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2008 KY Historic Preservation Conference details, registration information now available online

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 29, 2008  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Complete program information and registration materials are now available online for the 2008 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference September 4-6 in Bardstown, at the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office Web site,  New this year, those interested in attending can register online at the Preservation Kentucky Web site,

The conference theme, Preserving the Spirit of Home, reflects Bardstown’s spirits of bourbon, religion and those who have come before, as well as the community’s spirit of preservation.  Conference highlights include:

  • Three keynote presentations including invited guests Dave Shuffett, host of KET’s Kentucky Life, and U.S. Representative Ben Chandler, a passionate preservation advocate
  • Nearly 30 educational sessions on themes including rural issues, advocacy, organizational issues and historic building rehab
  • Extended educational tracks focusing on the National Register of Historic Places and military sites preservation
  • Specialty tracks for Kentucky Main Street Program communities and Certified Local Governments
  • Optional field sessions focusing on two of Bardstown’s historic neighborhoods, rural issues and National Park Service sites associated with Abraham Lincoln
  • An opening reception, Kentucky Proud sampler and candlelight tours of Federal Hill at My Old Kentucky Home State Park
  • A special 10th anniversary fundraiser for Preservation Kentucky, Inc., featuring dinner and an auction in historic downtown Bloomfield
  • A special two-day workshop presented by the Dry Stone Conservancy at Maker’s Mark Distillery, where participants will learn the craft of dry-laid stone masonry through hands-on work on a historic fence
  • Educational emphasis on programs and outcomes of the Kentucky Crossroads Rural Heritage Development Initiative (RHDI), a national pilot project exploring rural-based preservation and economic development strategies in eight central Kentucky counties – including Nelson.  For information about the initiative and conference scholarships open to attendees from the RHDI region, see
  • A conference bookstore hosted by Bardstown Booksellers
  • And new this year – a Preservation Gallery with poster sessions by more than two dozen presenters discussing preservation-related projects and success stories

Also new this year will be a Preservation Trade Show where conference participants can meet and talk to craftspeople, contractors, architects, engineers, exhibitors, preservation professionals and program staff from the Kentucky Heritage Council and Preservation Kentucky.  Information to assist preservation projects will be offered including rehabilitation tax credits, using the right materials, or finding vendors, trained professionals and consultants.  Traditional building skills and hands-on training programs coordinated by the Heritage Council will also be highlighted.

The goal of the biennial conference is to share information about approaches, techniques and programs that will inspire and support participants in preserving important buildings and sites in their own communities.  As in years past, sessions will be presented in venues around town, and conference participants will learn as much about the host community as they do about the wide range of historic preservation topics presented.

Partnering with the statewide non-profit advocacy and education organization Preservation Kentucky and the Kentucky Heritage Council, the conference is presented in cooperation with the Bardstown Main Street Program, Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist & Convention Commission, Nelson County Economic Development Agency and the city of Bardstown.

Early-bird registration prior to August 15 is $125 for all three days, or $155 after that date.  Student registration is $85, while single-day registration is $75.  The tours, advocacy lunch, Preservation Kentucky fundraiser and Maker’s Mark workshop are separate events requiring ticket purchase in addition to registration. 

General information is also available by calling the Heritage Council at 502-564-7005, ext. 120, or Preservation Kentucky at 270-358-9069, or via email at

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.  This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.

Preservation Kentucky is a membership-based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Kentucky’s historic resources through education and advocacy.  Preservation Kentucky provides an important link between the public and private sector and also helps monitor and promote preservation-friendly legislation at the local, state and federal levels.  By working for the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic properties today, the economic benefits of historic preservation will help to safeguard the unique Kentucky landscape for future generations.


Last Updated 7/29/2008