2016 NY Statewide Preservation Conference

 The 2016 Statewide Preservation Conference will take place May 5-7th in Albany and Troy. We’re moving east to the Capital Region to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

 This year’s Conference theme is Preservation50: NYS. Preservation50 is a nationwide effort to celebrate, learn from, and leverage the NHPA’s first five decades to assure historic preservation’s vibrant future in America. The 2016 Statewide Preservation Conference will be all about celebrating our past achievements and planning for the future of historic preservation in New York State.

This 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!

WHO IS THE CONFERENCE FOR?  Grassroots preservationists in villages, rural towns, and cities throughout New York; professionals working in the field or allied fields (architects, planners, landscape architects, developers, etc.); elected officials and municipal board members; city neighborhood leaders/activists; students in preservation and allied fields.

CONFERENCE FILM:  The Neighborhood That Disappeared  - A documentary by Mary Paley

 In 1962, one of the most massive urban renewal projects in American history sterilized the cultural and ethnic heart of Albany, New York. An arrangement made by first term Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller and longtime Albany Mayor, Erastus Corning the 2nd, displaced almost eight percent of the City’s diverse population, razed more than a thousand buildings, dislodged 3,600 households, and closed 350 businesses.

 More information available at http://landmarksociety.org/conference/

Or contact: Daniel McEneny, Public Outreach, Division for Historic Preservation, 518.268.2162, Daniel.McEneny@parks.ny.gov Caitlin Meives, Preservation Planner, The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc., (585) 546-7029 x27, cmeives@landmarksociety.org.