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Registration now open for Paducah historic preservation conference Oct. 23-25

Press Release Date:  Friday, September 12, 2014  
Revision Date:  Friday, September 12, 2014 
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – 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.

This multifaceted educational conference is presented by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office in partnership with Preservation Kentucky Inc., the Kentucky Main Street Program and Paducah Main Street. Sessions will take place downtown at Maiden Alley Cinema and River Discovery Center.

Historic Paducah“Paducah is proud to be hosting this conference,” said Mayor Gayle Kaler. “This training is so important, as we all want to preserve the history and architecture of Kentucky’s towns. Attendees will get to enjoy the fall beauty that Paducah offers – in addition to seeing the impressive strides the city is making in preserving and developing downtown and the LowerTown Arts District.”

Free events geared to the public will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. Topics will include sustainable historic building preservation practices, preservation tools such as the federal Section 106 process and how consulting parties can become involved in local projects, money for historic building preservation through tax credits and other incentives, heritage tourism strategies, and an opportunity to participate in development of the State Historic Preservation Plan.

Keynote 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; discussing the LowerTown Arts District and Fountain Avenue neighborhood revitalization. Following will be a “Mr. Muddle” design demonstration and downtown walking tour.

The conference will kick off with a continuing education workshop, “Historic Preservation 101 for Real Estate Professionals,” from 9 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, offering four credit hours (two law). Topics on marketing and selling historic properties will include common architectural styles, researching historic buildings, practical preservation concerns, Secretary of the Interior's Standards, federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits, easements, tax considerations and local ordinances. Sponsored by Preservation Kentucky, the cost is $55.

A special session presented by the Kentucky Main Street Program, Main Street 101, will also take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 23, for Main Street managers, board members, public officials, and others interested in finding out more about the Main Street approach and how this downtown revitalization program has successfully been utilized by Kentucky communities since 1979. This program will take place at The Grand Lodge, 121 N. 5th St. The cost is free.

“Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP) Training” will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, for architectural review board  members, preservation commission members and staff, local officials, and Kentucky Main Street Program managers, board members  and volunteers. The workshop will feature speakers representing the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions and encompass legal issues and procedures, federal standards and local design guidelines, building public support for preservation, and an interactive, hands-on design exercise. The cost is $40.

Two fun tour options are offered from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24: a 45-minute ghost tour carriage ride, cost $25 per person; or a guided trolley tour to learn more about Paducah’s culture, fiber arts heritage and local history, free to conference participants who register online, limited to the first 60 individuals who respond. A reception hosted by Preservation Kentucky and Paducah Main Street will follow from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., sponsored by Ray Black & Son and Independence Bank.

For additional information and program updates, see To register, 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 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 9/12/2014