Registration Now Open For The 2016 PACNY Awards Ceremony

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The Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) will celebrate outstanding preservation projects and preservation advocates in its annual awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, in the Grand Ballroom at the Marriott Downtown Syracuse. The Marriott, formerly the Hotel Syracuse at 100 East Onondaga St., will receive two awards just weeks after the reopening of the restored grand hotel.

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The reception is $20 for PACNY members and $30 for nonmembers. Register in advance by Friday, July 15, via Laura Hand of WSTM-TV will emcee the event.

“We’re thrilled to present these awards as the community celebrates the potential of preservation demonstrated by the stunning restoration of the former Hotel Syracuse,” says Murray Gould, PACNY’s board president. “That project, and the enthusiasm that has greeted it, remind us that preserving important properties can lift a community’s morale as well as contribute to the cultural and economic well-being of Central New York.”

PACNY has presented annual historic preservation awards since 1972 to recognize owners, builders, artisans, designers, educators and activists who work to renew the beauty and utility of some of the region’s most distinctive architectural and notable historic sites. PACNY awards celebrate the success of preservation and its role in the economic, social, and cultural vitality of Central New York.

Following are this year’s honorees:

* The Jasena R. Foley Education Award, given to individuals or groups who educate, promote, engender or advocate a preservation ethic in Central New York, goes to the Oswego Renaissance Association, Oswego.

* The Pat Earle Award, given for a singular outstanding historic preservation project that benefits the community, goes to the Hotel Syracuse.

* The Preservation Merit Award, given in recognition of exceptional achievement in historic preservation, goes to the Samaritan Center, Syracuse; 538 Erie, Syracuse; and the Huntley Building, Syracuse. Katelyn Wright, executive director of the Greater Syracuse Land Bank, will also receive the Preservation Merit Award.

* The Stewardship Award, given to individuals, organizations or civic agencies that have maintained exceptionally high standards of care for historic properties or landscapes, goes to St. James Episcopal Church, Skaneateles.

* The Wilma T. Auer Award, given to volunteers who have made particularly outstanding contributions to PACNY, goes to Patricia O’Reilly. O’Reilly is a community developer at New York State Homes and Community Renewal and a former PACNY board member.

* The Harley J. McKee Award, given for excellence in the promotion and application of appropriate preservation technology and fine craftsmanship, goes to the Hotel Syracuse.

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2016 PACNY Awards – Tuesday, July 19 At The Marriott Downtown Syracuse

2016may10_pacny_newlogoPlease join the Preservation Association of Central New York for our Annual Awards Event on Tuesday, July 19 at 6:00 PM in the beautifully restored Persian Terrace at the Marriott Downtown Syracuse (i.e., the Hotel Syracuse, 100 East Onondaga Street, Syracuse, NY). PACNY’s annual awards honor noteworthy historic preservation projects, groups, and individuals in the region and celebrate historic preservation triumphs from the past year. Hosting this year’s event in the newly restored Hotel Syracuse highlights the transformative power of historic preservation in our local economy and cultural fabric. Announcements of this year’s award winners to follow.

We hope to see you on July 19!


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“We Are NY” Video Series

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation created a series of short videos featuring personal stories about historic places, including Elmwood Village in Buffalo, Rock Island Lighthouse State Park in the Thousand Islands region and the Underground Railroad History Project in Albany. Each video captures the strong emotional connections that New Yorkers have to their hometowns and heritage. They also show that historic places establish a community’s identity and sense of place as well as enrich our lives, and that these special places are the cornerstones of our shared memories.

Underground Railroad History Project, We Are NY

Elmwood Village, We Are NY

Rock Island Lighthouse, We Are NY