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Session proposals invited for 2008 KY Historic Preservation Conference September 4-6 in Bardstown

Press Release Date:  Monday, February 18, 2008  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Historic buildings, streets and landscapes throughout Bardstown and rural Nelson and surrounding counties will be featured attractions when the community hosts the 2008 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference September 4-6.  Educational and field sessions, activities and poster presentations will reflect this year’s theme, Preserving the Spirit of Home, and highlight successful preservation projects and initiatives from around the state.

New this year, anyone interested in historic preservation or preservation-related issues is invited to submit a session proposal in one of three categories: educational session, field session, or display board for the preservation gallery. Presenters in educational and field sessions will receive a complimentary registration for the day of the presentation plus a discounted rate to attend all three days.  Submission deadline is close of business Monday, March 31.  For more information and proposal forms, see the Heritage Council Web site,

The conference is presented by the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office, an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, and the non-profit education and advocacy organization Preservation Kentucky, Inc., in cooperation with the Bardstown Main Street Program, Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist & Convention Commission and Nelson County Economic Development Agency.

"With its religious and bourbon heritage and iconic Federal Hill mansion, the inspiration for Stephen Foster's My Old Kentucky Home, our hosts know something about preserving spirits, and this makes Bardstown uniquely positioned to showcase the importance of preserving all the many diverse historic resources of our home state," said Donna M. Neary, Heritage Council executive director and state historic preservation officer.

This spirit and commitment to preservation is also reflected in Bardstown’s designation as a White House Preserve America community, participation in the Kentucky Main Street Program, its leadership in having one of the oldest historic preservation ordinances in the state, and as county seat of one of eight featured counties in the Kentucky Crossroads Rural Heritage Development Initiative (RHDI) national pilot project.

Bardstown last hosted the biennial statewide conference in 1993.  As it does each time, the conference will focus attention on many timely preservation-related issues including beginner and advanced sessions on preservation of historic and endangered buildings and places, downtown revitalization and community redevelopment, rural heritage preservation and Kentucky cultural landscapes, preservation advocacy, heritage tourism, preservation case studies, craftsman training, and tax credits and incentives.  Other activities will include tours of historic sites and a bookstore and exhibit area that will be open to the public. 

Programming will also spotlight successful projects that have been implemented in the RHDI counties of Nelson, Washington, Marion, LaRue, Green, Taylor, Mercer and Boyle.  The RHDI is a joint project of Preservation Kentucky and the Kentucky Heritage Council in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

"Preservation Kentucky is excited that this conference will take place in Bardstown, a true Kentucky treasure," said Joanna Hinton, Preservation Kentucky executive director.  "This community provides a great backdrop to discuss Kentucky's preservation issues, with a vibrant downtown core, great building stock, and rural landscapes.  I know that conference sessions will provide information to help both local residents and those participating from across the state with many future preservation projects."

Complete registration materials will be available in early summer.  To receive a registration packet or for more information about sponsorships and exhibits, call Becky Shipp at the Heritage Council, 502-564-7005, ext. 133; email; or contact Joanna Hinton at Preservation Kentucky, 270-358-9069 or email

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An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic 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 2/18/2008