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Preserve America

Congratulations to Paris [External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ] for being designated the latest Kentucky Preserve America community!

Preserve America is a White House initiative introduced in 2003 to encourage and support community efforts for the preservation and enjoyment of America's priceless cultural and natural heritage, with designated entities eligible for federal grants.Preserve America logo  The initiative is presented in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Interior and Transportation, and other federal agencies. 

When the program was first announced, the Kentucky Heritage Council, Preservation Kentucky Inc. and the Kentucky Main Street Program lobbied to have Kentucky communities apply for designation as a group, submitting dozens of applications at once.  This strategy was so successful, First Lady Laura Bush visited Louisville on April 20, 2004 to officially designate 32 Kentucky towns and cities as Preserve America Communities.  Since 2006, 11 Kentucky Preserve America projects have received $735,770 in grants that require a dollar-for-dollar match, a total investment of more than $1.4 million.

As it has since the beginning, Kentucky continues to lead the nation in Preserve America, as of June 2011 with 74 designations [External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ] including three neighborhoods, one historic district and three counties.  These are:

  • Anchorage
  • Ashland
  • Augusta
  • Barbourville
  • Bardstown
  • Bell Court neighborhood (Lexington)
  • Bellevue
  • Benham
  • Boone County
  • Bowling Green
  • Cadiz
  • Campbellsville
  • Carrollton
  • Cloverport
  • Covington
  • Cumberland
  • Cynthiana
  • Danville
  • Dawson Springs
  • Dayton
  • Elizabethtown
  • Erlanger
  • Flemingsburg
  • Fort Thomas
  • Frankfort
  • Franklin
  • Georgetown
  • Glasgow
  • Gratz Park neighborhood (Lexington)
  • Greensburg
  • Harlan
  • Harrodsburg
  • Hart County
  • Henderson
  • Historic Portland neighborhood (Louisville)
  • Hodgenville
  • Hopkinsville
  • Horse Cave
  • LaGrange
  • Lawrenceburg
  • Lebanon
  • Letcher County
  • Liberty
  • London
  • Lynch
  • Madisonville
  • Maysville
  • Midway
  • Morehead
  • Mount Sterling
  • Mount Vernon
  • Munfordville
  • Murray
  • New Castle
  • Newport
  • Nicholasville
  • Paducah
  • Paris
  • Perryville
  • Pikeville
  • Pineville
  • Princeton
  • Rabbit Hash
  • Richmond
  • Russellville
  • Scottsville
  • Shelbyville
  • Springfield
  • Stanford
  • Versailles
  • Warsaw
  • West Main Street Preservation District (Louisville)
  • West Point
  • Winchester

For program information, visit Preserve America [External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ] or the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.

 

Last Updated 6/15/2011