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Are you a real estate professional? Member of an architectural review board, preservation or planning commission? Interested in community preservation? Plan to join us!

Paducah street scene...For the fourth and final presentation in the Kentucky Heritage Council's 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series, Preservation Tools and Strategies, October 23-25, historic downtown Paducah; three days of nuts-and-bolts programming to assist historic building preservation at the local level. Presented by KHC in partnership with Preservation Kentucky Inc., the Kentucky Main Street Program and Paducah Main Street. External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.  

“Paducah is proud to be hosting this conference,” said Mayor Gayle Kaler. “This training is so important, as we all want to preserve the history and architecture of Kentucky’s towns. Attendees will get to enjoy the fall beauty that Paducah offers – in addition to seeing the impressive strides the city is making in preserving and developing downtown and the LowerTown Arts District.”

* New* To register for the conference, visit http://goo.gl/63wxSr

Thursday, October 23
Corn Island Archaeology logo9 a.m. - 2:20 p.m. – Historic Preservation 101 for Real Estate Professionals, *4 CE hours (*2 law). Given the increasing desirability of historic real estate, this workshop will focus on marketing and selling historic properties, including common architectural styles, how to research historic buildings, practical preservation concerns, Secretary of the Interior's Standards, federal and state historic rehab tax credits, easements, tax considerations, local ordinances, benefits of listing in the National Register of Historic Places, and  tips for selling historic real estate. Presented by Preservation Kentucky; sponsored in part by Corn island Archaeology of Louisville, a woman-owned business. COST: $55

Friday, October 24
Historic Paducah9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP), training for architectural review board members, preservation commission members and staff, local officials, and Kentucky Main Street Program managers, board members and volunteers; presented by representatives of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. Topics will include federal standards and local design guidelines, preservation law, planning, historic building survey, designation of local resources to the National Register of Historic Places, and building public support for preservation. COST: $40
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Two fun tour options are offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.: a 45-minute ghost tour carriage ride, cost $25 per person; or a guided trolley tour to learn more about Paducah’s culture, fiber arts and local history, free to conference participants who register online, limited to the first 55 individuals who respond. Click here [External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ] for a sneak peak of what your group may encounter! A reception hosted by Preservation Kentucky and Paducah Main Street will follow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., sponsored by Ray Black & Son and Independence Bank.

Saturday, October 25
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. – FREE programming
for owners of historic buildings and homes, and anyone interested in community preservation. T
opics will include sustainable historic building preservation practices, preservation tools such as the federal Section 106 process and how consulting parties can become involved in local projects, money for historic building preservation through tax credits and other incentives, heritage tourism strategies, and an opportunity to participate in development of the State Historic Preservation Plan.

Keynote presenters will be Steve Ervin, Paducah director of planning; Charlie Dougherty, community development planner/Fountain Avenue project coordinator; and Sharon Poat, executive director of the Mid-Town Alliance; discussing the LowerTown Arts District and Fountain Avenue neighborhood revitalization. Following will be a “Mr. Muddle” design demonstration and downtown walking tour.Paducah Life magazine cover

Conference hotel: Auburn Place Hotel & Suites, 3996 Hinkleville Road, Paducah, 270-444-7667. Room rate $87 per night (not including applicable state and local tax). This block of rooms will be held until October 1; ask for the Kentucky Preservation Conference block to receive the reduced rate.

Check back for program updates!

Paducah Life [External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ] is a beautifully illustrated magazine dedicated to covering this Ohio River community, with the July-August issue focusing on successful downtown development and revitalization initiatives.

"Strong visionary leadership is alive and well in Paducah, KY - from economic development, to tourism, to a new and energized Main Street mission, to enlightened urban planning," writes editor Darlene M. Mazzone. "There are bright lights ahead for a community dedicated to reimagining the possibilities and then creating a walkable pathway to reach its potential!"

See some of these stories by clicking on this link [PDF - 96MB]. Thanks Paducah Life for a great preview of our upcoming visit!

** Read where Paducah was recently ranked #4 on National Geographic's World's Smartest Cities list, sandwiched between Rome and Melbourne, for promotion of quilts and fiber arts and attracting artists to LowerTown External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.  

Pikeville shines for 'Capitalizing on Culture'

Former Gov. Paul PattonPikeville Main StreetThanks to Pikeville Main Street, the Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center, city of Pikeville, and Former Gov. Paul Patton and his wife, Judi, a Kentucky Heritage Council member, for their tremendous support and assistance with "Capitalizing on Culture" Aug. 1-2, the third entry in the 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series. The conference was presented by KHC in partnership with Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) and Community Trust Bancorp Inc., with support from Preservation Kentucky Inc., the Kentucky Main Street Program, Friends of Kentucky Main Street, Pikeville Main Street Program, the city of Pikeville and Pike County.

Gov. Patton got things off to a rousing start Friday morning with his message that preservation is important, "so talk to your legislators!" Below, the circa-1870s York House got a head start on fundraising with an announcement during the conference that KHC has pledged $15,000 toward its restoration. This followed an announcement in late July that the city had purchased the building from its current owners, the Johnson family, a wonderful save for the community. (Below left, front, is former resident Joann Johnson with Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn.) The foundation for this was made possible through a lot of hard work by Pikeville Main Street Manager Minta Chaney, who has already organized committees and started recruiting volunteers.York House

On Saturday, keynoter Griffin VanMeter of Bullhorn Creative and Kentucky for Kentucky talked about how creativity, art and fun can engage individuals in their communities. Shown below right with panelists during the place making discussion, he and others emphasized how creating destinations builds pride of place.

Thanks to all the speakers, participants, Kentucky Main Street Program managers, and others who helped make the conference such a fun and energizing event.Griffin VanMeter

Other events in the 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 was 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

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?"

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
  • Ceremony Friday will pay tribute to Kentucky Archaeology Month and Living Archaeology Weekend, Kentucky's oldest and largest public archaeology event
    Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    At 10:30 a.m. Friday, Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Bob Stewart and others will present the Kentucky Archaeology Month gubernatorial proclamation to kick off the 26th annual Living Archaeology Weekend (LAW), planned Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19-20, at Gladie Visitor Center in the Red River Gorge area of Daniel Boone National Forest. Living Archaeology Weekend is Kentucky’s oldest and largest public archaeology event.
  • Registration now open for Paducah historic preservation conference Oct. 23-25
    Friday, September 12, 2014
    Online registration is now open for the fourth and final presentation in the 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series, “Preservation Tools and Strategies,” planned Oct. 23-25 in Paducah. Sessions are open to the public and geared to owners of historic buildings, members of architectural review boards and preservation commissions, local officials, and anyone interested in community preservation.
  • Gov. Steve Beshear proclaims September as Kentucky Archaeology Month
    Wednesday, September 03, 2014
    Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed September as Kentucky Archaeology Month, to commemorate the contributions made through the professional practice of archaeology toward the public’s understanding of – and appreciation for – the Commonwealth’s rich cultural heritage, and to recognize the success of Living Archaeology Weekend, Kentucky’s oldest and largest public archaeology event, which has taken place annually since 1989 and is planned this year Sept. 19-20 at Gladie Visitor Center in Red River Gorge.


Gov. Steve Beshear proclaims September as Kentucky Archaeology Month

Archaeology Month poster [PDF - 624KB]

Archaeology Month proclamation
[PDF - 64KB]

Living Archaeology Weekend image
2014 Living Archaeology Weekend, Sept. 19-20, Red River Gorge
[PDF - 556KB]

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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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