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Frankfort to host Preservation Rendezvous activities June 28-July 4

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 02, 2009  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A unique new event showcasing traditional building trades, the Preservation Rendezvous, is planned July 2-4 in Frankfort, presented by the Preservation Trades Network and Timber Framers Guild in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office, Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist Commission and the city of Frankfort.

In conjunction with the rendezvous, two hands-on workshops are planned June 28-July 1 at Cove Spring Park:

A timber frame workshop will teach participants how to cut a timber frame picnic shelter.  Participants will learn square rule layout, cutting square rule joinery and using hand and power tools.  The shelter will then be erected and roofed at nearby River View Park.

A log house workshop will help restore the first period log meat house at the park.  Participants will learn how to document and draw a log structure and how to properly deconstruct, assess and store the components.  Restoration will be completed during the International Preservation Trades Workshop, which will also take place in Frankfort in 2010.

The cost for each is $225 per person and participation is open to the public.

"An added bonus of these workshops is that the completed projects will remain as a legacy of this event and a lasting benefit to all the citizens of Frankfort," said Mark Dennen, Kentucky Heritage Council executive director and state historic preservation officer.
Preservation Rendezvous activities July 2-3 are geared to registered participants and members of the Preservation Trades Network and Timber Framers Guild.  The public is invited to "Welcome Frankfort Day" from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 4 at River View Park.  Activities will include an ax-throwing competition and demonstrations in traditional building skills such as stone carving, slate roofing, square rule joinery, blacksmithing, masonry and brick work, wood carving, log hewing and tool making.  Children’s activities and a "tool tent" display of historic tools and tools for sale will also be featured.

On-site camping for registered participants and families is available at Cove Spring Park.  For registration information and a complete schedule of activities, visit the Preservation Trades Network Web site,

More information about Preservation Rendezvous is also available at the Kentucky Heritage Council Web site,, or contact Patrick Kennedy, Kentucky Heritage Council restoration project coordinator, or 502-564-7005, ext. 138.

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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 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 6/2/2009