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Registration now open for the 2024 NY Statewide Preservation Conference

The NY Statewide Preservation Conference is returning to Rochester, and Early Bird Registration is now open (through March 14th)! We can’t wait to see you in the Flower City, April 15-17, for three days of exploration, conversation, and education.

The NY Statewide Preservation Conference is the only event of its kind in the state—a multi-day gathering for anyone involved in preservation and community revitalization. It’s an opportunity to learn, network, become inspired and, yes, have fun! It is the preservation event in New York State and you don’t want to miss it.

Your Conference registration includes: an intensive, pre-Conference training session, tours, and Meet & Greet on Monday; a full day of breakout sessions, lunch, and Keynote on Tuesday; and your choice of four field sessions on Wednesday. For the first time in 2024, the New York State Historic Preservation Awards and Reception will take place on Tuesday evening during the Conference (also included in your registration). The Awards recognize individuals, organizations, agencies, and communities for recent projects demonstrating outstanding achievements in historic preservation efforts in New York State. These annual awards are presented by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Our “home base” for this year’s Conference will be the Memorial Art Gallery (“MAG”) in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts. The 14-acre facility, part of the University of Rochester’s original Prince Street campus, includes a recently expanded sculpture park, a permanent art collection of more than 12,000 objects, and changing exhibitions throughout the year. Most conference sessions will take place in the historic Cutler Union building, the Gothic-style portion of the Memorial Art Gallery that originally served as the student union for the University of Rochester College for Women. During the Conference, attendees will have the opportunity to experience INFINITY MIRRORED ROOM – LET’S SURVIVE FOREVER, 2017, an immersive temporary exhibit by Yayoi Kusama.

Sponsorship opportunities are available (contact Becky Timmons at if you’re interested in being a sponsor.

2024 Conference Partners: The Landmark Society of Western New York; The Preservation League of New York State; the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and the City of Rochester.

Register now!

Five to Revive Announced!

This is the eleventh year The Landmark Society of Western New York has announced the Five to Revive list to draw attention to key priorities for revitalization in western New York. The preservation movement is, at its heart, about the benefits preservation brings to people and communities. The Landmark Society first launched the Five to Revive program in 2013 to call attention to five properties in western New York that need investment. Whether buildings, structures, or landscapes, these properties are significant historic resources whose rehabilitations can become catalytic properties for the neighborhoods and communities that surround them. Eleven years after the launch of Five to Revive, the goal remains the return of these important historic resources to a place of prominence in their respective communities as social and economic assets that spark further investment and revitalization.

This year’s Five to Revive were announced at a press conference at Warner Castle on January 31st. They include:

  • Vacuum Oil Site, City of Rochester, Monroe County
  • Naples Memorial Town Hall, Village and Town of Naples, Ontario County
  • Palmyra-Macedon Aqueduct, Town of Macedon and Village of Palmyra, Wayne County
  • Warsaw Park Train Depot, Town of Warsaw, Wyoming County
  • Grassroots Preservation Organizations, Thematic Listing
Read more about this year's Five to Revive

The Landmark Society is hiring!

We are seeking a talented Communications Coordinator to join our team – Apply by February 23rd!

The ideal candidate will be responsible for creating compelling promotional and educational content for our website and various social media platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. The Communications Coordinator will collaborate closely with Landmark Society staff to develop content that effectively promotes our events and initiatives, engaging our audience and building our online presence. This position reports to the Director of Preservation Outreach and will work directly with other department heads and staff members.

The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for assessing, planning, and executing the organization’s social media presence; producing the semi-weekly e-newsletter, and updating website content. Print media includes our quarterly magazine, LANDMARKS, along with signage, handouts, brochures, and reports. This position will also carry out contracted work for the Celebrate City Living (CCL) program, a collaborative effort between the City of Rochester and Landmark to promote city residency, showcase Rochester neighborhoods, and provide public education on city housing opportunities.

If you’re interested in joining our team and working in a historic castle in Highland Park, we encourage you to apply!
Full Job Description and How to Apply

Preserve NY Grant Workshop - February 27

Want to learn more about the Preserve New York grant program before submitting your pre-application? Join the Landmark Society and the Preservation League of New York State for this in-person workshop for information about eligibility requirements, examples of the types of projects funded, and how to apply. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, February 27th at 5:30pm at Warner Castle (5 Castle Park in Rochester).
Applications for the 2024 Preserve New York grant cycle are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 29. All interested applicants must submit a pre-application to receive a full application form. Pre-applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday, March 22.
Please review the 2024 Guidelines carefully as there are new eligibility requirements for applicants and projects. Click here for more info:
The Preserve New York grant program is a partnership between the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of New York State, made possible by NYSCA with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation generously provides additional funding to support projects in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Nominations open for the 2024 Preservation Awards

The Landmark Society Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Preservation Awards program. Each fall, The Landmark Society presents awards to projects, individuals, and organizations who, through their dedication and hard work, have contributed to historic preservation in our nine-county area.

Eligible nominees can include:

  • Committed historic preservation advocates and educators.
  • Self-taught homeowners devoting blood, sweat, and tears to an older house.
  • Beautifully preserved residential, commercial, institutional, industrial, or religious buildings.
  • Remarkable restoration projects.
  • Transformative adaptive reuse, where an old building has been given new life with a use other than its original one, while maintaining the historic character and details.
  • Historic landscapes, including gardens, stone walls, farms, parks, or the grounds of a house.
  • Small businesses occupying historic properties, whether they’re new owners or long-time operations.
  • Tradespeople practicing a historic architectural craft or skill, such as masonry, carpentry, or window repair.
  • Yourself or your preservation project. Self-nominations are encouraged and appreciated. You should be proud of what you have accomplished.

The Landmark Society serves a 9-county area (Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates Counties). If your project is in Western New York but outside The Landmark Society’s service area, we encourage you to find out whether there is a local or regional preservation organization with an awards program to apply to. Otherwise, please feel free to apply to ours!

Please submit your nomination by Wednesday, May 1, 2024 (an online form and a downloadable PDF are available).

More info about the Awards program

Landmark Travels Prague and Danube Explorer Cruise

Free Airfare has been extended for our fall Prague and Danube trip!  Register by February 29th to take advantage of this great deal. If you missed the informational meeting on January 16th, you can view it here.

Prague and Danube River Cruise – September 29 – October 11, 2024

Landmark Travels are not your typical tours. Our tours are tailored to offer unique, personal opportunities at each destination. Often that is because we choose locations that we know well and where we have a personal connection with friends or colleagues. They become the gateway to experiences other groups can’t access.

For this trip, in Prague, you will get this amazing rooftop view from the Hotel U Prince, on the Old Town Square, overlooking the famous astronomical clock. We found this spot on our last tour to the Czech Republic and wanted to make sure we shared it with the guests on this trip. Not to mention the world-famous Black Angel’s bar in the caves below the U Prince! We’d love for you to join us for a nightcap after our wonderful dinner on the Terasa U Prince.

Spending time with our friends, the Becan family in Prague, and Sona MacDonald, the acclaimed Austrian actress in Vienna, will be the topping on the Landmark Travels cake. There is no better way to understand the culture of a city than through meeting locals. I know that Frank, Hanna, and their family, as well as Sona, will be gracious hosts and fascinating new friends to all that join us on this travel tour.

Don’t miss out on this exclusive Landmark Travels tour which, in addition to Prague, Vienna, and Budapest, also includes visits to the charming towns and villages of Passau, Germany; Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic; Linz, Melk, and Weissenkirchen, Austria; and Bratislava, Slovakia.

Pricing starts at $5,244/person (double occupancy). See the full brochure and pricing as well as registration form for this magnificent trip at Contact Larry Francer for more info:, (585)537-9454.

More info about Landmark Travels

Spring Classes with Rochester Brainery

Have you signed up for any of our spring classes with Rochester Brainery? We have three classes scheduled in March/early April:

All three classes take place from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at Warner Castle (5 Castle Park in Rochester).

Learn more and register

Upcoming Events

February 27: Preserve NY Grant Workshop

March 11: Women in Preservation and Design class with Rochester Brainery

March 25: The Rocks that Built Rochester class with Rochester Brainery

April 4: Landscape Architects of Rochester class with Rochester Brainery

April 15-17: NY Statewide Preservation Conference in Rochester

April 22 – May 2: Landmark Travels: Arte Cuba (SOLD OUT)

May 1: Deadline to submit nominations for 2024 Preservation Awards

September 29 – October 11: Landmark Travels: Danube Explorer River Cruise and Prague

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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