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Historic Preservation and Rural Renewal

This three-part course series, offered in partnership with The Landmark Society of Western New York, Genesee Country Village & Museum, and the Perry Main Street Association, introduces students to the field of Historic Preservation and Traditional Trades.

Students will learn about the history of the preservation movement in the U.S., how preservation is helping to revitalize rural communities in the Genesee Valley Region and give voice to often overlooked historic contexts (Native American, African American, women, LGBTQ+). Students will learn about the skills and trades that contribute to the field, and can participate in a hands-on window restoration workshop with a national expert in the field. Through class discussions, readings and guest talks, students will engage with real world problems and opportunities in this dynamic and growing field.

Who is this for?

  • College or high school students interested in learning more about the field of historic preservation and the traditional trades
  • Professionals currently working in the preservation field, or allied fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and museums, interested in advancing in their careers.
  • Trades professionals or others with trades skills interested in pursuing a more specialized discipline.
  • Owners of historic homes, anyone interested in historic preservation and working with their hands! 

These courses can be combined for a full three credits or participants can choose to take any one or two classes. These courses also meet the eligibility criteria for American Institute of Architects (AIA) continuing education requirements. Earn up to 36 AIA learning credits. See the course details section below for more information. 

Questions? Contact the Center for Integrative Learning ( at SUNY Geneseo for further information. 

Course Details + Fees

IARL 288-1: Intro to Preservation Theory & History (CRN 80224)

This course introduces students to the practice and evolution of historic preservation. Using the Genesee Valley and the Rust Belt regions as examples, the course will trace the field from its origins as a grassroots effort to save George Washington’s home in the 1850s, to its professionalization in the 1960s. The course will explore how preservation continues to adapt in the 21st century to represent traditionally marginalized groups such as African Americans, Native Americans, women, and the LBGTQ+ community. Students will also explore the theories and principles behind today’s professional preservation practice. Students will have a chance to meet area professionals and to work on site at the Old School in Perry and/or online. This course is one of three one-credit courses offered in partnership with The Landmark Society of Western New York, Genesee Country Village & Museum, and the Perry Main Street Association.

Dates: Wednesday, January 6 - Friday, January 8, 2021. 

Time: 10am - 3pm 

Location: The Perry Old School, 59 Leicester St, Perry, NY 14530 (online options available)

Course Tuition and Fees: $316.90 (NYS) / $374.90 (Out of state)

Credits (1)

AIA Learning Units (10)

IARL 288-2: Career Pathways in Historic Preservation/Traditional Trades (CRN 80225)

This course will introduce students to a wide range of careers and applied learning opportunities in Historic Preservation, including preservation and urban planning, the traditional trades, real estate development, architecture and design, historic site and museum management, and more. Students will have the chance to visit key locations in person or virtually. This course is one of three one-credit courses offered in partnership with The Landmark Society of Western New York, Genesee Country Village & Museum and the Perry Main Street Association.

Dates: Wednesday, January 20 - Friday, January 22, 2021

Time: 10am - 3pm 

Location: online / field visits to multiple locations

Course Tuition and Fees: $316.90 (NYS) / $374.90 (Out of state)

Credits (1)

AIA Learning Units (10)

IARL 288-3: Introduction to Historic Window Restoration [Field Experience] (CRN 80226)

This course introduces students to the repair and restoration of historic wood windows in older buildings. Students will gain intensive, hands-on experience in window repair, working with a national expert in the field. The course will also introduce students to the array of traditional trades, including blacksmithing and tinsmithing. The course will be held at the Genesee Country Village & Museum, New York's largest living history museum, where students will learn how to assess preservation needs and gain hands-on experience in all stages of the window restoration process. Students will connect these practical skills to a wider understanding of the historic preservation field. This course is one of three one-credit courses offered in partnership with The Landmark Society of Western New York, Genesee Country Village & Museum and the Perry Main Street Association.

Dates: Saturdays, January 9, 16, 23, and 30 

Time: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd, Mumford, NY 14511

Course Tuition and Fees:

  • Currently enrolled SUNY students $316.90 (1 credit)
  • Non-students $450 (no credit)
  • Non-students $600 (1 credit)

Credits (1) - optional

AIA Learning Units (16)

How to Register

Currently enrolled students

Register through myGeneseo using the CRNs. For full information on intersession, please visit the Intersession website. The deadline to register is January 4, 2021.

Non-students/community members

The deadline to register is January 4, 2021. Use this form to select which courses you would like to take and we will send you the registration link to reserve your spot. Please notice that out of state residents enroll at a higher rate than NYS residents. Please see this page for information and costs.


About the Instructors

Wayne Goodman is the Executive Director of The Landmark Society of Western New York. Wayne graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Wyoming.  He works with communities, local organizations and individuals to preserve historic resources of all varieties and routinely collaborates with real estate professionals, architects and elected officials.  Previous to his work in New York, Wayne worked for Indiana Landmarks, the nation’s largest statewide preservation organization.  He serves on the Board of Preservation Action, is a member of the New York State Board for Historic Preservation, the Monroe County Parks Advisory Board, and the Town of Brighton’s Historic Preservation Commission.  Wayne served as Graduate Faculty at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning from 2007-2011, where he instructed architecture and preservation courses. 

Wayne Goodman, Executive Director, Landmark Society Western NY 

Caitlin Meives is the Director of Preservation at The Landmark Society of Western New York, a regional not-for-profit historic preservation organization based in Rochester and serving a nine-county area in western New York. Caitlin holds a M.S. in historic preservation from the University of Vermont and B.A. in history and Spanish from the University of Rochester. Prior to her employment at The Landmark Society in 2010, she served as the Survey Coordinator at the Kansas State Historic Preservation Office. In her position at The Landmark Society, Caitlin works directly with municipal officials, developers, neighborhood and community advocates, and property owners of all types to assist in the rehabilitation and revitalization of historic buildings, structures, landscapes, and communities. She is also the co-founder and President of The Landmark Society’s Young Urban Preservationists.

Caitlin Meives, The Landmark Society of Western NY

Larry Francer joined the Landmark Society as the Associate Director of Preservation in September of 2012 with 20 years of preservation experience, much in small towns and villages. Francer was promoted to Associate Director of The Landmark Society in 2019 as his responsibilities had grown from a strictly preservation focus to a full organizational level. Grass roots preservationist, courthouse activist, business owner, religious leader, Zumba enthusiast, filmmaker and actor – Larry Francer is a true renaissance man.  Before moving to Rochester, Larry and his husband, Jerome Herron, lived in Farmland, Indiana for over two decades where they worked tirelessly to help turn that tiny town into a true destination. Francer was Co-Executive Producer of the documentary “Courthouse Girls of Farmland,” which, among other honors, won 1st place Audience award at the Breckinridge Festival of Film.

Larry Francer, The Landmark Society of Western NY

Steve Jordan is the author of The Window Sash Bible, and has been in the old-house repair and restoration business for forty years, exclusively repairing and restoring thousands of windows over the past twelve years. He is a graduate of Cornell University’s Historic Preservation Program and was a contributing editor for Old-House Journal for 17 years. Steve was formerly rehab advisor for The Landmark Society of Western New York and an architectural conservator for Bero Architecture. Steve is the author of the award-winning Rehab Rochester: A Sensible Guide for Old-House Maintenance, Repair, and Rehabilitation (The Landmark Society of Western New York, Rochester, NY, 1995) and co-author of Painting Kitchens: How to Choose and Use the Right Paint for Your Kitchen Walls, Ceilings, Floors, Cabinets, Countertops, and Appliances (Quarry Books, Gloucester, MA, 2004). Steve grew up in rural West Tennessee, attended Memphis State University, and now lives and works in Rochester, New York.

Steve Jordan, Window Restoration Expert 

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