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Preservation Kentucky announces new Tour120 program, starting May 18-19 across the state

Kentucky has more National Register historic sites than 46 other states. And, all 120 Kentucky counties have at least one historic site. To raise awareness of historic preservation and its connection to tourism, Preservation Kentucky has launched Tour120, a statewide heritage tourism program. The program launches on Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, 2019 during National Historic Preservation Month, with tours...

Nominations being accepted for 40th annual Ida Lee Willis Foundation Historic Preservation Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 40th 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 cultural resources. The 40th-anniversary...

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...

Nominations being accepted for statewide Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 38th Annual statewide Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards. The distinguished awards honor excellence for the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, archaeological resources and cultural sites. The honors will be presented in May, National Historic Preservation Month. The awards recognize investment, advocacy, volunteerism,...

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...