Princeton hosts 2012 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference
The 2012 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference is now one for the books and we can't say thank you enough to the community of Princeton for your wonderful hospitality, and to all the many community leaders, elected officials, volunteers and others who helped make it happen.
Kentucky Heritage Council and Preservation Kentucky staff were pleased to also work with volunteers from the communities of Dawson Springs and Eddyville/Kuttawa in hosting nearly 200 participants from across the state for tours, workshops and educational sessions during the event, Sept. 20-22.
Presenting sponsors included the city of Princeton, Princeton Main Street/Renaissance on Main, Princeton Tourism Commission, Lyon County Tourism, and the Dawson Springs Main Street and Preservation Program, and assistance from many other local organizations.
Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham gave a rousing and heartfelt welcome during the opening plenary, speaking from the circuit courtroom in the Caldwell County Courthouse, which he helped rehabilitate and return to its original glory after some unsympathetic "energy saving" adaptations in the 1970s. "A community uninterested in preservation is a community that is not proud of its past," he told those assembled.
Justice Cunningham cited the importance of having vision to be able to imagine the possibilities of what preserving unique historic buildings in downtowns and neighborhoods could really mean to the economy and livability of communities, and how vision is the most important quality that local leaders can bring to their roles.
Jane Turville presented her award-winning film, "The Greenest Building," at the beautiful Capitol Theatre in downtown Princeton, after which she and economist Donovan Rypkema shared the stage to answer questions about sustainability. Rypkema was the featured speaker during the closing plenary, in which he presented some thought-provoking findings from his most current research, "Historic Preservation and Rightsizing," a report prepared for the Right Sizing and Historic Preservation Task Force of the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, released earlier this year.
Rypkema challenged those present to consider new approaches to how cities reshape their historic fabric and reuse urban resources to meet the needs of current and future populations. "For preservationists to be at the table, we can’t bring our usual game plan," he said. "Flexibility, compromises, and hard choices are necessary."
This was the first time the conference took place in a small town away from a major metropolitan area. Princeton was a perfect place to host the conference in terms of the quality of its local preservation efforts - due largely to its participation in the Kentucky Main Street Program, for its beautiful downtown buildings, and by being a walkable community with interesting stores that help keep people downtown and money in the local economy. - Photos by Becky Gorman
Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference
Since 1986 the Kentucky Heritage Council has coordinated a biennial statewide conference to focus attention on historic preservation efforts throughout Kentucky and to provide technical assistance and training to local organizations and community leaders. In recent years the conference has been co-sponsored by Preservation Kentucky. Communities across Kentucky have hosted these meetings, and historic places in each of these communities have served as the meeting backdrop to highlight successes and issues in preservation as well as provide a venue for participants to learn from guest speakers, presenters and each other.
Following is a list of previous conferences and host communities:
Oct. 21-23, 2010
Preservation Works - Frankfort
2010 State Historic Preservation Conference and 14th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop, presented concurrently by the Kentucky Heritage Council in partnership with Preservation Kentucky and the 14th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW), sponsored by the Preservation Trades Network
September 4-6, 2008
Preserving the Spirit of Home – Bardstown
September 28-30, 2006
The Art of Preservation – Covington
Sept. 28-Oct. 3, 2004
Restore America: Communities at the Crossroads
National Historic Preservation Conference presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Kentucky partners – Louisville
August 1-3, 2002
In Tune with Preservation – Centre College, Danville
May 18-20, 2000
Planning to Preserve – Louisville
September 11-13, 1997
Preserving Community – Bowling Green
September 21-23, 1995
Preserving Real Places – Lexington
September 22-25, 1993
Preserving the Diversity – Bardstown
September 26-28, 1991
Preservation in Profile – Covington
September 21-23, 1989
Partners in Preservation – Louisville
October 2-3, 1987
Preservation in Detail – Lexington
May 9-10, 1986
Preservation in Perspective – Louisville