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2010 Kentucky State Historic Preservation Conference and 14th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop

Master mason Gerard Lynch carves the Kentucky state seal onto a mortared brick templateNearly 400 people converged on the State Capitol and downtown Frankfort October 21-23 for the biennial Kentucky State Historic Preservation Conference, presented by the Kentucky Heritage Council in partnership with Preservation Kentucky, Inc., and the 14th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW), sponsored by the Preservation Trades Network.

This was the first time these conferences have taken place concurrently and the first time Kentucky has hosted the IPTW, dedicated to sharing skills, hands-on education and the preservation and conservation of the built environment.  It is the only annual event in North America that brings together the foremost practitioners of traditional building trades in a single venue.  Click here to watch a video/photo montage about the workshop posted on YouTube. [External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ]

Preservation Works! was the theme for the state historic preservation conference, which Students from Franklin County's Elkhorn Grade School were invited to participate in PTN's hands-on demonstrationsfocused, literally, on “nuts and bolts” education and preservation basics.  The theme paid tribute to the IPTW co-conference, which highlighted the work of traditional trades craftsmen such as brick masons, carpenters, timber framers, plasterers, brick makers, painters, blacksmiths, and slate, metal and wood shingle roofers.  Individuals who registered for the state conference received added value from the opportunity to observe and learn from PTN presenters.

In addition, two pre-conference workshops were open to the public: Gravestone Preservation Oct. 19-20 at historic Frankfort Cemetery sold out!  The meat house at Cove Spring Park takes on a new lifeAnd the Historic Log Building Restoration Oct. 13-20 at Cove Spring Park focused on the process of authentically restoring and reconstructing a circa 1825 log meat house, which was documented and deconstructed during the Preservation Rendezvous, a training event hosted by the PTN in Frankfort in summer 2009.

All of these activities were presented with generous financial support by the community, businesses and preservation advocates across the state.  Thanks to all who contributed to and participated in these great events!


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Last Updated 9/4/2013