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Public invited to learn about preservation tools during free activities in Paducah Saturday, Oct. 25

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 14, 2014  
Revision Date:  Tuesday, October 21, 2014 
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

PaducahFRANKFORT, Ky. – The city of Paducah will serve as both a backdrop and learning lab for the “Preservation Tools and Strategies” conference Oct. 23-25, showcasing historic buildings and neighborhoods downtown as well as being the focal point for a regional discussion on the future of historic preservation in Kentucky.

Free events geared to the public will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT Saturday, Oct. 25, at River Discovery Center Founders Room and Maiden Alley Cinema. Participants can register at the door for these sessions:

9-10 a.m.
• Track 1, River Discovery Center: “Sustainability and Historic Preservation: Capturing Embodied Energies and Improving Efficiency of Historic Buildings,” including adaptive reuse within the LEED point system, and National Park Service Technical Preservation Services guidance for planning passive, mechanical and weatherization strategies. Presenter: Jen Spangler Williamson, AIA, KHC staff architect.

• Track 2, Maiden Alley Cinema: “Preservation Engagement in Western Kentucky,” introducing participants to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and how the public can become actively involved in the consulting parties process pertaining to federally funded projects that impact historic resources. Presenters: Kary Stackelbeck, KHC Site Protection and Archaeology Program manager; and KHC staff Jill Howe, environmental site review coordinator; Nicolas Laracuente, archaeology review coordinator; and Jennifer Ryall, transportation historic architecture review coordinator.

10:10-11:10 a.m.
• Track 1, River Discovery Center: “Money for Historic Buildings through Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits,” for buildings listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Presenter: Jen Spangler Williamson, AIA, KHC staff architect.

• Track 2, Maiden Alley Cinema: “Boost Your Economic Engine,” exploring how heritage tourism generates more money per visitor than other types of tourism, and how communities can tap into this lucrative segment by identifying cultural assets and planning for their preservation. Presenter: Vicki Birenberg, KHC Certified Local Government Program and planning coordinator.

From 11:20 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. at Maiden Alley Cinema, a panel discussion, “Be the Future of the Past in Kentucky,” will kick off the public input phase that will guide development of a new five-year historic preservation plan for Kentucky. Panelists will be Craig Potts, Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) executive director and state historic preservation officer; Chris Black of Ray Black & Son, Paducah, and KHC member; Michael Ann Williams, head of the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University; and Betsy Hatfield, executive director of Preservation Kentucky Inc. Moderator: Vicki Birenberg, KHC Certified Local Government Program and planning coordinator.

A keynote address from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Maiden Alley Cinema will focus on revitalization of the LowerTown Arts District and Fountain Avenue neighborhood, including recommendations from “Walkable City” author Jeff Speck and how others can use these examples locally to revitalize their central business districts. Presenters will be Steve Ervin, Paducah director of planning; Charlie Doherty, community development planner/Fountain Avenue project coordinator; and Sharon Poat, executive director of the Midtown Alliance of Neighbors.

A hands-on building design demonstration will follow from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., with a guided walking tour through the Paducah Market House and Paducah Downtown Commercial National Register historic districts, demonstrating how mixed-use commercial buildings are key to creating a sense of place in historic downtowns. The presenter will be Scot Walters, KHC Site Development Program manager.

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The conference is for owners of historic buildings, members of architectural review boards and preservation commissions, local officials and anyone interested in community preservation. It is the fourth and final presentation in the 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series, presented by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office in partnership with Preservation Kentucky Inc., the Kentucky Main Street Program, Paducah Main Street and city of Paducah.

Historic Preservation 101 for Real Estate Professionals,” on marketing and selling historic properties, will open the conference, from 9 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. CDT Thursday, Oct. 23, at River Discovery Center, offering four credit hours (two law) for real estate agents and architects. The cost is $55.
Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP)” training, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT Friday, Oct. 24, at Maiden Alley Cinema, will feature speakers representing the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. The cost is $40.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24, registered participants will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the Mary Jane, a historic home in the LowerTown Arts District owned by Janet Levinson. The reception is hosted by Preservation Kentucky, Paducah Main Street and the city of Paducah, and sponsored by Ray Black & Son and Independence Bank. Seating is limited.

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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 archaeological 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, heritage tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.


Last Updated 10/21/2014