Proposed negative changes to the National Register will not be implemented, thanks to advocates like you!

In April of 2019, the National Parks Service proposed some changes to the laws which guide and regulate the listing of properties to the National Register of Historic Places. These changes threatened to undermine the spirit under which the Register was first established by law, to give unfair and undemocratic advantage to the wealthy, and to give the power of saving a significant property to the federal government rather than the state and local authorities. These changes would have affected both architectural and archaeological resources.

The proposed changes sought to eliminate the voice of the SHPO’s when it came to Federal properties, or land under control of a Federal agency. This would have included everything from a local historic post office to tracts of ancient and sacred Native American land. It was a clear and transparent attempt to open-up protected (or protectable) land for development. Another change to the rules would have been a shift in the very concept of the one-person, one-vote concept giving the “veto power” the largest property owner within a proposed district.

These protocol changes were all geared toward the same end: to reduce state and local power in favor of the federal government and to open up protected land to development and destruction. However, thanks to the advocacy work of preservation groups and ordinary citizens across the country. This kind of advocacy is as crucial now as it was in the earliest days of historic preservation in America. To all our neighbors who sent their comments to the NPS, or who contacted their local representatives and told them not to pursue these changes – thank you!

PACNY receives 2020 New York State Historic Preservation Award!

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (NYSOPRHP) has awarded PACNY with a 2020 New York State Historic Preservation Award for Excellence in historic Preservation organizational Achievement!

After a tumultuous year in which our organization met a variety of challenges, PACNY is emerging with a renewed sense of purpose and energy. Despite the obstacles we have all faced, the support of our membership and fellow preservation advocates has kept us moving forward into the future (but with an eye to the past of course)!

In 2020, we held our first virtual awards ceremony on November 6, 2020 and awarded seven recipients for their work advancing historic preservation in Central New York. The entire presentation is available on our newly launched YouTube channel!

PACNY also served as a co-sponsor of the 2020 Statewide Preservation Conference, conducted virtually December 1-3, 2020 and attended by hundreds of preservationists throughout the northeastern United States.

2021 is shaping up to be an exciting year for PACNY, so please stay tuned to our social media platforms to get the latest updates!


DECEMBER 1-3, 2020

PACNY is proud to partner with the Landmarks Society of Western New York, the Preservation League of New York State, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation to bring relevant and meaningful content to you at this year’s statewide preservation conference!


Together with our Conference partners and sponsors, we’re also stretching out the breakout sessions over two days so that you don’t have to choose between your favorite sessions. With the new Opening Plenaries on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and Lightning Round presentations Tuesday evening, we’ll have more opportunities for discussions that push the preservation field forward. Join us!

AND – don’t forget to apply for a range of scholarships still available to conference attendees!