Kentucky Heritage Council - Recent Headlines

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  • September is Kentucky Archaeology Month; public events will highlight research, site preservation, American Indian and pioneer technologies
    Tuesday, September 01, 2015
    Several public archaeology programs are planned in September, which Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed Kentucky Archaeology Month to recognize the professional practice of archaeology and how this work has helped unearth a more complete understanding of the history of the Commonwealth.
  • Kentucky Heritage Council Strong Towns Conference Sept. 24-25 will explore new approaches to community growth, development; online registration open
    Friday, July 31, 2015
    A two-day conference exploring strategies for community growth and development based on 21st-century challenges will take place Sept. 24-25 in downtown Louisville. While many communities continue to focus on a post-World War II model of suburbanization, the Strong Towns approach maintains that to be successful, citizens and community leaders must adopt a new way of thinking about the future.
  • 3 new employees join State Historic Preservation Office
    Tuesday, July 07, 2015
    Three new employees have joined the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC), the agency has announced.
  • 12 Certified Local Government historic preservation grants awarded to nine Kentucky communities
    Monday, June 22, 2015
    Twelve Certified Local Government (CLG) grants totaling $86,448 have been awarded for historic preservation-related activities to the communities of Bardstown, Bellevue, Covington, Danville, Hopkinsville, Louisville, Maysville, Paducah and Shelbyville. Projects range from educational workshops and hands-on training to historic building surveys and updating local design guidelines. The annual matching grants fund qualifying projects submitted by participating citywide and county historic preservation commissions.
  • Commentary: Preserving historic places is essential to a strong economy
    Thursday, June 04, 2015
    May is a busy time for heritage-based events that attract travelers to Kentucky. Yet our communities continue to lose historic buildings and sites – the assets that tell the unique story of our Commonwealth, and are the reason people come here seeking an authentic experience. Time and again, projects that maintain or incorporate historic buildings are found to enrich and enhance a community’s sense of place, fuel heritage tourism and drive economic revitalization.
  • 15 sites receive state approval for National Register listing; now to federal level for final determination
    Wednesday, June 03, 2015
    The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board has approved 15 sites for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, which will now go on to the National Park Service for final approval. Sites are located in Bowling Green, Covington, Louisville, Murray, Owensboro and Versailles as well as Christian, Clay, Jessamine, Magoffin, McCreary and Ohio counties.
  • 37th annual statewide historic preservation award winners announced
    Friday, May 22, 2015
    K. Norman Berry, of Louisville, will be honored with the 2015 Memorial Award during the 37th annual presentation of the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Governor’s Mansion. The awards are presented in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office. Other award- winning projects and individuals hail from Covington, Frankfort, Laurel County, Lynch, Menifee County and Pike County.
  • Prehistoric Native American burial mound site in rural Greenup County to be donated by Town Square Bank to The Archaeological Conservancy during public ceremony Tuesday
    Thursday, May 07, 2015
    A prehistoric Native American burial mound in rural Greenup County is being donated by Town Square Bank to The Archaeological Conservancy, a national nonprofit dedicated to acquiring and protecting endangered archaeological sites, during a public ceremony on site at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, during National Historic Preservation Month. Representatives on hand will include the chair of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission.
  • Nominations sought for 37th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Awards honoring excellence in preserving Kentucky's historic places
    Friday, March 20, 2015
    Nominations are now being accepted for the 37th annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards, honoring worthy individuals, projects and organizations for excellence in preserving Kentucky's historic places. The awards are presented each May during National Historic Preservation Month.
  • Statement on Heart of Louisville being named Kentucky’s 1st National Treasure by the National Trust
    Friday, March 20, 2015
    Craig Potts, Kentucky Heritage Council executive director and state historic preservation officer, comments about the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s announcement naming Heart of Louisville as Kentucky’s first National Treasure as a way to elevate the preservation of historic structures.
  • 32nd Annual KHC Archaeology Conference convenes this weekend at Lake Barkley State Resort Park
    Thursday, March 12, 2015
    Best practices for rural historic archaeology and presentations about historic and prehistoric archaeological investigations at sites across the state will be featured activities during the 32nd Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference, Friday through Sunday at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. The gathering is the primary opportunity for professional archaeologists working in Kentucky and neighboring states to network and share information about their work, though it is open to anyone interested in Kentucky history or prehistory.
  • Kentucky Heritage Council to meet Wednesday in Frankfort
    Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    The Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) will meet at 1:30 p.m. EST Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St., Frankfort. The meeting is open to the public, and an agenda will be provided.
  • Public input sought for state’s long-term historic preservation plan; online survey open
    Thursday, December 18, 2014
    Public input is being requested for a new five-year strategic plan outlining goals and objectives for helping preserve historic buildings and other sites in the Commonwealth through 2020.
  • 6 sites approved this week for listing in the National Register of Historic Places
    Thursday, December 11, 2014
    The Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board this week approved six sites for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, nominations which will now be forwarded to the National Park Service for final determination of eligibility. A decision on designation for these sites in Bellevue, Covington, Lexington, Louisville and Pike County will be rendered within 60 to 90 days.
  • Window Restoration Boot Camp taking place this week at Jefferson Jacob Rosenwald School
    Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    A nationally known historic building expert is leading a Window Restoration Boot Camp this week at Jefferson Jacob Rosenwald School, a former African American school listed in the National Register of Historic Places, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Friday at the school, located in Prospect. The boot camp is being presented as a pilot project for a proposed craftsman training program in the preservation trades.
  • KY Main Street Program encourages shoppers to Shop Small – Shop Downtown this holiday season!
    Friday, November 07, 2014
    This year, Small Business Saturday will be Nov. 29, the highlight of many holiday activities planned and already underway in Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) communities. Since 1979, the Main Street Program has successfully helped towns and cities across the state focus on downtown revitalization and economic development within the context of preserving and reusing unique local assets, such as historic commercial buildings. Visit for the complete list of holiday promotions and events.
  • Join the KY Native American Heritage Commission in commemorating American Indian Heritage Month
    Monday, November 03, 2014
    November has been proclaimed American Indian Heritage Month in Kentucky by Gov. Steve Beshear, with several events planned across the Commonwealth, including a reception and exhibit by award-winning Cherokee artist Donald Vann Nov. 7-9 in Stanford. This is the 10th anniversary of the annual designation.
  • Kentucky Heritage Council will meet Oct. 29 in Frankfort
    Thursday, October 23, 2014
    The Kentucky Heritage Council will meet at 1:30 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Paul Sawyier Public Library, 319 Wapping St., Frankfort. The meeting is open to the public, and an agenda will be provided. The agency serves as the state historic preservation office.
  • Public invited to learn about preservation tools during free activities in Paducah Saturday, Oct. 25
    Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    The city of Paducah will serve as both a backdrop and learning lab for the “Preservation Tools and Strategies” conference Oct. 23-25, showcasing historic buildings and neighborhoods downtown as well as being the focal point for a regional discussion on the future of historic preservation in Kentucky. In addition to workshops for real estate agents and city officials, free events geared to the public will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT Saturday, Oct. 25.
  • Oct. 23 workshop on marketing, selling historic properties will offer CE credits for realtors, architects
    Friday, October 10, 2014
    Real estate agents and architects interested in learning more about marketing and selling historic properties, and earning continuing education credits, are encouraged to register for “Historic Preservation 101 for Real Estate Professionals,” from 9 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. CDT Thursday, Oct. 23, at River Discovery Center in Paducah. Real estate agents can earn 4 credit hours (2 law) through KREC; architects can earn 4 HSW LU through Central Kentucky AIA.