Buffalo’s Young Preservationists (BYP) is an energized group of dedicated historic preservationists actively sharing our knowledge and passion for our region’s historic built environment. We are young professionals and university students in preservation and other related fields, such as architecture, planning, history, and the arts. Don’t be dissuaded by the “young” aspect of the group, there no age restrictions for the BYP and we encourage people of all ages to participate.
The mission of the BYP is to engage, educate, and mobilize young preservationists of Western New York in the identification, stewardship, and advocacy of the region’s rich built history. The main objectives of the group are to mobilize and mentor young and emerging preservationists, promote preservation, and community/cultural events for young professionals and students and create opportunities for hands-on preservation and professional development.
The first event which the BYP will take part in is the annual Buffalo Central Terminal Clean-Up on May 14th. Please meet at the Buffalo Central Terminal at 495 Paderewski Drive, Buffalo, NY 14212 at 10:30am for their Spring Clean-Up and an update of the Terminal’s major restoration work and recently released Master Plan from BYP member Paul Lang.
Volunteers with BYP will engage in specific hands-on preservation work at the Terminal and reach out to the surrounding East Side neighbors during the clean-up. Participants are asked to dress accordingly for dirty work. Additional tools and supplies are welcome. Food will follow the event and allow the volunteers to meet, network, and further develop ideas for fulfilling BYP’s mission to engage young preservationists in Buffalo and throughout the region.
The BYP is also taking part in the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference in October. The group will host an Affinity Session in order to further promote group and engage interested people. Save the date, October 19, 2011, location TBA.
Currently the founding core members include Meagan Baco, Elizabeth Gerber, Paul Lang, Jill Nowicki, Michael Puma, Fred Schrock, Jennifer Walkowski, and Jason Wilson.