Kentucky Heritage Council
Registration materials available online for 2006 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference September 28-30 in Covington
Kentucky Heritage Council
The Art of Preservation: Celebrating 40 Years of Historic Preservation in Kentucky
Release Date Contact: Diane Comer
IMMEDIATE 502-564-7005, ext. 120
August 31, 2006 firstname.lastname@example.org
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Complete registration materials including a registration form and conference agenda are now available online for the 2006 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference slated September 28-30 in Covington. For information, visit the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office Web site at www.heritage.ky.gov.
The biennial conference is presented by the Heritage Council, an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, and the statewide, non-profit advocacy organization Preservation Kentucky, Inc., in cooperation with Renaissance Covington, Inc. Sessions and activities will interpret the theme The Art of Preservation with this year’s conference also celebrating the 40th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, landmark legislation that led to the creation of state preservation agencies such as the Heritage Council and established the National Register of Historic Places.
“Most everyone can think of a historic building in their community that has been lost that they wish could have been preserved,” said David L. Morgan, Heritage Council executive director and state historic preservation officer. “This conference is an opportunity for anyone who is interested in preservation to learn more about practical ideas, incentives and tools that are available to help preserve Kentucky’s unique heritage, and we’ll be highlighting many success stories to underscore this as well.”
The conference will showcase the craftsmanship involved in the restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings as well as the art of vision, collaboration, negotiation and fundraising required to undertake historic preservation projects. Participants will learn about successful preservation projects and programs across the state as well as effective techniques and strategies to protect Kentucky’s heritage and unique cultural landscapes.
“It’s important that we take time to commemorate preservation achievements in Kentucky over the last four decades, but communities also face many challenges so it’s important that we not take our historic buildings for granted,” said Joanna Hinton, Preservation Kentucky executive director. “Covington and the greater Northern Kentucky region will be the perfect backdrop for events since these communities are learning to successfully blend old and new, and we’ll be using established preservation organizations, Main Streets and historic districts, neighborhood associations and local museums to educate others from across the Commonwealth.“
Conference activities will include educational sessions and workshops, panel discussions, keynote addresses, tours and mobile workshops, a track dedicated to the Kentucky Main Street Program and an exhibit area and bookstore. Topics will range from preservation basics to more advanced tracks and include preserving rural heritage, historic building research, historic district ordinances, appealing to the “Boomer” market, African American heritage, hands-on preservation and craftsman training, and the unique challenges of preserving historic churches, cemeteries and bridges. Sessions will also explore the Section 106 review process, nominating sites to the National Register of Historic Places, incentive programs such as historic preservation tax credits, leveraging historic sites for heritage tourism, successful preservation case studies, and research focusing on Kentucky places. A panel discussion will look at case studies and strategies being used by communities – including Covington – that are targeting artists and cultural activities to revitalize historic districts and neighborhoods.
Sessions will take place at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and at the conference hotel, the Marriott RiverCenter, as well as at venues throughout the region. Highlights will include the opening plenary session at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, a restored Carnegie Library and beaux arts theater dating to 1904; an opening night reception at the Baker Hunt Art and Culture Center; Preservation Kentucky’s advocacy breakfast at historic Trinity Episcopal Church and a festive dinner and auction at the Odd Fellows Hall downtown, a local landmark preserved after being nearly destroyed by fire; tours of the Licking Riverside neighborhood as well as Newport, Boone County, Ludlow and the Roebling Bridge, a National Historic Landmark; and a keynote lecture aboard the Belle of Cincinnati.
The last statewide preservation conference took place in Danville in 2002, with Louisville hosting the National Preservation Conference in 2004. Covington last hosted the statewide conference in 1991.
Registration cost is $150 for registration through September 8; $180 after that date. Student registration is $100 and single-day attendance is $75. Tours, Preservation Kentucky events and guests are an additional cost; see the conference brochure for complete details.
For questions or more information about sponsorships or exhibits, call the Kentucky Heritage Council at 502-564-7005, ext. 126, or email email@example.com. Information is also available by calling Preservation Kentucky at 270-358-9069 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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An agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens. This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. www.heritage.ky.gov
Preservation Kentucky is a membership-based, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Kentucky’s historic resources through education and advocacy. Preservation Kentucky provides an important link between the public and private sector and also helps monitor and promote preservation-friendly legislation at the local, state and federal levels. By working for the restoration and adaptive reuse of historic properties today, the economic benefits of historic preservation will help to safeguard the unique Kentucky landscape for future generations. www.preservationkentucky.org