still continue to influence their preservation today.

May Architecture in the Wild walking tour classes are live as well! Hurry–these always sell out.


2022 NY Preservation Conference survey

Along with our Conference partners, we’re starting to plan for the 2022 NY Statewide Preservation Conference. The Conference will take place September 22-24 in Syracuse, NY. That’s right–we are hoping to return to an in-person format this year. The event will comply with all local regulations and we will, of course, institute new protocols such as social distancing to help reduce risk. But we want to hear from you: What would help you feel comfortable attending an in-person conference? Do you prefer a virtual event? Please click the button below to take our short, 6-question survey.

Take the survey

Nominations open for 2022 awards

We are now seeking nominations for the 2022 Preservation Awards. Award suggestions are welcome from Genesee, Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties.

More info

News from our colleagues at the Preservation League of NYS

Preserve NY grant applications available

The New York State Council on the Arts and the Preservation League are pleased to offer the Preserve NY grant program. Applications for the 2022 cycle are April 15th. A pre-application is required and an informational webinar will be held this coming Monday, January 31.

Preserve New York makes grants for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys. Applicants must be a unit of local government or a nonprofit group with tax-exempt status.

Learn more about Preserve NY

Call for Seven to Save nominations

Our colleagues at the Preservation League of New York State have opened nominations for their 2022-2023 Seven to Save list. The Preservation League has been helping New York State communities retain and reuse threatened sites through its Seven to Save Endangered Sites Program since 1999. Building on partnerships with groups and individuals, Seven to Save listing has been a key catalyst to the successful revival of dozens of buildings, landscapes, downtowns, and neighborhoods endangered by threats such as lack of regulatory protections, neglect, imminent demolition, and incompatible development.

This Call for Nominations will result in the listing of seven at-risk sites, which will receive enhanced attention from the Preservation League throughout 2022-2023. The League encourages applications reflecting the cultural and economic diversity of our state and its history, as well as its extraordinary heritage of architecture and design reflected in all property types.

Learn more about Seven to Save

Preserve NY grant

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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