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2010-2011 Federal Survey and Planning Grants announced by Gov. Steve Beshear

Press Release Date:  Thursday, December 09, 2010  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Thirteen projects have been selected to receive a total of $90,000 in 2010-2011 Federal Survey and Planning Grants from the Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC), the State Historic Preservation Office, Governor Steve Beshear announced today.  Projects were eligible for up to $10,000 in matching funds, and applications were reviewed utilizing priorities established by the National Park Service (NPS) and KHC.  Thirty-one applications were received requesting a total of $252,000.

"These grants help communities document their historic sites and help them plan for their future," Gov. Beshear said.  "By assessing local resources and getting historic buildings listed in the National Register, owners can qualify for state and federal rehabilitation tax credits, which spur economic development, and we will all learn more about Kentucky’s rich rural and historic past."

According to Mark Dennen, KHC executive director and state historic preservation officer, the volume of applications reflects the great need for grants to support local projects.  "Without these types of grants, Kentucky stands to lose its leadership in identifying, recording and protecting our cultural assets."

Funds came from federal monies made available to the state by the National Historic Preservation Fund as subgrants to local governments, universities and nonprofit organizations.  Grants were available for priority activities developed by KHC in conjunction with goals outlined in the 2010-2014 Kentucky State Historic Preservation Plan.  Priorities included, among others:

  • Survey and preparation of nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Projects that further preservation and educational goals of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission or the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission.
  • Projects in Kentucky Main Street Program communities for downtown historic preservation or to expand local historic districts.
  • Projects to assist Certified Local Governments with survey, National Register and other local preservation planning initiatives.

The grant recipients are:

City of Frankfort
$8,715 to hire a consultant to complete a historic sites survey focusing on 175 properties in the South Frankfort Historic District including houses, outbuildings and landscape features.  The work is the second phase of a project to update the National Register district with a new period of significance and possibly expand the local historic district boundaries.

City of Guthrie – Silver Triangle Main Street
$5,000 to survey downtown properties in preparation for nomination as a National Register historic district, in keeping with work plans outlined by both the city and Silver Triangle Main Street program.  Both have pledged cash or staff and volunteer time to administer the project.
Community Foundation of Western Kentucky
$7,670 to hire a consultant to conduct a historic sites survey of more than 170 properties in the Wallace Park neighborhood of Paducah, including research to explore the development and history of the neighborhood and its context within the city, and to analyze and research its potential significance as a National Register district.

Falls of the Ohio Archaeological Society
$7,900 for qualified members of the society and professionals with Corn Island Archaeology LLC to conduct a historic building survey and prepare a National Register nomination, perform archaeological testing and artifact analysis, and create materials for public interpretation at the Conrad-Seaton House in Jeffersontown.

James Harrod Trust
$7,500 to undertake an intensive historic structures survey of two areas of Harrodsburg: North Main Street from Lexington Road to the railroad tracks, and a residential historic district along Lexington and Cane Run roads located directly outside the downtown commercial core.  In partnership with the James Harrod Trust and local volunteers, a consultant will complete two National Register nominations, one a boundary expansion and the other a new nomination.

London Downtown Inc.
$4,500 to survey remaining 19th and early 20th century buildings in the commercial core and use these to prepare a National Register nomination for a downtown historic district. According to the application, the project seeks to spur economic development through qualifying to take advantage of state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits, acknowledging the community’s past and demonstrating the community’s spirit through achieving consensus that London’s heritage is worth preserving.

Preservation Kentucky, Inc.
$8,800 to hire a consultant to undertake a thematic survey in Crittenden and Livingston counties, focusing on historic farms and rural landscapes.  The project will incorporate public outreach with local officials, stakeholders and community members focusing on cultural heritage tourism, economic development and educational opportunities.  Preservation Kentucky will also incorporate data from this survey into a planned Heritage Farmstead website.

City of Springfield Main Street/Renaissance Program
$7,500 to undertake an intensive historic structures survey of two areas: the downtown commercial core, defined as properties within the current Main Street/Renaissance boundary, and a residential area along Main Street.  The consultant will evaluate which properties in these areas meet National Register criteria and then prepare nominations to expand the current Springfield Commercial Historic District and create a new residential historic district.

University of Kentucky Department of Landscape Architecture
$8,800 to execute a thematic survey in Casey County focusing on rural landscapes and their relation to the hamlets and crossroad communities they border, with particular emphasis on rural schools, churches and stores within crossroads communities and their relationship to neighboring farm landscapes.

University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Anthropology Museum
$6,800 to survey and assess archaeological resources on an island on the Ohio River in Meade County that is threatened by river bank erosion and illegal digging.

University of Mississippi, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
$7,815 to complete geophysical investigations of a mound site in Clark County using non-invasive investigative techniques to better understand the internal structure and organization of the mound, the circular earthwork it covers and the areas surrounding the mound.  Resulting data will be used to understand how the site was used in Adena mortuary practices and develop interpretations of variation within the Adena mortuary paradigm.

Woodford County Historical Society
$4,000 to carry out a planning project in Versailles seeking to understand the development of this Inner Bluegrass county seat through a survey of historic residential resources within the city limits.  The proposed project area focuses on Lexington and Elm streets, Broadway, Montgomery Avenue and High Street and would encompass 200-250 resources ranging in date from the 1840s to the mid-20th century.
Yew Dell Inc.
$5,000 to survey the historic buildings of Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, evaluate which structures meet National Register eligibility criteria, then nominate qualifying areas to the National Register.

Grants are being awarded for these projects on a matching basis of 60 percent federal funds to 40 percent local resources.  Projects must be completed prior to Sept. 1, 2011.  To view the current Kentucky State Historic Preservation Plan, visit the Kentucky Heritage Council website,

Historic sites surveys will be added to the Kentucky Historic Resources Inventory, the permanent written and photographic record of all known historic buildings, structures and sites in Kentucky, which includes individual listings of houses, barns, outbuildings, commercial buildings, and landscape features such as rock fences and bridges.  Housed at KHC, the database consists of more than 85,000 entries in all 120 counties.  Archaeological data will be added to the inventory of nearly 25,000 sites maintained by the Office of State Archaeology (OSA), which is housed at the University of Kentucky, Department of Anthropology.  Reports documenting the results of the funded archaeological investigations will be maintained by KHC and OSA and made available to the public via the KHC website.

Data collected through survey work provides the foundation for many Heritage Council programs, including the National Register, and is used for compiling local historical publications and the development of preservation plans.  Kentucky ranks fourth in National Register listings (following New York, Massachusetts and Ohio) with more than 3,200 districts, sites and structures encompassing more than 42,000 historic features.

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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.


Last Updated 12/9/2010