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May is National Historic Preservation Month!

Group photo of Kentucky preservationists at the Governor's Mansion in 2014Throughout May, the Kentucky Heritage Council will be posting some "Did you know?" content and fun facts on Facebook and Twitter, and continuing to use the #MyOldKyHome hashtag to share photos and highlight how preserving and reusing historic buildings and other resources creates a sense of place unique to Kentucky.

The Heritage Council also has several events planned to thank those who are taking the lead in their communities to protect Kentucky's historic resources. Some of Kentucky's brightest stars are in this photo, at left, taken at last year's Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation statewide historic preservation awards at the Governor's Mansion.

Click here for a high-resolution version [JPEG-1.4MB] of the photo, and watch for more about this year's winners. You can also download your own "This is MY Old Kentucky Home" sign [PDF-53KB] - then post your own pic to social media showing YOUR favorite Old Kentucky Home!

Preservation Month events

May 12: At 2 p.m., the public is invited to a ceremony with representatives of Town Square Bank, who will donate the deed to a prehistoric Native American burial mound site in Greenup County to the Archaeological Conservancy, to ensure its preservation and protection.

The elliptical mound is approximately 20' high by 80' long. A preliminary survey has found the earthwork dates to the Fort Ancient or Woodlands period, and could range from 500 to 2,500 years old. The mound is registered by the Office of State Archaeology and has been named Town Square Mound in honor of the generous contribution of the bank.

May 27: Presentation of the 37th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards at the Kentucky Governor's Mansion (invitation only). See photos from the 2014 ceremony, and a list of previous winners [PDF-28KB].

May 28: the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 10 a.m. at Paul Sawyier Public Library, Frankfort, to consider nearly 20 nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Open to the public. Check out the meeting agenda [Word-30KB] and read more about each of the nominations, below:

Calloway County
Swann Tobacco Warehouse W.G. Swann Tobacco Warehouse [PDF-3.2MB]
Clay County
Peabody-Fordson Historic District Peabody-Fordson Historic District [PDF-8.3MB]
Christian County
Baldwin Farmstead Baldwin Farmstead [PDF-1MB]
Daviess County
Kentucky Buggy Company Kentucky Buggy Company [PDF-4MB]
Jefferson County
Roscoe Goose House Roscoe Goose House [PDF-2MB]
Jessamine County
First Vineyard First Vineyard [PDF-704KB]
Kenton County
Duveneck House and Studio Frank Duveneck House & Studio [PDF-2MB]
Magoffin County
Gardner Farmstead Gardner Farmstead [PDF-2.5MB]
McCreary County
Stearns Golf Course Stearns Golf Course [PDF-3.2MB]
Ohio County
Warren County
Moore Insurance Building Charles M. Moore Insurance Building [PDF-1.1MB]
The Architecture of James Maurice Ingram, 1929-1960, Bowling Green [PDF-622KB] encompassing the following four:
Causey House Causey House [PDF-1MB]
Givens House Givens House [PDF-6.4MB]
Woodford County
Versailles Elementary School Versailles Elementary School [PDF-848KB]

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 (top right) quantify the financial and cultural value that KHC programs such as rehabilitation tax credits and the Kentucky Main Street Program generate in economic investment back into communities. This information is presented both cumulatively (statewide) and by district, and a rehab tax credit project in each district of particular interest is highlighted.

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

Preservation Works: Historic Preservation Projects and Case Studies booklet coverPreservation Works

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, email Vicki Birenberg, CLG and Planning Coordinator, or call 502-564-7005, ext. 126.


... to the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office website. 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 from every geographic region are appointed by the governor to serve four-year terms.Morris Fork Community Center, Breathitt County

The Heritage Council is 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 across the state. Our rural heritage is well represented in all of our programs including the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a partnership with the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology, which promotes the preservation of archaeological sites and educates the public about archaeology and the importance of site protection.

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.

Recent Kentucky Heritage Council Press Releases
  • 12 Certified Local Government historic preservation grants awarded to nine Kentucky communities
    Monday, June 22, 2015
    Twelve Certified Local Government (CLG) grants totaling $86,448 have been awarded for historic preservation-related activities to the communities of Bardstown, Bellevue, Covington, Danville, Hopkinsville, Louisville, Maysville, Paducah and Shelbyville. Projects range from educational workshops and hands-on training to historic building surveys and updating local design guidelines. The annual matching grants fund qualifying projects submitted by participating citywide and county historic preservation commissions.
  • Commentary: Preserving historic places is essential to a strong economy
    Thursday, June 04, 2015
    May is a busy time for heritage-based events that attract travelers to Kentucky. Yet our communities continue to lose historic buildings and sites – the assets that tell the unique story of our Commonwealth, and are the reason people come here seeking an authentic experience. Time and again, projects that maintain or incorporate historic buildings are found to enrich and enhance a community’s sense of place, fuel heritage tourism and drive economic revitalization.
  • 15 sites receive state approval for National Register listing; now to federal level for final determination
    Wednesday, June 03, 2015
    The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board has approved 15 sites for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, which will now go on to the National Park Service for final approval. Sites are located in Bowling Green, Covington, Louisville, Murray, Owensboro and Versailles as well as Christian, Clay, Jessamine, Magoffin, McCreary and Ohio counties.


Economic impact of historic preservation by Congressional District

1st District

2nd District

3rd District

4th District

5th District

6th District

Statewide Overview

2014 Kentucky Heritage Council Success Stories [Word-28KB]


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