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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) serves as the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth. The council is governed by a 16-member board appointed by the governor to four-year terms.
KHC programs include finding, surveying and documenting historic buildings and sites; making nominations to the National Register of Historic Places; administering federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credit programs; archaeological research and education; reviewing impacts of federal projects as mandated through Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA); working with local governments and preservation commissions, conducting preservation education and planning, and administering the Certified Local Government (CLG) Program in partnership with the National Park Service; administering the Kentucky Main Street Program; and providing administrative support to the Kentucky African American Heritage Commission, Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission, Kentucky Military Heritage Commission and Perryville Battlefield Commission.
Since 1966, KHC has partnered with local, state and federal agencies, preservation organizations, local governments and interested citizens to fulfill our mission - which is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, heritage tourism, affordable housing, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.
Through state grants and agreements with universities, the Kentucky Heritage Council supports archaeological research and public outreach throughout the state of Kentucky. Our policy is to only support direct operating costs for these projects. Equipment is not allowed unless specifically noted and justified in the project estimate. At this time, indirect/overhead costs are not allowed for our archaeological research and public outreach projects with university agreements.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky provides, upon request, reasonable accommodations including auxiliary aids and services necessary to afford an individual with a disability an equal opportunity to participate in all services, programs and activities. To request materials in an alternative format, each agency web site provides information for contacting the person or persons responsible for providing the service within the agency. Persons with hearing and speech impairments can contact each agency by using the Kentucky Relay Service, a toll-free telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD). For voice to TDD, call 1/800-648-6057. For TDD to voice, call 1/800-648-6056.
Title VI of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits any state agency receiving federal funds from denying access to a program on the basis of race, color or national origin.
State government agencies that receive federal funds must comply with state law by submitting Title VI reports. Agencies shall submit implementation plan updates to the Kentucky Office of the Auditor and the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights by July 1st of each year. Click this link for the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Title VI Implementation Plan.
Any individual or any special class of individuals that believe they have been subject to discrimination under Title VI because of action by the Kentucky Heritage Council may file an oral or written complaint (click here for the form) through a representative or directly with the Kentucky Heritage Council Title VI Coordinator, Brittany May, c/o The Barstow House, 410 High Street, Frankfort, KY 40601, or call 502-564-7005, ext. 4469. The complaint should be filed within 30 days of the alleged discrimination.
Kentucky Heritage CouncilThe Barstow House410 High StreetFrankfort, KY 40601(502) 564-7005
Kentucky Heritage Council quarterly meetings will take place the following dates in 2022 (3rd Wednesdays); watch here for additional details regarding time and location:
Open Records Requests
To receive records maintained by and in the custody of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet (TAHC), Kentucky Heritage Council, please submit your request in writing, identifying the specific records sought. Please be sure to provide your name, address, and daytime telephone number in the event we need to contact you. All requests for records must be signed by the requestor.
Click here to download the Open Records Request form.
You may send your request by mail, fax or email to:
General CounselTourism, Arts, and Heritage CabinetOffice of Legal Affairs500 Mero Street, Fifth FloorFrankfort, Kentucky 40601Phone: (502) 564-4270Fax: (502) 564-1079
TAHC has three (3) business days from the date of receipt to respond to an open records request. If the documents requested are not available for release within three (3) days, a response will be provided informing the requestor of the approximate date on which the requested documents will be available for inspection.