Talks & Presentations

Our talks and presentations are a great way to learn and dialog about architecture, preservation, and the communities in our region and beyond! AARCH has presented talks from Herkimer to Chazy, Big Moose Lake to Diamond Point, and many locations in-between. We also partner with many regional and statewide friends and supporters to deliver presentations and webinars on numerous topics that intersect with historic preservation and our work in communities across the Adirondacks.

If you would like to explore a topic with us, speak on a related subject, or share your suggestions, please contact AARCH by email or by phone: (518) 834-9328. 

For examples of past talks delivered by AARCH staff, click on this document: Talks and Presentations. Some of these are available by request. Note: For co-sponsored talks, contact the host organization regarding parking, cost, accessibility, and reservations. 

2022 Virtual Talks & Webinars

Although these programs are offered free, AARCH asks attendees to consider a donation. Your generosity helps ensure programs like this can keep happening throughout the year.

Preserving Historic Barns Webinar
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
4:00 – 6:00 PM


Historic barns embody the labor, charm, and wisdom associated with New York’s rich agricultural past. These storied structures continue to serve as vital farm infrastructure in our present and future.

Join Adirondack Architectural Heritage and a panel of experts to learn about identifying historic barn types and using the revitalized New York State Historic Barns Tax Credit program. Preservationists Tom Visser, Olivia Brazee, and Eric Teed will discuss the importance of retaining our historic barn stock, accessing financial assistance for barn rehabilitation, and supporting the appreciation and stewardship of our region’s most vibrant agricultural architecture.

This webinar will be followed by a Q&A period, where our three experts will address audience questions and comments. This event is FREE and open to the public via Zoom thanks to funding from the Adirondack Foundation’s Generous Acts Grant Program.


Thomas D. Visser of the University of Vermont Department of History and Historic Preservation Program is the author of the award-winning Field Guide to New England Barns and Farm Buildings. Professor Visser has taught courses at UVM since 1985 on historic preservation planning and policy, researching historic buildings and sites, architectural conservation, history of American building technology, and other topics. In addition to completing nearly two hundred professional reports, projects, and nominations to the National Register of Historic Places, Visser’s articles and works have been published in numerous journals, and he also leads professional workshops and speaks regularly to organizations and groups on a variety of community preservation topics.

Olivia Brazee is a Historic Site Restoration Coordinator at the Division for Historic Preservation of the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (aka the State Historic Preservation Office). She conducts project reviews under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Section 14.09/the NYS Historic Preservation Act, and reviews applications for the federal Historic Tax Credit program for commercial properties. Olivia is also Program Administrator for the Barn Tax Credit program. Olivia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Latin American Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University and worked at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission prior to coming to SHPO.

Eric Teed is a photographer and writer in New Russia, NY. He worked as a helper with timber-framer Jack Van Wie to restore his 19th century barn in 2020 and a sister barn nearby in 2021. He documented both projects in photos and wrote an Adirondack Explorer article about these restorations. Eric will bring an owner’s perspective and discuss the joy and pride he found in barn restoration.

Past 2022 Webinars

Thursday, April 28 | 7:00 PM  
Historic Homeowners State Tax Credit Webinar
Co-Sponsored with Warrensburgh Beautification, Inc. and Warrensburgh Historical Society
Featuring Frances Stern, Historic Site Restoration Coordinator for the State Office of Historic Preservation

Thursday, April 7 | 12:00 PM  
Preservation Roundtable: Grassroots Efforts to Save Historic Buildings
Co-Sponsored with Preservation League of New York State
Featuring Andy Buchanan, Project Director of Whallonsburg’s Whitcomb’s Garage; Shameika Ingram, Creator of Preservation in Color, spearheading effort to save Watertown’s Thomas Memorial AME Zion Church; Jill Tefft, Owner/Founder of Greenwich’s Gramp’s Old School; and Haley Whalen, Owner of Schenectady’s Arthur’s 1795

Thursday, March 3 | 6:30 PM
Exploring Carceral Architecture in the Adirondacks
Featuring Clarence Jefferson Hall Jr.
Assistant Professor of History, Queensborough Community College, CUNY

Tuesday, February 15 | 6:30 PM
Searching for Timbuctoo Filmmaker Virtual Presentation
Featuring Filmmaker Paul Miller
Senior Director of Advancement Communications at University at Albany, SUNY

Tuesday, February 8 | 6:30 PM
Poke-O-Moonshine and Adirondack Fire Towers
Featuring David Thomas-Train
Friends of Poke-O-Moonshine Coordinator & Educator

Past Virtual Presentations

August 2021
Preservation in the Adirondacks
Featuring Steven Engelhart, AARCH Executive Director & Howie Kirschenbaum, Founding AARCH Board President
Preservation League of New York State (Virtual)

May 2021
Historic Bridges of the Adirondacks
Steven Engelhart, AARCH Executive Director
Saratoga Springs Public Library & Glens Falls Saratoga Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club (Virtual)

July 2021
The Legacy of Harvey Kaiser’s Great Camps of the Adirondacks
Steven Engelhart, AARCH Executive Director
The Adirondack Experience (Virtual)

November 2020
Isaac Johnson: Stone Mason and Freedom Seeker
Nolan Cool, AARCH Educational Programs Director
Utica College Center for Historical Research (Virtual)