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Landmark Alerts

New historic markers initiative

The Historic Marker Committee of The Landmark Society is excited to announce our newest initiative:

Make Your Mark: Connecting Communities with History, Stories, & Markers

The mission of the Make Your Mark initiative is to connect the Rochester community with its past by using markers to make diverse histories visible on the public landscape. There are few historic markers in Rochester. Our vision is to erect site-appropriate markers across the city to raise awareness of the fact that history and preservation belong to all of us—in every neighborhood of the city and, eventually, throughout the region.

We need your help! Do you have an idea for a markers site? Do you know of a park, building, event, person, or other place of significance to the Rochester community that doesn’t currently have a marker? Tell us about it!

Learn more & submit your idea

Last call for 2022 award nominations!

Nominations for the 2022 Preservation Awards are due May 1st! Award suggestions are welcome from Genesee, Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties.

More info

Join us at Ellwanger Garden for two weekends in May

Ellwanger Garden (625 Mt. Hope Avenue) will be open from 12:00 to 3:00 PM on  Saturday May 14, Sunday May 15,  Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22.  In addition we will be open for Rose/Peony weekend June 11 and 12.

Suggested donation $5;  follow signs for off-site parking.

Learn more about the Garden

Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th Birthday

Celebrate the founder of American landscape architecture, author, and conservationist Frederick Law Olmsted. This year, organizations across the country are celebrating the 200th anniversary of his birth in 1822. Visit to learn more about Olmsted and his legacy, and the Highland Park Conservancy for information about local events commemorating his birthday.

Celebrate Olmsted

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

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:

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–SOLD OUT!

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).


Landmark Travels: upcoming travel tours

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

Landmark Travels: Niagara-on-the-lake: Sip, Savour, and Stroll
August 13-15, 2022

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
Free airfare offer extended–book by May 31st!

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

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