Announcing our 2014 Conference Speakers
The Preservation Conference is going bigger and better! The Landmark Society is partnering with two of our non-profit colleagues, the Preservation League of New York State and Preservation Buffalo Niagara, to bring you a New York Statewide Preservation Conference for the first time in over a dozen years. The 2014 Statewide Preservation Conference theme is: FILL IN THE BLANK: Defining Preservation, A New York Statewide Conference.
We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be noted historic preservation, real estate, and economics expert, Donovan Rypkema, Principal of PlaceEconomics. Mr, Rypkema will give the keynote presentation and participate in two breakout sessions during the main Conference events on Friday, April 25. He will also be our featured speaker for a Community Luncheon on Thursday, April 24.
Our featured Saturday Breakfast Speaker on April 26 will be Ed McMahon, a leading authority on topics related to economic development, land conservation, smart growth, and historic preservation. Mr McMahon is Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development at the Urban Land Institute.
Read more about these fabulous speakers on our website. Registration for the Community Luncheon and the Preservation Conference will open on March 3rd.
Special announcement: Olmsted Pedestrian Bridges
Photo courtesy Jenny McCabe
On Thursday, February 27th, we will join our friends at the Preservation League of New York State as they make an important announcement regarding the preservation of Genesee Valley Park’s three Olmsted Pedestrian Bridges, one of our 2013 Five to Revive properties. These handsome concrete bridges were built in 1916 and 1919 and designed by the influential Olmsted Brothers firm. They link regional and statewide trails including the Erie Canalway and are functional and historic assets. Limited funding, deferred maintenance, and uncertainty about rehabilitation responsibilities have put these bridges at risk.
A special sweet treat will be provided by the Highland Park Conservancy at the conclusion of the event. We hope you’ll join us!
Thursday, February 27 | 11:00 a.m. | Genesee Valley Park, Roundhouse Shelter | View Map
Historic Hudson River Valley Sojourn
Come experience one of North America’s most historic and scenic destinations, the Hudson River Valley! Join Executive Director, Wayne Goodman, as we travel to the highlands section, exploring the architecture of the “Gilded Age” of the valley from September 15 through 18, 2014. Highlights include: Wilderstein, a remarkable Victorian estate in Rhinebeck; Springwood, the ancestral home of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s family; Lindenwald, the home of President Martin Van Buren; and a stay at Mohonk Mountain House, a National Historic Landmark resort tucked away atop the Shawangunk Ridge of the Catskill Mountains.