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Early Bird Registration has been extended!!

We’ve extended Early Bird registration pricing for the 2023 NY Statewide Preservation Conference through this Sunday, March 19th at midnight!

If you’re on the fence or just haven’t had a chance to register yet, this is the week.  Save $20 and enjoy three days of interactive programming, including thought-provoking sessions, walking tours, a downtown Meet & Greet, field sessions, and a Keynote Luncheon featuring Bonnie McDonald, President & CEO of Landmarks Illinois.

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2023 Conference Keynote: People's Right to Place

The theme of the 2023 NY Statewide Preservation Conference Keynote is “People’s Right to Place: Building a More Relevant and Just Preservation Movement.”  Bonnie McDonald is the president and CEO of Landmarks Illinois, Illinois’ only statewide preservation nonprofit association. At its 50th anniversary, Landmarks Illinois embarked on an effort to explore its relevance and how to move preservation forward over its next 50 years. What the organization found is that preservationists across the nation are deeply questioning our practices and our movement’s future. Landmarks Illinois president & CEO Bonnie McDonald was awarded a 2020 James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship to help bring the field’s challenges, and solutions, to the forefront through The Relevancy Project. She’s currently spearheading the organization’s evolution to enhance its relevance and to create a national model for justice, equity, inclusion and diversity in preservation practice. Her transformative thinking about preservation has led Landmarks Illinois to focus its work on people and their important connection to historic places.

Learn more about Bonnie and The Relevancy Project

Free Airfare Extended for Gems of Eastern Europe!

This just in!  Mayflower Tours has extended the free airfare deal for our upcoming Gems of Eastern Europe cruise on the Eastern Danube!  Join us for a 12-day trip (October 4-15, 2023) aboard a luxurious Emerald Waterways 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. Reserve your spot with a deposit by April 20th, and your airfare is included!

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Architecture in the Wild Walking Tour Classes are Live!

Nothing signals the coming of spring like a new slate of Architecture in the Wild classes with Rochester Brainery!  Our first two walking tours are now open for registration.  Join us to explore Downtown’s West Side on Monday, May 15th and Maplewood’s Lake View Park on Tuesday, May 23rd.  Our popular tours, led by members of the Young Urban Preservationists (YUPs), are a great way to learn more about Rochester’s architecture, whether you’re new to town or have been here for decades.  You’re guaranteed to walk away with a new vocabulary and perhaps a new favorite style.

Feeling extra studious? Sign up for one (or both!) of our Rochester’s Great Architects classes (“The Rulemakers” on May 18th and “The Rulebreakers” on June 1st).  These indoor classes will be held at our office in historic Warner Castle, and will provide you with fun facts, great visuals, and a bit of historical gossip!  They’re the perfect complement to our walking tours.

There are also spots available in the Landscape Architects of Rochester class on April 24th, which will provide an introduction to the lives and works of the designers who shaped the parks, public spaces, gardens, and neighborhoods of the greater Rochester region.

Register here!

Learn about Rochester's Jewish Landmarks

Have you heard of the numerous famous (and infamous!) Jewish architects, developers, businessmen, politicians, musicians, and activists who lived right here in the Rochester area? On Saturday, April 15th, the Rochester Public Library will present “Rochester’s Jewish Landmarks: Exploring Rochester’s Jewish History Through The Built Environment.” Join Landmark Society Preservation Planner Megan Klem to learn about the many buildings and sites associated with Rochester’s Jewish history and take a peek at the Jewish Landmarks Survey Report completed by The Landmark Society. This in-person event will also be streamed on the library’s YouTube channel.  The presentation is free, but registration is required.

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Upcoming Events

March 27th: Rochester Brainery Class: “The Rocks That Built Rochester” (SOLD OUT!!)

April 13th-15th: 2023 NY Statewide Preservation Conference in Auburn (Early Bird registration extended through 3/19)

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

April 24th: Rochester Brainery Class: “Landscape Architects of Rochester

May 1st: Deadline to submit nominations for the 2023 Preservation Awards

May 13th & 14th / May 20th and 21st: Ellwanger Open Garden Days (Lilac Festival weekends)

May 15th: Rochester Brainery Class: “Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Downtown’s West Side

May 18th: Rochester Brainery Class: “Rochester’s Great Architects: The Rulemakers

June 1st: Rochester Brainery Class: “Rochester’s Great Architects: The Rulebreakers

June 10th & 11th: 2023 House & Garden Tour (Saturday & Sunday – more info coming soon!)

Full Events Calendar

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

The Landmark Society receives support from Monroe County through the Mid-Size Arts Organization Grant

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