2013 Sacred Places Symposium – November 16, 2013, 9:30 am – 4:15 pm

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Program ScheduleSpeaker BiosTrack 1 SessionsTrack 2 Sessions

2013sept12_sacredplacesThe Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) will present the first ‘SACRED PLACES SYMPOSIUM’ on Saturday, NOVEMBER 16th from 9:30 am to 4:15 pm, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 310 Montgomery Street in Syracuse, New York. This one-day event will address many challenges and opportunities associated with some of the region’s most culturally and architecturally valued buildings and places – including insights and case studies on assessing, maintaining, funding, and reusing religious properties and sacred sites. The Symposium will bring together an array of expert practitioners to discuss the issues that can determine the fate of these magnificent community places, and the neighborhoods that surround them.

Attendees will be able to choose from sessions offered in two learning tracks: SUSTAINING SACRED PLACES, or RE-USING FORMER SACRED SITES. The Keynote Speaker will be A. Robert Jaeger, Co-Founder and President of Partners for Sacred Places, who will discuss the importance of protecting, preserving, and repurposing our Sacred Places. Mr. Jaeger is the co-author of Sacred Places at Risk (PDF, 1998) and Strategies for Stewardship and Active Use of Older and Historic Religious Properties (1996), author of Sacred Places in Transition (1994), and editor (from 1985 to 1989) of Inspired, a bi-monthly magazine with news and technical articles on religious property preservation.

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St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral interior.

Specific ‘Sacred Places’ topics will include: Conditions Surveys, On-Going Maintenance, Energy Concerns, Historic Significance, Funding Possibilities, and Preservation Networking – with case studies including Grace Episcopal Church, Syracuse; Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, Buffalo; and Friends of Corpus Christi, Inc., Buffalo. This symposium will also address Cultural Identity; Community & Neighborhood Stability; Economic Value; and New Uses for Sacred Places – with case studies including a Community Facility – Willard Memorial Chapel, Auburn; Restaurant – The Benediction Café, AME Zion Church, Syracuse; and a School – Martin Luther King Charter School at St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, Buffalo.

Registration: There will be a registration fee of $40 for the all day symposium which will be offered to the general public, with a discounted fee of $25 available to PACNY members. Symposium registration and PACNY membership options are available on our Event Registration Page.


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St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral at 310 Montgomery Street. Click for directions.

Parking: Parking on the day of the event is available in the Key Bank drive-through parking lot on E. Washington Street. Hotel rooms for Symposium Attendees are available at a special discounted rate of $129 at the Hotel Skyler in Syracuse by calling call (800) 365-4663 and asking for the “Preservation Association block at the Hotel Skyler.” Additional information about the Preservation Association of Central New York as well as detailed Sacred Places Symposium session schedules, descriptions, and speaker bios will be available at pacny.net.