ALBANY — The New York Landmarks Conservancy has announced 21 Sacred Sites Grants totaling $337,000 awarded to historic religious properties throughout New York State, including $10,000 to Glenco Mills United Methodist Church in Livingston and $3,500 to Church of St. John in the Wilderness in Copake Falls.

“Our current grantees have social service programs that reach 53,000 people across New York State,” said Peg Breen, President, The New York Landmarks Conservancy. “Our grants help keep these institutions viable, allowing them to continue feeding programs, day care, thrift stores, and recovery meetings.” In this time of extreme need,” she added, “it is even more important to help these congregations continue to serve their communities.”

The Sacred Sites Program provides congregations with matching grants for planning and implementing exterior restoration projects, technical assistance, and workshops. Since 1986, the program has pledged 1,547 grants totaling more than $11.8 million to 824 religious institutions statewide.

Glenco Mills United Methodist Church in Livingston

Glenco Mills United Methodist Church in Livingston was awarded a $10,000 Sacred Sites Grant to help fund roof replacement. Glenco Mills United Methodist Church is a wood frame, Carpenter-Gothic inspired, one story structure constructed in 1869. The interior likely dates from a 1910 renovation. A simple rectangular wood-frame gable-roofed church hall was built in 1940 to the south of the church. The space is used for civic meetings, weddings, christenings and memorial services, tours, an ecumenical Christmas service, and chamber music concerts that reach over 375 people a year.

Church of St. John in the Wilderness in Copake Falls

Church of St. John in the Wilderness in Copake Falls was awarded a $3,500 Sacred Sites Grant to help fund architectural and engineering services. Located on a small hill, St. John in the Wilderness is one of many small churches in Eastern New York State designed by Richard Upjohn, whose Carpenter-Gothic design features board and batten siding, simple gable-end form, narrow, evenly spaced lancet windows, a side entrance, and a simple, but elegant, exposed-timber wood bellcote. The church hosts recovery meetings; community and cultural activities; art exhibitions; concerts; Copake Falls Day; and the Copake Falls Winter Walk. Combined, these activities reach about 1,500 people a year.

The New York Landmarks Conservancy, a private non-profit organization, has led the effort to preserve and protect New York City’s architectural legacy for more than 45 years. Since its founding, the Conservancy has loaned and granted more than $52 million, which has leveraged more than $1 billion in 1,550 restoration projects throughout New York, revitalizing communities, providing economic stimulus and supporting local jobs. The Conservancy has also offered countless hours of pro bono technical advice to building owners, both nonprofit organizations and individuals. The Conservancy’s work has saved more than a thousand buildings across the City and State, protecting New York’s distinctive architectural heritage for residents and visitors alike today, and for future generations. For information, visit

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