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Genesee Valley Rural Revitalization Grant: Round 2 Awards Announcement

In partnership with the NYS Office of the Governor and NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the Landmark Society is pleased to announce the recipients of Round 2 funding through the Genesee Valley Rural Revitalization (GVRR) Grant Program!

This program, funded by 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. Additional funding was provided by the Rochester Area Community Foundation. The funding awarded in Round 2 exhausts the funding currently available. However, we hope to apply for and receive another Paul Bruhn grant in the future. Over 50 applications were received in Round 2 with more than $2 million in grant requests. Eleven projects have been selected and a total of $462,230 has been awarded in Round 2.  Click the link below to read about all of the awardees.

GVRR Round 2 Awardees

City Life - Episode 3: Roc Rec

The final 2022 episode in the Landmark-produced video series for Celebrate City Living takes a look at some of Rochester’s broad range of recreational activities. Quajay Donnell, our host, talks with folks about the Olmsted Park System, City Rec Centers, and even takes a bike ride with biking enthusiasts. Check it out, along with the other two videos in the series, at the link below.



Watch the video

Landmark Travels: Gems of Eastern Europe and Palm Springs

Gems of Eastern Europe River Cruise – October 4-15, 2023

Cruise the Eastern Danube on this 12-day trip, aboard an Emerald Waterways luxurious StarShip.  Visit five distinctive countries: Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania with expert guides and personal attention.  Rates start at $6,645 per person, depending on cabin selected. FREE AIRFARE if you book with a deposit by January 31, 2023!

ModWeek in Palm Springs, California – February 15-20, 2023

Experience the mid-century modern gem of Palm Springs, California with style and luxury. We have a very exciting itinerary and are thrilled that we were able to snag tickets for the best party of the festival – Sunday Night at The Sinatra Estate. Other ModWeek events include the must-see residence of modernist architect Albert Frey, tour of the homes in Canyon View Estates, and the Royal Hawaiian Estates Happy Hour Luau and home tour. Great food, receptions, and more, along with the beauty and comfort of the Parker Palm Springs Resort.

Rates start at $4,150 per person, double occupancy and include flights from Rochester.


More info about Gems of Eastern Europe and ModWeek

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

We are grateful that we will once again be able to offer live performances of this special event in 2023. Meet Captain Sunfish, Anna Murray Douglass, Frederick Douglass and others in this dramatic and entertaining performance.

School performances will be held Thursday morning February 9th and Friday Morning February 10th. Pre- and post-visit materials are provided to classrooms.  A free public performance will also be offered – stay tuned for details in the new year.

Funding is available to assist with registration and transportation for interested school groups.  Contact Cindy Boyer at to receive more information.

More information and registration

2023 NY Statewide Preservation Conference - Save the Date

The NY Statewide Preservation Conference is headed to the Finger Lakes! We hope to see you in Auburn, April 13-15, for thought-provoking conversations with our preservation colleagues from around the state. Registration will open on February 15th, 2023.  Sponsorship opportunities are available (contact Caitlin Meives at if you’re interested in being a sponsor.  All sessions will take place at the Emerson Park Pavilion (6843 E Lake Road in Auburn).

2023 Conference Partners: The Landmark Society of Western New York; Preservation Association of Central New York; City of Auburn; The Preservation League of New York State; and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

More information

Crash Courses in Architectural History with Rochester Brainery

Love old buildings but have no idea what you’re looking at? In these two upcoming classes at Rochester Brainery, students will get the rundown of American architectural styles from the Colonial era through present day, with a focus on local and regional examples. The February 8th class will cover the 19th century, and the February 15th class will cover the 20th century (you can take one or both!) 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. Instructors are members of the Young Urban Preservationists, an affiliate group of The Landmark Society.


Register here

It's not too late for end-of-year giving!

As the year comes to an end, we want to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone that has supported our organization through memberships, ticket purchases, donations, and our ROC the Day campaign in November.  We continue to experience revenue loss compared to pre-Covid levels, so this year’s Annual Fund is especially important.  We hope you’ll consider The Landmark Society in your end-of-year giving so that we may continue our meaningful work across the region. Even a small contribution makes a difference when it comes to protecting and promoting our unique resources.  Thank you for your generous support, and have a safe and happy New Year!


Donate to the Annual Fund

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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