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.
The event will be held on August 14th. It begins at 3:30 p.m. and should conclude around 6:30 p.m.
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.
Sponsorship opportunities and special display spaces for business-level sponsorships are available. Contact AARCH for more information or visit aarch.org/support/giving/sponsorship for details. Proceeds from this exciting event will benefit AARCH’s preservation, education, and advocacy efforts in towns and communities throughout the Adirondack region.