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Nominations deadline extended for 41st Annual Ida Lee Willis
Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 41st Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards, Kentucky’s most distinguished celebration of historic preservation excellence. Named for Kentucky’s first state historic preservation officer, the awards are given for the protection, preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings and landscapes, cultural resources, and archaeological sites.

This year's ceremony was originally planned May 27, 2020 at the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion, wrapping up National Historic Preservation Month. However, because of the current concern with COVID-19, this date will be rescheduled and the original nomination deadline of April 15 has been indefinitely extended. So please continue to nominate worthy individuals, projects and organizations!

Awards are presented in four categories and recognize personal commitment, investment, advocacy, volunteerism, building partnerships, public involvement, lifelong dedication or significant achievement. The foundation hosts the awards in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC). Click here for preservation awards criteria, a nomination form, or an editable nomination form in Word format.

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