A message from KHC Chairman Bob Griffith
On behalf of Governor Steve Beshear I am pleased to announce that Craig A. Potts has been appointed as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Heritage Council and State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO). Craig is currently KHC program administrator for Site Protection, and his appointment is effective June 1, 2013. I am sure that all of you will want to join me in wishing Craig every success in this job, one that is so important to all Kentuckians and to us.
The council and staff also wish to thank Lindy Casebier, whose service and leadership as interim executive director and SHPO has been invaluable.
Stephen L. Collins honored with Ida Lee Willis Memorial Award
Stephen L. Collins, of Shelbyville, was honored with the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Award during the 35th annual presentation of the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards. The memorial award is the highest honor the foundation bestows each year during the ceremony, which took place Thursday, May 23, at the Governor’s Mansion.
The awards are presented in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council. Collins is vice chairman of the council, chairman of the Kentucky Historic Properties Advisory Commission and longtime chairman of the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation. His fellow foundation board members chose to honor him this year for his lifetime of service to preservation.
Collins was presented the silver memorial cup by Marcheta Sparrow, secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.
“Steve has many accomplishments to his credit, and his influence and service to history and preservation in the Commonwealth extends to every corner of the state,” Secretary Sparrow said. “He has served the preservation community since he was a teenager – giving his time, money and leadership to the field – and Kentucky is the better for it.”
The awards are presented each May, which is National Historic Preservation Month. They recognize those who have demonstrated an understanding of and appreciation for the value of preserving and reusing Kentucky’s historic resources, whether through the rehabilitation of an important structure or community resource, or lifetime commitment to encouraging and promoting historic preservation. The awards are named for the late Ida Lee Willis, a former Kentucky first lady who was appointed first executive director of the Kentucky Heritage Commission (now the Kentucky Heritage Council) in 1966. The foundation was chartered in 1979 to honor her efforts in helping preserve Kentucky’s historic and archaeological resources. Her daughter, Sally Willis Meigs, continues her mother’s legacy with her service on the foundation board.
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Others were honored Thursday for outstanding projects and service. Preservation Project Awards, for outstanding examples of restoration or rehabilitation of historic buildings, went to:
The Cox Building, Maysville – Accepted by Mayor David Cartmell. Rehabilitation of this circa 1887, 19,500-square-foot building in Maysville’s historic district, following years of deterioration and a devastating fire, was cited “for having a major, positive impact in the community, and it goes on record as one of the most significant endeavors that the city of Maysville and the Maysville Renaissance/Main Street program have undertaken.”
Rockcastle River Historic Truss Bridge – Accepted by advocate Jim Hays and Phil Logsdon with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC). The 1930s-era Pennsylvania Petit steel truss bridge linking Rockcastle and Laurel counties, one of only three still existing in Kentucky, was scheduled to be replaced; however, KYTC made the decision to restore it instead, following advocacy efforts to preserve it. The project was honored “in recognition of the passionate advocacy efforts of Jim Hays to save the Highway 490 bridge, and the willingness of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to reassess its initial decision to rebuild.”
Sadieville Rosenwald School – Accepted by Mayor Claude Christensen and City Clerk Cindy Foster. Rehabilitation of the school, a modest, white-frame structure built to educate African American schoolchildren during the era of segregation, was cited “as a true community project” championed by Christensen and Foster.
Service to Preservation Awards, honoring those who have furthered historic preservation activities or had had a positive impact in their communities, went to:
Nancy Adams, Pine Mountain Settlement School – Cited for launching a series of hands-on preservation training workshops on the buildings of this National Historic Landmark campus, starting in 2003, in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council. The workshops drew participants from across the nation for training in traditional building skills such as wood and steel window repair, plaster and masonry repair, and removal of vinyl siding. Adams has announced she will be leaving her position in June, and “she leaves behind a legacy of creativity and innovation worthy of this school.”
Keith Nagle, Discover Downtown Middlesboro – Recognized for his “ongoing dedication and service to historic preservation” in this Bell County community, including his leadership of Discover Downtown Middlesboro Inc., the local Main Street program. Nagle was compared to the character of George Bailey in the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” for his efforts. “Such is the impact that he has had. Today, Middlesboro is a better place because of him.”
Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation deTours Committee, led by board member sponsor Pamela Perlman – The monthly outings at downtown locations, free to the public, were cited for attracting a new generation of young professionals to become more engaged in historic preservation. “The deTours are literally opening doors to unique locations and providing a social venue to encourage residents to become more familiar with local history and the process and benefits of adaptive reuse.”
New this year, the awards selection committee voted to give special awards to two groups “for the extraordinary passion the nominees had for the historic sites they were working to preserve, and for the very personal commitment of time and resources these individuals had invested to ensure these places were preserved for future generations.” Recipients of the first Grassroots Preservation Awards were:
Obie Fardo, Frank Hussung, Billie Newman and Charlie Pyles, for rehabilitation of Bethel Church and Cemetery in Pendleton County – Presented by foundation board member Chuck Parrish, who noted the average age of these men “was about 70, all were retired, they shared a knack for ‘fixing’ things, and each had compassion and respect for history… Individually and as a team, they worked with sustained dedication from 2007 to 2012, in the common cause of cleaning up and preserving the site. Extraordinary hardships and disasters were experienced that might have caused others to abandon the project, but their belief in the importance of what they were doing was strong.”
Friends of Sherman Tavern, Dry Ridge – Presented by board chair Collins, who recounted that this group of volunteers began work in 2007 to preserve this circa 1812 tavern. “By 2011 more than $30,000 had been raised and spent on preserving the building – all from private donations, yard sales, bake sales and dinners. An estimated 6,000 man-hours were donated by a core group of about 20 men and women, assisted by inmates of the Grant County Detention Center. Work continues today as the restoration process continues, but the Friends of Sherman Tavern’s goal is in sight, as the building is put back into use as a community meeting place, museum and educational learning lab.”
The Preservation Payoff
Each year the Kentucky Heritage Council compiles information about the impact of historic preservation in each of Kentucky's six Congressional districts. These data sheets quantify the financial and cultural value that KHC programs such as rehab tax credits and the Kentucky Main Street Program generate in investment back into communities. This information is presented both cumulatively (statewide) and by district, and projects in each district of particular interest are highlighted.
Two documents have been created for each Congressional district based on 2012 statistics - one of general interest, and a separate data sheet showing the impressive economic impact generated by state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credit programs administered by KHC. Find these in the column at right.
Please use these to help illustrate the economic and cultural impact that historic preservation programs are having in your community!
In 2012, Annville Institute in Jackson County was listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Kentucky Main Street Program Highlight
Former KHC Executive Director David Morgan presented Springfield with the first David L. Morgan Outstanding Main Street Partner Award, for Springfield's downtown marketing partnership with St. Catharine College
In 2012, Kentucky Main Street programs reported $129,512,869 total investment in Kentucky Main Street communities, representing, cumulatively, $86,935,584 in public investment from all sources, matched by $42,577,291 in private investment, and supported by 104,985 volunteer hours committed by KYMS board members and community supporters! These statewide figures include:
- -- 1,234 net jobs created in Main Street districts
- -- 279 new businesses created
- -- 111 new housing units in downtowns
- -- 321 downtown buildings rehabilitated
Over three decades, $3.73 billion in public-private investment statewide can be documented through Kentucky Main Street programs.
Certified Local Government highlight
Coordinated by the National Park Service, the Certified Local Government (CLG) program designates local city and county governments that enact local historic preservation ordinances, recognizing that these Kentucky communities are dedicated to historic preservation as a public policy and actively protect their historic places. Kentucky currently has 23 participating communities; statewide, for FY 2012-13, eight CLGs were awarded grants totaling $81,410 with a local match of $54,273, for $135,683 of combined investment.
Does your legislator, local elected official, family member, friend or neighbor want to know more about historic preservation? Would you like to learn about how current preservation projects across the state are creating jobs, attracting private investment, generating tax revenue, promoting environmental sustainability, contributing to community planning and improving our quality of life? Then check out Preservation Works! Historic Preservation Projects and Case Studies [PDF - 976KB], produced by the Kentucky Heritage Council. For a hard copy, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, CLG and Planning Coordinator, or call 502-564-7005, ext. 126.
... to the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office Web site. Our mission is to identify, preserve and protect the cultural resources of Kentucky. Heritage Council staff administer all state and federal historic preservation and incentive programs in Kentucky, including the National Register of Historic Places. Sixteen Kentucky Heritage Council members are appointed by the governor of the state to serve four year terms on the Heritage Council. Council members live across the state representing the citizens of the Commonwealth and engaging in historic preservation projects.
The Heritage Council is a repository of a priceless assemblage of survey forms, maps, photographs and other images in its unique archival collection of inventories of historic structures and archaeological sites in the state. Our rural heritage is highlighted in a variety of programs including the Kentucky Crossroads Rural Heritage Development Initiative, an rural preservation/economic development partnership with Preservation Kentucky. The Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a partnership with the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology, promotes the preservation of archaeological sites and educates the public about protecting these resources.
The Heritage Council seeks to build a greater awareness of Kentucky's historic places and to encourage the long-term preservation of Kentucky's significant cultural resources. Kentucky leads the nation in the number of Preserve America communities, is fourth in the number of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and administers the federal and statewide rehabilitation tax credit programs.