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Kentucky Main Street Program Winter Conference will convene Feb. 15-16 in Frankfort

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Wednesday, February 15, Kentucky State Capitol Building

10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Staff informational tables


2 p.m. – Recognition on Senate Floor  


3 p.m. – Recognition on House Floor


4-5 p.m. – Directors meet in the Capital Plaza Hotel conference room


6:30-8 p.m. – Directors meet for dinner at the historic Glen Willis House


Thursday, February 16, Kentucky Transportation Building, 200 Mero Street, Frankfort

8-8:15 a.m. – Welcome and Updates from Craig Potts, Kentucky Heritage Council Executive Director and State Historic Preservation Officer


8:15-9 a.m. – Updates from Troy Hearn, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 


9-9:45 a.m. – “Who’s Who? In Main Street,” Minta Trimble, Pikeville Main Street Director


9:45-9:55 a.m. – Break


10-11 a.m. – “Tax Increment Financing,” Jim Parsons, Counsel at Keating, Muething and Klekamp PLL


11 a.m.-Noon – “Energy Project Assessment District Act (EPAD),” Jerry Schmits, President and CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance


Noon-1 p.m. – Lunch, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet cafeteria


1-2 p.m. – “Special Improvement Districts (SIDS) and Business Improvement Districts (BIDS),” David Ginsburg, President and CEO of Downtown Cincinnati Inc.


2-2:30 p.m. – Kentucky Main Street Reinvestments


2:30-3:30 p.m. – Friends of Kentucky Main Street update


3:30-4:30 p.m. – Announcement of Kentucky Main Street Award Winners; final wrap up and evaluation; Fall Conference details


Thanks to all who supported the Oct. 14 Preservation Trailblazers celebration

Preservation Trailblazers logoThanks to our partner Liberty Hall Historic Site and all the other sponsors and presenting organizations who made our Preservation Trailblazers event Oct. 14 such a success! Great to see so many old friends and preservation supporters gathered in downtown Frankfort to celebrate the 50th anniversary of KHC and the National Historic Preservation Act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966.

Co-sponsored by KHC and Liberty Hall Historic Site (LHHS), special thanks go to the Trailblazer Sponsor, the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation, and Landmark Sponsors, The Kentucky Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames of AmericaExternal Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.  and the Blue Grass Trust for Historic PreservationExternal Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. . The event is also presented in partnership with the Kentucky Historical SocietyExternal Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. , Preservation KentuckyExternal Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. , Kentucky Main Street Program, Kentucky Division of Historic PropertiesExternal Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. , University of Kentucky College of Design Historic Preservation ProgramExternal Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. , Preservation LouisvilleExternal Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. , Passport RadioExternal Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. Downtown Frankfort, Inc. Main StreetExternal Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. , Franklin County Trust for Historic PreservationExternal Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. , Frankfort TransitExternal Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. and Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic SitesExternal Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. . Preservation Trailblazer panelists

Thanks especially to all of our speakers, including our esteemed Preservation Trailblazers panelists: David Morgan, retired long-time state historic preservation officer; Steve Collins, KHC chair; Edie Bingham of Louisville, an advocate for preservation and education at the forefront of several important preservation milestones; Chuck Parrish, first KHC staffer and retired historian with the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Dick DeCamp, first executive director of the Blue Grass Trust and head of Lexington’s first historic commission; Betty Dobson, grassroots preservationist whose efforts helped save Paducah’s Hotel Metropolitan; Keith Runyon, Metro Louisville Historic Preservation Advisory Task Force co-chair and Preservation Louisville spokesman, representing Christy Brown; Jim Thomas, long-time executive director of Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill; Barbara Hulette of Danville, a tireless advocate and fundraiser; Dr. Alicestyne Turley, director of the Carter G. Woodson Center and Assistant Professor of African and African American studies at Berea College; David Cartmell, Maysville mayor; Nash Cox of Frankfort, local historian and past president of LHHS; Dr. John Kleber, historian and editor of the “Kentucky Encyclopedia,” among others; and Dr. Patrick Snadon, associate professor of architecture and interior design at the University of Cincinnati and co-author of “The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe.”

We had a wonderful day and hope you did too! This celebration was a positive way to reenergize the historic preservation movement and get everyone excited as we head into the next 50 years of championing historic preservation throughout the Commonwealth.

2016: The National Historic Preservation Act turns 50!

Passed in 1966, the National Historic Preservation Act was landmark legislation that came about as a response to destructive urban “renewal” policies and the widespread construction of interstate highways cutting swaths through the American landscape. The NHPA established a leadership role for the federal government to protect and preserve our nation’s historic buildings and paved the way for the establishment of state historic preservation offices, including KHC.

So what was going on in 1966? "Bonanza" was the most popular show on television, "Thunderball" with Sean Connery as James Bond was the most popular movie, Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was the most popular song, and transistor radios were what passed for high-tech listening devices.

Mass-produced housing was booming, the construction of interstate highways was cutting swaths of destruction through the American landscape, and historic buildings and neighborhoods were being leveled in cities across the country as urban "renewal" policies were implemented in an effort to address blight and suburban flight.

The wholesale loss of these historic resources sparked a grassroots effort among citizens to seek a new and more comprehensive approach to preservation. In 1965, a special committee of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the White House and several members of Congress produced a report and plan of action, ""With Heritage So Rich."

This report laid the foundation for federal government intervention, and the National Historic Preservation Act was passed into law and signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 15, 1966. For the first time, federal law defined a comprehensive government role in preservation policy, leadership and program responsibility, and also provided a federal-state framework by creating a means for state historic preservation offices to be established to help implement this policy.

The legislation also established the Section 106 process requiring federal agencies to take into account the effects of their undertakings on historic properties; created the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, an independent federal agency to advise the President and Congress; and set up the National Register of Historic Places. Later amendments extended this framework through the Certified Local Government Program, which encourages local governments to seek designation in order to more effectively address historic preservation and planning.

The Kentucky Heritage Commission was created by the state legislature not long after, and in the 1980s the name was changed to the Kentucky Heritage Council. It is not an understatement to say that our Commonwealth would look very different today without the work of this agency. 

It's funny to consider that in 1971, the first statewide survey of "historic" sites in Kentucky was completed, consisting of a mere 1,951 buildings - mostly the high-style architecture that one would expect. Today we are approaching a database of nearly 100,000 surveyed historic sites, including archaeological deposits, places associated with Kentucky's African American and Native American heritage, battlefields, schools, churches, rural hamlets, houses of every type, and historic downtowns in communities of all sizes - among many other diverse resources.

As an agency, the Kentucky Heritage Council has a lot to celebrate in 2016. Watch here for frequent updates about upcoming events and highlighting successful initiatives.

The National Park Service has created Preservation 50 [External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ], a campaign to promote the anniversary and events going on in various states throughout next year. Visit [External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ] for more and also to download a prospectus about what you can do to commemorate and bring attention to this important anniversary in your own community.

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 (at 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

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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


Download the advance registration form [Word-66KB] for the 34th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference
March 2-5, Ramada Downtown North, Louisville

2017 Archaeology Conference Agenda

Upcoming Kentucky Heritage Council meetings
April 26
July 26
October 25
All will take place at Paul Sawyier Public Library, Frankfort

Economic impact of historic preservation by Congressional District

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