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This is MY Old Kentucky Home! Facebook Photo Contest

MY Old Kentucky Home Facebook contest photoMay is National Historic Preservation Month, and the Kentucky Heritage Council wants to know: What place says to you, "This is MY Old Kentucky Home!" Enter to win and vote for your favorites.

Join Kentucky Main Street communities, nonprofits, individuals and historic sites across the Commonwealth – take part in the contest kickoff and plan a group photo at noon Wednesday, April 23. Let us know (email kyheritage@ky.gov) and we'll add you to our online list of participating sites

Cross-post to social media using the hashtag #myoldkyhome or send us a Tweet @kyshpo and we'll highlight our favorites!MY Old Kentucky Home Facebook photo contest photo

1) Download our sign, or better yet make your own

2) Hold it in front of your favorite Old Kentucky Home

3) Get a snap, then “like” our Facebook page and submit it to win an all-expense paid trip to Bardstown, Bourbon Capital of the World and site of Federal Hill, the house that inspired Stephen Foster to write “My Old Kentucky Home”

Tell us where you are and why the place you have photographed is special. The top 5 photos with the most “likes” will go into a random drawing to determine the winner.

Be creative! Home can be any building or place that holds memories - a house, church, school, neighborhood, main street, roadside motel, farmhouse, park, even a remote forested area or natural habitat where Native Americans once called home.  The only rule being, it is 50 years old or older.

Contest period is noon April 23 through midnight Friday, May 23. See contest rules for complete details.

The contest prize package includes overnight accommodations at one of Bardstown’s historic bed and breakfast inns, a gift card for downtown dining or shopping, and admission for two adults to:

  • My Old Kentucky Home State Park /Federal Hill
  • The Stephen Foster Story (June 14-August 16, 2014)
  • Civil War Museum of the Western Theater
  • Private tour of Wickland, home of three governors, or a visit with the Spirits of Wickland
  • Heaven Hill Distilleries Bourbon Heritage Center
  • Barton 1792 Distillery
  • Willett Distillery

Bardstown logoPrize package courtesy of Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist & Convention Commission. Subject to availability.  Not valid during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival and Arts and Crafts Fair weekends. $300 value

In Kentucky, we are fortunate to have many historic buildings and places that evoke a shared heritage, tell stories about our past and who we are today. As the state historic preservation office, the Kentucky Heritage Council’s mission is to encourage and assist with the protection and preservation of these places, so future generations can also call them “home.”

Help set the course for preservation in Kentucky

Take the Survey graphicThe Kentucky Heritage Council is seeking public input to develop goals and strategies for the state's new five-year historic preservation plan, required by the National Park Service to help states identify and conserve historic places they consider important.

Take the Survey today to help set the course for preservation in Kentucky over the next five years.

KHC's goal is to get feedback from as many Kentuckians as possible, to find out how well communities are saving and maintaining their historic buildings and neighborhoods, and whether local officials place a priority on trying to find new uses for places such as old post offices, schools and downtown commercial buildings.

"We are trying assess whether communities are putting historic buildings and sites to work for economic growth," said Craig Potts, KHC executive director and state historic preservation officer. "For instance, do elected leaders support efforts to rehabilitate and preserve historic places so they can be used to attract new businesses, or draw tourists interested in experiencing local history in an authentic way? And how can our agency better support community development that emphasizes preserving unique and irreplaceable local assets?"

2014 Kentucky Preservation Series

Jan. 15-17, Frankfort
Creating Life on City Streets: Walkability
, presented in partnership with Preservation Kentucky, in conjunction with the annual Kentucky Main Street Program winter meeting. Keynote presenter: Jeff Speck, city planner and author of “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time”

March 21-22, Covington
Planning to Preserve
, presented in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend, including rollout of a survey and series of public meetings to engage constituents in developing the next five-year state historic preservation plan

August 1-2, Pikeville
Capitalizing on Culture
, focusing on nonprofit advocacy, making use of historic Main Streets and community infrastructure, cemetery preservation, and identifying themes that can help the region link unique places and create heritage tourism opportunities by telling an authentic story

October 24-25, Paducah
Preservation Tools and Strategies
, nuts-and-bolts programming to assist historic building preservation at the local level, including Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP) training for Kentucky Main Street Program and architectural review board members; real estate professional courses; and educational sessions on rehabilitation tax credits, historic sites survey, nominating sites to the National Register, and community involvement in federally sponsored undertakings

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

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, e-mail Vicki Birenberg, 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.Morris Fork Community Center, Breathitt County

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.

Recent Kentucky Heritage Council Press Releases
  • "This is MY Old Kentucky Home" Facebook photo contest to launch at noon Weds., April 23, at historic sites across the state
    Tuesday, April 22, 2014
    To celebrate National Historic Preservation Month in May, organizations and historic sites across the Commonwealth will be staging photos at noon Wednesday, April 23, to kick off a month-long Facebook photo contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office. The person with the photo that garners the most votes will receive an all-expense paid weekend in Bardstown, site of Federal Hill, “My Old Kentucky Home.” The goal is to highlight the many different kinds of historic places that Kentuckians feel at “home.”
  • Statewide preservation awards nomination deadline extended to Friday, April 18
    Wednesday, April 09, 2014
    The nomination deadline for the 36th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards has been extended to Friday, April 18. The awards recognize excellence in the preservation of Kentucky’s historic buildings and cultural resources, including archaeological sites.
  • Nominate a building rehab project, organization or individual for annual historic preservation awards
    Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Nominations are now being accepted for the 36th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards, which recognize excellence in the preservation of Kentucky’s historic buildings and cultural resources, including archaeological sites. The awards are presented each May, during National Historic Preservation Month, by the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation and Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office.


This is MY Old Kentucky Home

MOKH contest flyer
[PDF - 304KB]

MOKH sign
[PDF - 52KB] 

MOKH sign - 11x17
[PDF - 52KB]

Photo permission
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KHC agency brochure
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NEW tax credit tools
KHC announces significant economic impact of rehab tax credit programs
Review federally funded KYTC projects and request to become a Consulting Party in the Section 106 Review process

Learn more about new Section 106 Review submission procedures, effective Monday, July 8, 2013

Economic impact of historic preservation by Congressional District

1st District
Rep. Ed Whitfield
[PDF - 275KB]

2nd District
Rep. Brett Guthrie
[PDF - 283KB]

3rd District
Rep. John Yarmuth
[PDF - 309KB]

4th District
Rep. Thomas Massie
[PDF - 215KB]

5th District
Rep. Hal Rogers
[PDF - 274KB]

6th District
Rep. Andy Barr
[PDF - 247KB]

Tax Credits 2012

1st District
[PDF - 441KB]

2nd District
[PDF - 417KB]

3rd District
[PDF - 457KB]

4th District
[PDF - 406KB]

5th District
[PDF - 413KB]

6th District
[PDF - 411KB]

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