February 21, 2013 Landmark Alerts

Call for submissions to Landmarks magazine

Landmarks 2013 Spring 1The latest issue of our print magazine, Landmarks, featured the launch of a new column that we’re organizing in conjunction with Writers & Books. The column is called “Writers & Landmarks: Personal and Pithy” and we’re looking for submissions from YOU. The guidelines are simple:

  1. Contributions should be approximately 500 words.
  2. Essays should relate a personal memory or reflection on an example of the built environment in Rochester and the Western New York communities served by The Landmark Society. The essay should stress what the site has meant to the individual and his/her community. Essays can be written in the first person and tell a personal memory of a place. Or, the writer may choose to tell the story of a place and what this place has meant to a community (and community can be a neighborhood, group, town, city, etc).

Contact Larry Francer, Associate Director of Preservation at The Landmark Society for more information.

One more chance to Walk the Walk with Rochester’s African American ancestors

Inclement weather forced the cancellation of this year’s public performance of Walk the Walk but you can still catch part of the program this weekend at the Memorial Art Gallery. Excerpts from this year’s Walk the Walk program will be performed at the Memorial Art Gallery this Sunday, February 24, as part of their Black History Month Family Day Program.

Photo Courtesy David Boyer
Photo Courtesy David Boyer

2:00 pm | Memorial Art Gallery auditorium | ABCs of Afro-Rochester Black History by Kuumba Consultants, based on Walk the Walk: Encounters with Rochester’s African-American Ancestors. Click here to see the full day’s schedule.

On the website: A preservation success story in Palmyra

Photo Courtesy Bero Architecture, PLLC
Photo courtesy Bero Architecture, PLLC


Head over to our website to see photos and a brief description of a recently completed preservation success story in the village of Palmyra–the Palmyra Community Library.


Adaptive Reuse of Religious Properties Conference

On March 6 and 7, The New York Landmarks Conservancy is co-sponsoring a conference on the adaptive use of historic religious properties with the Carey Center for Global Good in Rensselaerville, New York. The conference will bring together real estate developers and consultants, elected officials, planners, clergy and denominational real estate staff, architects, entrepreneurs, and state and local preservation officials and practitioners to share success stories from across New York State and around the nation, engage in lively debate, and highlight best practices. Featured projects have turned underutilized religious properties into engines for economic development and community revitalization. Visit the Conservancy’s website for registration details.