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Nine designated Certified Local Government communities earn historic preservation grants

Twelve projects in nine designated Certified Local Government (CLG) communities have been awarded matching grants for FY 2019-20, for activities ranging from exploring the role of public art in historic districts to creating an outdoor educational exhibit highlighting commercial properties and the people and businesses associated with their history. Grants totaling $76,811 went to Bardstown, Bellevue,...

Kentucky Archaeological Survey joins WKU’s Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology

The award-winning Kentucky Archaeological Survey (KAS) joined Western Kentucky University’s Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology on June 1. For more than two decades, KAS has worked with teachers, students, landowners, communities and government agencies to protect archaeological sites and educate the public about Kentucky’s rich archaeological heritage. “We are thrilled about working...

Deadline is Monday to submit entries for Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards

The deadline is Monday, April 22, to nominate deserving individuals, projects, or organizations for a 2019 Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Award. Ida Lee Willis Kentucky’s most distinguished celebration of excellence in preserving and rehabilitating historic buildings and cultural resources will take place in May, National Historic Preservation Month, at Berry Mansion in...

Nine Kentucky Certified Local Government communities awarded historic preservation grants

Nine grants that will generate investment of nearly $100,000 in historic preservation-related projects have been awarded to seven Certified Local Government (CLG) communities for fiscal year 2018-19 by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC). The annual grants are part of a pass-through allocated from the federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) for state preservation...

Kentucky Main Street Fall meeting begins Tuesday, will showcase Central Kentucky Communities

Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) directors from across the state will network with their colleagues, and peers from the Wyoming Main Street Program, during a four-day meeting this week in central Kentucky. The meeting will showcase the “crossroads communities” of Bardstown, Campbellsville, Danville, Harrodsburg, Perryville and Springfield, so-named for their strategic location between major...

Nominations are now open for 2018 Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for Kentucky’s awards honoring excellence for the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, and cultural and archaeological sites. Presented annually since 1979, the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards ceremony will take place this May in Frankfort during National Historic Preservation Month. The awards are named for Kentucky’s...

Eight Kentucky sites among latest additions to National Register of Historic Places

The National Park Service has announced that eight Kentucky sites have recently been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including a Jewish cemetery, wholesale grocery warehouse and Victorian home school for girls. The sites were approved for nomination during a meeting of the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board, which is charged with evaluating National Register nominations...

Work by 29 Kentucky artists celebrates tradition across the state in Governor’s Derby Exhibit

Work by 29 Kentucky artists will hang in Frankfort for the Governor’s Derby Exhibit, an annual initiative coordinated by the Kentucky Arts Council. This exhibit is on display through May 8 in the Capitol Rotunda, 700 Capital Ave. in Frankfort. “The Kentucky Derby is a time-honored tradition, and so, too, is our celebration of work by Kentucky artists,” said Kentucky First Lady Glenna Bevin. “The...

Bevin appoints two new members to Kentucky Heritage Council, reappoints three holdovers

Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Christine Doughty Johnson and Maynard A. Crossland have been appointed to the Kentucky Heritage Council. Stephen L. Collins, Charles William Weyland and Virginia Wise Butler have been reappointed. Gov. Matt Bevin Christine Doughty Johnson, of Louisville, is retired. She will serve for a term expiring Aug. 6, 2020. Maynard...

Nominations now being accepted for 39th annual statewide Historic Preservation Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for Kentucky’s most distinguished awards honoring excellence for the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings and cultural sites. The 39th annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards ceremony will take place in May during National Historic Preservation Month. Presented in three categories, the awards are named for Kentucky’s...

Participating communities reported investments of over $109 million from Kentucky Main St. Program

The Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) announced that 39 participating communities reported cumulative investment of $109,741,515 in their commercial downtown districts in 2016, a number that includes $75,070,029 of private investment matched by $30,920,494 in public improvements. This total was up significantly from the $76 million of cumulative investment reported by 44 communities in 2015. Administered...

Historic trail highlights areas in Kentucky important to story of Abraham Lincoln

In honor of the anniversary of the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12, the Kentucky Department of Tourism is promoting a tri-state Lincoln trail and website. The trail highlights important areas in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois significant to the Lincoln story. The Tri-state Lincoln trail was first established in the 1970s by a commission and revived in 2009 for the observance of the...

Eleven Certified Local Government Program Grants awarded to Kentucky communities

Eleven grants generating $143,944 of investment have been awarded to eight Certified Local Government (CLG) communities, according to the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC), which administers the program. The annual allocations fund qualifying projects submitted by city and county-wide historic preservation commissions that have earned CLG designation. Recipients are...

Preservation Trailblazers 50th anniversary celebration to be held in Frankfort on Oct. 14

Early registration has been extended for the “Preservation Trailblazers 50th anniversary celebration” planned Friday, Oct. 14 in downtown Frankfort, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC). The event is presented by KHC and Liberty Hall Historic Site (LHHS). Concurrent sessions exploring...

Preservation Trailblazers pays tribute to National Historic Preservation Act 50th anniversary

The public is invited to take part in a day-long celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC) on Friday, Oct. 14 in downtown Frankfort. Co-sponsored by KHC and Liberty Hall Historic Site (LHHS), special thanks goes to the Trailblazer Sponsor, the Owsley Brown II Family Foundation....

Preservation experts, volunteers on site this week to rehab historic Pikeville’s York House

Well-known experts in historic preservation trades are leading a group of community volunteers and individuals from nonprofit organizations in a communal effort to rehabilitate the exterior of the York House in Pikeville, a historic home associated with the Hatfield-McCoy feud. The project is sponsored by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC) in partnership with the...

Submissions for 35th Kentucky Book Fair are due by May 15 so author selections can be made

The Kentucky Humanities Council will present the 35th annual Kentucky Book Fair on November 5 from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort. The sixth annual Children’s and Young Adult’s Day will be held on Friday, November 4, from 9 a.m.-2:00 p.m., also at the convention center. The Kentucky Humanities Council is accepting book submissions from now until May...

Kentucky Main Street Program announces statewide investments topped $76 million in 2015

The Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) said that in 2015, 44 communities reported $76.1 million of cumulative investment in their commercial downtown districts, representing $42.7 million of private investment matched by $33.4 million in public improvements. Since the program’s inception in 1979, $3.9 billion of public-private investment has been documented in communities throughout the Commonwealth. Concurrently,...

Longtime administrator for state Historic Preservation Office retires after 20 years on the job

After 20 years of working with individuals and communities interested in preserving historic buildings, revitalizing their Main Streets and utilizing best design practices, Scot Walters has retired from the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC), effective in January. For the past six years, Walters has served as Site Development Program manager responsible for administering...

Commentary: Preserving historic places enhances communities, strengthens economy

By Craig A. Potts Special to KyForward   It’s time to catch our breath after a busy month of heritage-based events in May – starting with the Kentucky Derby, followed by National Travel and Tourism Week, then more festivals, street fairs, spring flings, May Days and celebrations of bourbon, music, food, art, cars, hikes, bikes and horses than any one person could possibly take in.   The...