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Submit your session proposals!

Submit your projects and ideas for the 2022 NY Statewide Preservation Conference

We are now accepting proposals for educational sessions at the NY Statewide Preservation Conference! The Conference will take place in person in Syracuse, NY, September 22-24.

Priority topics for 2022 will fall under the broad concept of this year’s theme: Shifting Landscapes. Priorities include:

  • Topics that address all types of cultural/historic landscapes, including the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted.
  • Topics that address how cultural landscapes and/or preservation can encourage equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in our communities.
  • Topics that address the shifting landscapes (whether due to COVID-19, climate change, real estate markets, the economy, etc.) in which we practice preservation.
  • Topics that address the shifting nature, definition, expanded audiences, and practice of historic preservation, both as a professional field and grassroots movement.

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 Monday, April 11th at midnight.

Submit your session proposal

Architecture in the Wild is back

The Young Urban Preservationists’ popular Architecture in the Wild walking tours are back at the Rochester Brainery. They’ll be offering two classes per month May through October but don’t wait to register because these classes always sell out!

Classes that are currently live on the Brainery’s website:

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.

5/16 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring NOTA & East Avenue’s Architectural History–SOLD OUT!

5/25 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring the South Wedge’s Architectural History

6/7 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Maplewood’s Lake View Park

6/23 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Corn Hill’s Architectural History

7/11 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Downtown’s Architectural History

7/27 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring NOTA & East Avenue’s Architectural History

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


Apply to be a vendor at OCTavern Festival

A celebration of all things autumnal, the second annual OCTavern Festival will take place at the Stone-Tolan Historic Site in Brighton, New York. On Saturday, October 15th, the house and its 215-year-old rural tavern will host small groups of guests who will enjoy live music, cider, beer, and seasonal fare. We’ll also have a site-wide celebration on the beautiful grounds of the property, with local farmers, food vendors, and craftspeople providing demonstrations and items for purchase.

Applications are now available for 2022 food and artisan vendors, and sponsorship opportunities are available. Vendor applications are due May 31st.

Learn more & apply to be a vendor

Landmark Travels: upcoming travel tours

Registration is open and spots are filling up for two new travel tours:

Landmark Travels: Las Vegas, Architecture of ALL Sorts
October 17-22, 2022

Landmark Travels: Tulip Time on Jewels of the Rhine
April 21 – May 2, 2023

Registration will open soon for Niagara-on-the-lake: Sip, Savour, and Stroll, August 13-15, 2022.

Learn more

Our friends at Allyn's Creek Garden Club present

Lectures & Workshop with Award-Winning Photographer Matthew Benson

Acclaimed Professional Photographer, Author, National GCA Speaker, and
Owner of Stonegate Farm and Studio, an Organic Farm & Arts Center in Balmville, NY

Learn more

SEAC introduces the Tool Shed

Our friends at the South East Area Coalition (SEAC) are getting ready to launch an exciting new program: a tool-lending library. Head over to our website to learn all about it.

Learn more

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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