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- September is Kentucky Archaeology Month; public events will highlight research, site preservation, American Indian and pioneer technologies
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Several public archaeology programs are planned in September, which Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed Kentucky Archaeology Month to recognize the professional practice of archaeology and how this work has helped unearth a more complete understanding of the history of the Commonwealth.
- Kentucky Heritage Council Strong Towns Conference Sept. 24-25 will explore new approaches to community growth, development; online registration open
Friday, July 31, 2015
A two-day conference exploring strategies for community growth and development based on 21st-century challenges will take place Sept. 24-25 in downtown Louisville. While many communities continue to focus on a post-World War II model of suburbanization, the Strong Towns approach maintains that to be successful, citizens and community leaders must adopt a new way of thinking about the future.
- 3 new employees join State Historic Preservation Office
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Three new employees have joined the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC), the agency has announced.
- 12 Certified Local Government historic preservation grants awarded to nine Kentucky communities
Monday, June 22, 2015
Twelve Certified Local Government (CLG) grants totaling $86,448 have been awarded for historic preservation-related activities to the communities of Bardstown, Bellevue, Covington, Danville, Hopkinsville, Louisville, Maysville, Paducah and Shelbyville. Projects range from educational workshops and hands-on training to historic building surveys and updating local design guidelines. The annual matching grants fund qualifying projects submitted by participating citywide and county historic preservation commissions.
- Commentary: Preserving historic places is essential to a strong economy
Thursday, June 04, 2015
May is a busy time for heritage-based events that attract travelers to Kentucky. Yet our communities continue to lose historic buildings and sites – the assets that tell the unique story of our Commonwealth, and are the reason people come here seeking an authentic experience. Time and again, projects that maintain or incorporate historic buildings are found to enrich and enhance a community’s sense of place, fuel heritage tourism and drive economic revitalization.
- 15 sites receive state approval for National Register listing; now to federal level for final determination
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board has approved 15 sites for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, which will now go on to the National Park Service for final approval. Sites are located in Bowling Green, Covington, Louisville, Murray, Owensboro and Versailles as well as Christian, Clay, Jessamine, Magoffin, McCreary and Ohio counties.
- 37th annual statewide historic preservation award winners announced
Friday, May 22, 2015
K. Norman Berry, of Louisville, will be honored with the 2015 Memorial Award during the 37th annual presentation of the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Governor’s Mansion. The awards are presented in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office. Other award- winning projects and individuals hail from Covington, Frankfort, Laurel County, Lynch, Menifee County and Pike County.
- Prehistoric Native American burial mound site in rural Greenup County to be donated by Town Square Bank to The Archaeological Conservancy during public ceremony Tuesday
Thursday, May 07, 2015
A prehistoric Native American burial mound in rural Greenup County is being donated by Town Square Bank to The Archaeological Conservancy, a national nonprofit dedicated to acquiring and protecting endangered archaeological sites, during a public ceremony on site at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, during National Historic Preservation Month. Representatives on hand will include the chair of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission.
- Nominations sought for 37th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Awards honoring excellence in preserving Kentucky's historic places
Friday, March 20, 2015
Nominations are now being accepted for the 37th annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards, honoring worthy individuals, projects and organizations for excellence in preserving Kentucky's historic places. The awards are presented each May during National Historic Preservation Month.
- Statement on Heart of Louisville being named Kentucky’s 1st National Treasure by the National Trust
Friday, March 20, 2015
Craig Potts, Kentucky Heritage Council executive director and state historic preservation officer, comments about the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s announcement naming Heart of Louisville as Kentucky’s first National Treasure as a way to elevate the preservation of historic structures.
- 32nd Annual KHC Archaeology Conference convenes this weekend at Lake Barkley State Resort Park
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Best practices for rural historic archaeology and presentations about historic and prehistoric archaeological investigations at sites across the state will be featured activities during the 32nd Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference, Friday through Sunday at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. The gathering is the primary opportunity for professional archaeologists working in Kentucky and neighboring states to network and share information about their work, though it is open to anyone interested in Kentucky history or prehistory.
- Kentucky Heritage Council to meet Wednesday in Frankfort
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) will meet at 1:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St., Frankfort. The meeting is open to the public, and an agenda will be provided.
- Public input sought for state’s long-term historic preservation plan; online survey open
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Public input is being requested for a new five-year strategic plan outlining goals and objectives for helping preserve historic buildings and other sites in the Commonwealth through 2020.
- 6 sites approved this week for listing in the National Register of Historic Places
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board this week approved six sites for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, nominations which will now be forwarded to the National Park Service for final determination of eligibility. A decision on designation for these sites in Bellevue, Covington, Lexington, Louisville and Pike County will be rendered within 60 to 90 days.
- Window Restoration Boot Camp taking place this week at Jefferson Jacob Rosenwald School
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
A nationally known historic building expert is leading a Window Restoration Boot Camp this week at Jefferson Jacob Rosenwald School, a former African American school listed in the National Register of Historic Places, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Friday at the school, located in Prospect. The boot camp is being presented as a pilot project for a proposed craftsman training program in the preservation trades.
- KY Main Street Program encourages shoppers to Shop Small – Shop Downtown this holiday season!
Friday, November 07, 2014
This year, Small Business Saturday will be Nov. 29, the highlight of many holiday activities planned and already underway in Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) communities. Since 1979, the Main Street Program has successfully helped towns and cities across the state focus on downtown revitalization and economic development within the context of preserving and reusing unique local assets, such as historic commercial buildings. Visit www.heritage.ky.gov for the complete list of holiday promotions and events.
- Join the KY Native American Heritage Commission in commemorating American Indian Heritage Month
Monday, November 03, 2014
November has been proclaimed American Indian Heritage Month in Kentucky by Gov. Steve Beshear, with several events planned across the Commonwealth, including a reception and exhibit by award-winning Cherokee artist Donald Vann Nov. 7-9 in Stanford. This is the 10th anniversary of the annual designation.
- Kentucky Heritage Council will meet Oct. 29 in Frankfort
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The Kentucky Heritage Council will meet at 1:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St., Frankfort. The meeting is open to the public, and an agenda will be provided. The agency serves as the state historic preservation office.
- Public invited to learn about preservation tools during free activities in Paducah Saturday, Oct. 25
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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. In addition to workshops for real estate agents and city officials, free events geared to the public will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT Saturday, Oct. 25.
- Oct. 23 workshop on marketing, selling historic properties will offer CE credits for realtors, architects
Friday, October 10, 2014
Real estate agents and architects interested in learning more about marketing and selling historic properties, and earning continuing education credits, are encouraged to register for “Historic Preservation 101 for Real Estate Professionals,” from 9 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. CDT Thursday, Oct. 23, at River Discovery Center in Paducah. Real estate agents can earn 4 credit hours (2 law) through KREC; architects can earn 4 HSW LU through Central Kentucky AIA.
- ‘Preservation Tools and Strategies’ Oct. 23-25 in Paducah geared to diverse audiences
Thursday, October 02, 2014
The fourth and final presentation in the 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series, “Preservation Tools and Strategies,” will take place Oct. 23-25 in downtown Paducah, with sessions open to the public and geared to owners of historic buildings, real estate agents, members of architectural review boards and preservation commissions, Kentucky Main Street Program communities and supporters, local officials, and anyone interested in community preservation.
- Ceremony Friday will pay tribute to Kentucky Archaeology Month and Living Archaeology Weekend, Kentucky's oldest and largest public archaeology event
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
At 10:30 a.m. Friday, Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Bob Stewart and others will present the Kentucky Archaeology Month gubernatorial proclamation to kick off the 26th annual Living Archaeology Weekend (LAW), planned Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19-20, at Gladie Visitor Center in the Red River Gorge area of Daniel Boone National Forest. Living Archaeology Weekend is Kentucky’s oldest and largest public archaeology event.
- Registration now open for Paducah historic preservation conference Oct. 23-25
Friday, September 12, 2014
Online registration is now open for the fourth and final presentation in the 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series, “Preservation Tools and Strategies,” planned Oct. 23-25 in Paducah. Sessions are open to the public and geared to owners of historic buildings, members of architectural review boards and preservation commissions, local officials, and anyone interested in community preservation.
- Gov. Steve Beshear proclaims September as Kentucky Archaeology Month
Wednesday, September 03, 2014
Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed September as Kentucky Archaeology Month, to commemorate the contributions made through the professional practice of archaeology toward the public’s understanding of – and appreciation for – the Commonwealth’s rich cultural heritage, and to recognize the success of Living Archaeology Weekend, Kentucky’s oldest and largest public archaeology event, which has taken place annually since 1989 and is planned this year Sept. 19-20 at Gladie Visitor Center in Red River Gorge.
- Kentucky Heritage Council to meet Wednesday in Frankfort
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
The Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) will meet at 1:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, July 16, at Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St., Frankfort.
- Keynote presentations for ‘Capitalizing on Culture’ Aug. 1-2 in Pikeville to focus on regional collaboration, innovative heritage tourism marketing; free conference is open to the public
Friday, July 11, 2014
Exploring how the National Park Service (NPS) “Discover Our Shared Heritage” Travel Itinerary Series might be put to use in Eastern Kentucky – and how innovative marketing of heritage tourism could reap huge economic returns – will be the focus of keynote presentations during the “Capitalizing on Culture” conference Aug. 1-2 in Pikeville, presented in partnership with SOAR, Shaping Our Appalachian Region.
- ‘Capitalizing on Culture’ conference Aug. 1-2 in Pikeville to focus on heritage tourism, place making and economic development through historic preservation
Friday, June 27, 2014
A two-day training and educational outreach conference focused on heritage tourism, place making and economic development through historic preservation is planned Aug. 1-2 in Pikeville, presented by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office, Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) and Community Trust Bancorp Inc.
- 22 Kentucky Main Street Program communities achieve National Main Street Center accreditation
Thursday, June 05, 2014
The National Main Street Center has announced that 22 Kentucky Main Street Program communities have achieved national accreditation: Bellevue Main Street, Carrollton Main Street, Covington Downtown Renaissance, Heart of Danville, Downtown Frankfort Inc., Georgetown Main Street, Guthrie Main Street, Harrodsburg First, Downtown Henderson Partnership, Discover Downtown LaGrange, London Downtown, Maysville Downtown, Discover Downtown Middlesboro Inc., Murray Main Street, New Castle Main Street, Perryville Main Street, Pikeville Main Street, Main Street Russellville, Heart of Scottsville, Shelbyville Development Corporation, Springfield Main Street and Williamsburg Main Street. The center is a division of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
- 36th annual state historic preservation awards, honoring projects, service and advocacy, presented Wednesday; Drs. David Pollack & A. Gwynn Henderson, Lexington, receive memorial award
Friday, May 30, 2014
Archaeologists, professional colleagues and spouses, Drs. David Pollack and A. Gwynn Henderson, of Lexington, are co-recipients of the 2014 Ida Lee Willis Memorial Award, for lifetime achievement in research, education and preservation, as recognized Wednesday during the 36th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards ceremony at the Governor's Mansion. Other awards recognized projects and service in Covington, Frankfort, Georgetown, Jenkins, Louisville and Jefferson County, Paducah, and Vine Grove.