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Three historic districts among Kentucky places listed in National Register of Historic Places in 2019

Three historic districts from Kentucky have been added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2019, with a fourth to be considered by the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board when it meets again October 22. An expansion of Louisville’s Butchertown Historic District was the most recent listing approved by the National Park Service (NPS), adding 52 residential and commercial properties...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Number of Kentucky small towns recognized for Main Street revitalization up 30 percent

The oldest of its kind in the nation, the Kentucky Main Street Program increased the number of communities receiving national accreditation by almost 30 percent in 2014 to 22, up from 17 in 2013.   A look down Madison Avenue in Covington (Photo from RCN) The 22 downtown revitalization programs received recognition from the National Main Street Center. KYMS is administered by the Kentucky Heritage...

Hatfields and McCoys in spotlight again with discovery of artifacts featured on ‘Diggers’

A notorious feud between the Hatfields of West Virginia and the McCoys of Kentucky is once again making national news, but this time it is for a discovery of artifacts associated with patriarch Randall McCoy’s home and site of an infamous 1888 attack. The findings were confirmed by Dr. Kim McBride, a historic archaeologist with the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a joint partnership with the University...