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Valcour Inn & Boathouse, Peru
Saturday, August 14, 2020  |  3:30 – 6:30 PM

Please join AARCH staff, board members, and special guests for an exceptional summer afternoon at the  scenic Valcour Inn and Boathouse.

After 27 years of spirited, cherished, and defining leadership and success, AARCH’s founding Executive Director Steven Engelhart will be retiring this fall. Join us for an afternoon celebration to honor Steven, his great success, and his storied career as the most recognizable champion of historic preservation in communities across the Adirondack region and beyond. Attendees will be able to thank Steven for all of his good work, and learn more about what lies ahead for himself and for AARCH. Relax and reflect on AARCH’s 30 years of building a historic preservation ethic across the Adirondacks with staff, board members, and fellow members and friends.

Our venue, the historic Valcour Inn and Boathouse, sits on the  storied shores on Lake Champlain. The property was sold in 1897 to Pennsylvania Congressman Joseph C. Sibley, whom workers built a large house and the boathouse that still stands today. A fire destroyed the original house, but Sibley’s daughter, Celia Sibley Wilson , rebuilt the house in 1926, which today serves as the inn. The property stayed in the hands of the family until 1951. Twelve years later in 1963, Plattsburgh State Teachers College Benevolent and Educational Association (now College Auxiliary Services—CAS) purchased the building for use as a conference and retreat center. CAS still owns the site and hosts conferences, retreats and campus events for SUNY Plattsburgh as well as the general public.

As we celebrate along the restorative, scenic shores of Lake Champlain, sip a signature inspired cocktail featuring locally-made craft spirits by Altona distillery Murray’s Fools Distilling Co., makers of  fine small batches of vodka, brandy, whisky, and aquavit. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and friendly conversation, and listen to the jazz and contemporary sounds of the Wickmoore Jazz Trio.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Individual tickets are $150 per person. Young Preservationist tickets are $40 (ages 30 and under). Price includes delicious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, an opportunity to thank Steven, and the chance to mingle and chat with fellow members and friends.

To purchase tickets, call (518) 834-9328, write or go to

Sponsorship opportunities and special display spaces for business-level sponsorships are available. Contact for more information or purchase sponsorships directly on our website HERE. Proceeds from this exciting event will benefit AARCH’s preservation efforts in towns and communities throughout the Adirondack Park.

Can’t attend but wish to support the event and our work?  Make a One-Time Donation HERE.
Thank you for supporting Adirondack Architectural Heritage.