(Updated June 23, 2020)
Even though the methods might be a bit unconventional for the time being, our core work continues.
- Several trademark Landmark Society spring programs and events have been postponed, but most have been rescheduled for tentative fall dates, pending public health recommendations. This includes our 50th House & Garden Tour, being planned for virtual form in October; the annual NY Statewide Preservation Conference being planned for virtual form in December; and our Niagara-on-the-Lake travel tour, now set for December 9-11. Our Brandywine Valley tour planned for September 15-18 currently remains on the calendar as well: register at our travel tour page.
- The Landmark Society staff is working remotely on various projects, including National Register nominations, research requests, technical assistance, and planning for future events and programs. At our Warner Castle office, masks are required for admittance, and admittance is very limited: those dropping off payments like membership dues and travel tour payments are welcome for brief, deliberate visits, but public tours of the building are not available, and walk-in preservation consultations are also not available, though we will provide you with a business card for the appropriate staff member for email or phone communication. Office hours are 9am -4am Monday – Thursday; the office is closed on Friday’s until further notice.
- Our Ellwanger Garden and Stone-Tolan House Historic Site are closed to all visitation until further notice.
- Committee and governance meetings are taking place virtually.
- We are experimenting with ways to more broadly and efficiently share content; the Landmark Society remains active on social media – follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and explore the area’s historic built environment with our series of virtual tours on our website. We are preparing to do some of our staple summer programs virtually as well.
- We are planning to resume publication of our quarterly Landmarks magazine in the fall.
Events and programs provide critical revenues that help sustain our daily operations. The delays in programming and events not only pose unique challenges for mission fulfillment, but these delays also create a fiscal challenge. There is no doubt that our fundraising goals will assume a greater significance this year. We are still able to process contributions and membership renewals, and many of you have kindly provided unsolicited additional support. Others, recognizing the financial impact to The Landmark Society, have asked how they might help. In the future, we will be asking for your support to sponsor and attend our events and programs, as well as asking for your participation in our annual fund near the end of the year.
Your financial support this year is vital. Our organization’s strength, however, continues to be our members’ dedication and support. I have no doubt that, together, we will overcome this challenge. In the meantime, we miss seeing you, and send our best wishes.