Governor's Office for Local Development
Governor Fletcher Approves Funding for the Bullitt County History Museum

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 28, 2006  
Contact Information:  Samantha Cook
Public Information Officer

        Governor Ernie Fletcher and the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD) today announced a $6,710 Cemetery Preservation Fund grant for the Bullitt County History Museum.  Funds will be used to restore the Shepherdsville Cemetery. 

“Cemeteries are places where we honor those who have gone before us," said Governor Fletcher. "It is out of this respect that we seek to preserve and protect these sacred grounds.  This funding will restore the Shepherdsville Cemetery, making it a nicer place for people in the community to visit.”

            Cemetery Preservation Fund grants will be used for the initial cleanup, landscaping, fencing and signage for the Shepherdsville Cemetery.

            Senator Gary Tapp (R-Waddy) said, “The restoration of the Shepherdsville Cemetery means that this important landmark will continue to be an honor to our forebears and a reminder to our future generations.”

            "Through this grant we can see why the Cemetery Preservation Fund Program is vitally important. The program not only has preserved our Bullitt County History Museum, but it also has secured the beauty and safety of this cemetery, so that families may pay their respects in an honorable atmosphere," said Representative Dwight Butler (R-Harned).

        "There is a great deal of work that needs to be done in the Shepherdsville Cemetery," said Representative David Floyd (R-Bardstown). "Thankfully, this funding will provide thousands of dollars to make those much needed improvements to preserve our important cemetery."

        "The Bullitt County History Museum Board and volunteers have worked tirelessly to receive these funds," said Mary Harper (R-Shepherdsville). "I applaud and honor each and every person who made these funds available."

        "Paying respects to your loved ones and appreciating your family history is part of our Commonwealth’s tradition," said Representative Gerry Lynn (R-Brandenburg). "This funding will allow our community an opportunity to honor that tradition."

            The Kentucky Cemetery Preservation program funds maintenance, preservation and restoration activities.  Examples of maintenance activities include initial cleanup and landscaping, purchasing equipment, fencing, signage and improving interior roads. Preservation and restoration activities include acquiring conservation easements, surveying boundaries and repairing and cleaning tombstones.

Other activities that are eligible for funding are historic research, archiving, training to support cemetery preservation and improving access roads.

Counties may establish five-member county cemetery boards to apply for grants. State agencies, local governments, and certain nonprofit organizations – cemeteries, historical and genealogical groups, and local civic groups – also may apply. However, applications from county boards will receive funding priority.

The maximum grant that a group can receive is $25,000 and the minimum grant is $1,000, and a one-to-one local match is required.

        A five-member state board oversees the program and makes funding decisions. The state board is chaired by the Commissioner of GOLD and also represents the Kentucky Heritage Council, the Kentucky Historical Society, the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky African-American Heritage Commission.