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What People Say About Our Work... 


This [intensive historic resource] survey is just amazing!!!!  You have done such a complete job.  It is a wonderful piece of work.  You have set it in context so well.  Thanks for your wonderful work!!!


Carolyn Sunquist
Duluth Minnesota
former Chair, Duluth Heritage Preservation Commission
Board of Advisors, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Thank you so very much for your historical recounting of the Van Benschoten Farm... It has given me a greater sense of pride and appreciation of your work and the Van Benschotens. I feel that I am truly part of this magnificent piece of history. I am convinced now more than ever that we definitely contracted the best person possible for this noble historical effort.

Carol Molnar, owner
Margaretville Mountain B&B / Van Benschoten Guest House,
Margaretville, New York


I just finished reading the nomination for National Historic Register and I am, well, moved. Your work on this is extraordinary. This is the first time that I have been exposed to a nomination and had no idea the level of detail involved. And, really, Neil, of course your expertise is significant and the attention to detail by backing up facts with documentation is expected, but your observations and interpretation of Samuel Harrison is fantastic.

Linda M. Tyer, Councilor - Ward 3
City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts


Dear Neil and Jill, Thank you for all of your fine work and effort putting together the nominations for Mendon's National Register districts. We are grateful for your attention to detail and for the high quality of the documents you produced. Please feel free to use me as a reference. Sincerely,



Colleen A. Conley, Chair
Mendon Historical Commission
Mendon, Massachusetts


I want to extend a very heartfelt thanks to you both for the tremendous job you did on the preparation of our Historic Preservation Plan. I am very proud of our Plan and a large part of its success was due to the extra effort that you both gave to this job. Many thanks again for the outstanding job.

Dennis deJonghe, Chair
Saratoga Springs Historic Preservation Plan Committee



The historic survey update conducted by Larson Fisher Associates for the Village of Cobleskill was grant project funded by the Preservation League of New York State highlighted in the organization's 2003 Annual Report. In describing the importance of the project, Cobleskill Historic District Review Commission member Debbie Yoder was quoted: "We use the survey at every meeting...it allows us to better educated the public about Cobleskill's wonderful buildings."

2003 Annual Report of the
Preservation League of New York State


Neil Larson joined the nonprofit board of The Woodstock Guild of Craftsmen, Inc. in 1995. He was invited to join because of his deep love of the history of the Hudson Valley, his professional experience in architectural preservation and appreciation of the importance of the 1902 Byrdcliffe Art Colony...He serves on the Property Committee and Chairs the Collections Sub-Committee where he plays an important role in directing the conservation of our now growing collection of paper, paintings, furniture and historic objects...Thank goodness that Neil Larson came along when he did and brought the world of preservation and its standards to our attention. The Woodstock Guild is deeply indebted to Neil.

Carla Smith, Executive Director
The Woodstock Guild of Craftsmen



Dear Neil: Thank you for assisting us in one of the best New York Folk Lore Society forums we have had in years. We appreciate the kind donation of your time to educate scholars and enthusiasts from the region. I hope this is the beginning of a long collaboration in presenting the material culture of New York State.

Dale W. Johnson
New York Folk Lore Society


As a property owner in Rockland County for 30 years, I certainly appreciated what you had to say in your article "GE, EPA & PCBs" [in the February 2003 issue of Planning Magazine]. Thank you !.

Dr. Floyd Lapp
Fellow, American Institute of Certified Planners


Whereas the Cider mill Friends in their attempt to save the mill have successfully secured listing of the Kimlin Cider Mill, on of the oldest cider mills in America, on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places...does hereby honor and commend the volunteers of the Cider Mill Friends in support of their good work.

2003 Commendation
by the Dutchess County Legislature


Thank you for the National Register nomination that you submitted for the Samuel Harrison House in Pittsfield. MHC staff has completed the preliminary review process. This is a fine nomination; it substantially enriches our understanding of the building type and its primary occupant, and could serve both as a model for future nominations and as a guide for future interpretations of the property itself.

Betsy Friedberg
National Register Director
Massachusetts Historical Commission


Thank you for an outstanding presentation of the Town of Millville, specifically the National Register Main Street District. You have painted a graphic picture of the area; your written descriptions are clear and detailed and they do present a visual picture of the district. You have written another important chapter in our town's history. Thank you, Neil!

Margaret M. Carroll, Chairman
Town of Millville Historical Commission


Several years ago, when the town of Mamakating wanted to learn how much of the D & H Canal still existed, their condition, location and who owned them, it hired Larson Fisher Associates. Neil and Jill produced an inventory of every land parcel the canal had once crossed, assessed its condition, determined the ownership, located it on today's maps and produced a wealth of additional information, maps and photographs at a very reasonable cost. This inventory gave us a blueprint of what to do to develop two miles of the towpath trail and started one of our major projects in motion. We would highly recommend their work to any community.


Kerron Barnes
Intergovernmental Coordinator,
Town of Mamakating, New York