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Frankfort to host State Historic Preservation Conference & 14th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop Oct. 21-23; information, registration now online

Press Release Date:  Thursday, September 02, 2010  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Registration is underway for the 2010 Kentucky State Historic Preservation Conference Oct. 21-23 in Frankfort, a biennial event to share information about approaches, techniques and programs that will inspire and assist participants in preserving historic buildings and sites in their communities.  Co-sponsors are the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office and Preservation Kentucky Inc.
For the first time, the conference is being presented in conjunction with the 14th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW), sponsored by the Preservation Trades Network, the only annual event in North America that brings together the foremost practitioners of the traditional trades in a single venue.  The IPTW is dedicated to hands-on education and the preservation and conservation of the built environment.
Kentucky State Historic Preservation Conference early-bird registration has been extended!  Now through Sept. 30, the cost is $125 for all three days, or $155 after that date.  Student, elected official and single-day registration is $75.  For more, visit 
or call 502-564-7005, ext. 112, or see or call 502-781-4570.  For online registration, go to

The state preservation conference will focus, literally, on “nuts and bolts” education and preservation basics.  In addition to demonstrations and workshops, sessions will address practical preservation of interest to professionals, such as planners and architects; to owners of historic buildings who want to learn more about how to rehabilitate and maintain a historic property, list it in the National Register of Historic Places and take advantage of federal and state tax incentives; and to craftsmen and others interested in learning more about preservation trades and traditional building methods.
Continuing education credits are available through the American Planning Association, the Kentucky League of Cities and the Kentucky Department for Local Government County Officials Training Incentive Program.
The conference theme is Preservation Works!, a tribute to the IPTW co-conference, which will highlight 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 register for the state historic preservation conference will get added value from the opportunity to observe and learn from tradesmen participating in IPTW 2010.
State conference highlights will include:

  • Combined opening reception with IPTW along St. Clair Street in downtown Frankfort
  • Opening plenary with Gerard Lynch, an internationally noted brick mason, historic brickwork consultant, master bricklayer, educator and author, who has worked on landmark buildings throughout the United Kingdom and abroad
  • Preservation advocacy panel discussion with representatives from state and local organizations, moderated by retired Kentucky State Historic Preservation Officer David L. Morgan
  • Plenary breakfast with PTN speakers and plenary lunch with Lexington Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen, who has written extensively about community planning and preservation
  • Sessions on survey and listing sites in the National Register of Historic Places, federal Section 106 review, state and federal rehabilitation tax credits, incorporating energy efficiency when rehabilitating historic properties, new methods and regulations for lead paint abatement, and Kentucky Places case studies including a focus on archaeology
    The Politics of Historic Districts with Bill Schmickle, author of a book by the same name
    Endow Kentucky, a new program to encourage local community philanthropy, with Mike Hammons, executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Philanthropy
    Get Your Sashes Moving: Repairing Original Windows in Pre-1960 Buildings with Richard Spigelmyer, president of Replacement Systems International

  • Preservation trades demonstrations by IPTW preservation specialists, including wood and steel window repair, roofing, wood shingle fabrication, plaster repair, blacksmithing, masonry and more (Saturday only - for state conference participants with full paid registration)
  • Ticketed events including a downtown tour of historic homes sponsored by the Liberty Hall Historic Site and a party and fundraiser hosted by Preservation Kentucky
  • Preservation Trade Show featuring vendors and preservation agencies and organizations
  • Conference bookstore hosted by Poor Richard’s Books
  • FREE with conference registration – A closing event at historic Buffalo Trace Distillery ( from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday for registrants of both the state preservation conference and IPTW

Registration for the 14th Annual IPTW is separate.  Pre-conference activities will include workshops in gravestone preservation and historic log building restoration.  For information, visit

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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 prehistoric resources and 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 9/14/2010