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6 entities offer training credits for participation in the 2012 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference, Sept. 20-22; economic development and community partnerships will be highlighted

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 07, 2012  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Professional development training credits are being offered for participation in the 2012 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference, Sept. 20-22, in Princeton, by the Kentucky Department for Local Government, Kentucky League of Cities, Kentucky Real Estate Commission, Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association, Central Kentucky Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the Kentucky Main Street Program.

Educational sessions will take place in Princeton, while additional activities including tours and workshops are being offered in Dawson Springs, Eddyville and Kuttawa. Registration after Sept. 7 is $150 for Preservation Kentucky members and $175 for others. Details about continuing education credits, programming and registration are available at

In addition to offering resources for community and economic revitalization, session topics will focus on best practices for preserving endangered historic sites, converting schools and other public buildings into affordable housing, preservation advocacy, grant writing and nonprofit management, revolving loan funds, Certified Local Governments and local preservation ordinances, and environmental issues.

Sessions will also highlight the benefits of Cultural Arts Districts, creating a meaningful public education event, the Kentucky Trail Towns program and leveraging regional strategies for Main Street. Hands-on demonstrations, preservation training, and business and product information will be available during the Practical Preservation Showcase

Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham will be the keynote speaker during the opening session Sept. 20. Cunningham is author of “On Bended Knees: The Night Rider Story,” “Castle: The Story of a Kentucky Prison” and other titles about the region’s history. Other keynote presenters will be economist Donovan Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics in Washington, D.C., who will discuss his new report “Historic Preservation and Rightsizing,” and Jane Turville, writer, director and producer of the award-winning movie “The Greenest Building.”

Also included with registration for the Thursday-through-Saturday conference are an opening night reception on the grounds of a privately owned historic home, and lunch Friday and Saturday.

Additional ticketed activities, which do not require a full conference registration, include a training workshop for real estate professionals on how to market historic properties; extended tracks on the Civil War and cemetery preservation; and tours of Dawson Springs, the Mantle Rock archaeological site, and a Land of Lakes tour to Old Eddyville and the Kentucky State Penitentiary. A separate ticket is also required for a fish fry with musical performance by noted guitarist Eddie Pennington, a fundraiser for Preservation Kentucky Inc..
“Preservation 101, The Basics” will be offered free to the public from 9 to 10:50 a.m., Sept. 22, in the Caldwell County Courthouse main courtroom. Presentations will cover how to research the history of a home, good preservation principles, and programs that can offer assistance including state and federal rehabilitation tax credits and the benefits of listing in the National Register of Historic Places. No registration is required.

Conference co-sponsors are the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office and Preservation Kentucky, with presenting sponsors 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, with assistance from many other local organizations.

This is the first time the biennial conference has not taken place near a major metropolitan area. The conference theme, “Our Towns: Partnering Regionally, Preserving Locally,” emphasizes the need to focus local efforts in neighborhoods and communities while seeking opportunities to work together regionally for the economic benefit of all.

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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 the statewide membership-based historic preservation nonprofit dedicated to preserving Kentucky's historic and prehistoric places through education and advocacy.


Last Updated 9/7/2012