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Call for Conference session proposals

Submit your projects and ideas for the NY Statewide Preservation Conference

We are now accepting proposals for educational sessions at the NY Statewide Preservation Conference! The Conference will take place online November 16-18, 2021.

Priorities for 2021:

  • Topics that address the future of preservation.
  • Sessions that include diverse panelists/speakers, including people of color, women, LGBTQ, and youth. All panels should strive to be inclusive and represent diverse perspectives.
  • Topics that address underrepresented communities and current issues regarding social justice and equity as they relate to historic preservation (i.e. gentrification, intangible heritage, non-traditional or new preservation practices)
  • Topics that explicitly address ways in which preservation as a movement and a professional field can become more inclusive and representative.

You do not need to be a preservation professional to share your story. Whether you are a grassroots community activist, an urban planner, a non-profit organization, an architect, a neighborhood group, a developer, property owner, or a municipality, we want to hear from you! We are looking for a diverse range of topics that include everything from neighborhood advocacy and small town revitalization to complex tax credit rehab projects and place-based event planning.

Proposals are due by Friday, August 13th at midnight

Submit your session proposal

Join us for lunch at St. Joe's!

The Landmark Society, in partnership with Eastman School of Music, is excited to present the Eastman @St. Joseph’s Park Summer Lunchtime Concert series.  If you work downtown and haven’t had a chance to visit St. Joseph’s Park (118 Pleasant Street), this is a great opportunity!  This first concert is on Thursday, July 15th at 12:15pm and features Bob Sneider, Jazz Guitar faculty member for the Eastman School of Music and Eastman Community Music School. Please bring a chair or plan to stand for these short, 30-minute lunchtime concerts!  There is plenty of free street parking nearby, or park at St. Joe’s Garage at the corner of Pleasant St. and Clinton Ave. Parking is $2.00 for the first two hours.

More info

Save the date: new event at Stone-Tolan Historic Site

Coming October 2021: OCTavern Festival @ Stone-Tolan

A celebration of all things autumnal, the inaugural OCTavern Festival will take place at the Stone-Tolan Historic Site. The house and its 200-year-old rural tavern will host small groups of guests for private seatings, who will enjoy live music, festive beer & cider, and seasonal fare. Outside the house on the beautiful grounds of the property, local farmers, food vendors, and craftspeople will provide items for purchase. The festival will take place Friday, October 8th and Saturday, October 9th, with reserved indoor seatings on Friday and Saturday, and a site-wide celebration on Saturday.

This new event is still in the planning stages–check our website below for updates, sponsorship opportunities, and more!

Learn more

Calling all makers, artisans, and crafters!

Apply to be an artisan vendor at OCTavern Festival

The focus of OCTavern Festival is on regional agriculture and locally-made products. On Saturday, October 9th from 11 AM to 5 PM, Stone-Tolan will host a curated selection of makers, artisans, and craftspeople working primarily in traditional and natural materials (paper, wood, clay, floral, fiber, skincare, etc).

A limited number of complimentary vendor opportunities will be offered to artisans who specialize in these types of materials. Applications for OCTavern Festival vendors are being accepted through July 14th.

Apply here

Explore Architecture in the Wild with the YUPs

Our Young Urban Preservationists are back with their outdoor walking tour classes for the summer! In these classes, the YUPs take students out onto the streets to explore Rochester’s architectural history in its natural setting. Classes are held through the Rochester Brainery and registration is available on the Brainery’s website (follow the link below). Don’t delay–capacity is limited and these classes sell out quickly! (And stay tuned as the YUPs add more August classes to the schedule)

If you missed it this spring, the YUPs are also repeating their virtual class, The Rocks That Built Rochester. It’s a must-see if you like geology and/or architecture.

  • 7/20 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Maplewood’s Seneca Parkway
  • 7/26 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Corn Hill
  • 8/4 – The Rocks that Built Rochester (virtual)
  • 8/5 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring NOTA’s Architectural History
  • 8/9 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Susan B. Anthony’s Neighborhood
  • 8/13 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Downtown’s Architectural History
  • 8/31 – Crash Course in American Architectural History I – 19th Century (virtual)
  • 9/9 – Architecture in the Wild: Exploring Maplewood’s Seneca Parkway
  • 9/13 – Crash Course in American Architectural History I – 20th Century (virtual)
YUP Brainery classes

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 Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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PHONE: (585) 546-7029 x10 · FAX: (585) 546-4788

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