Kentucky Heritage Council
2nd KY Preservation Series event to include announcement of opportunities for public to weigh in on new five-year state plan

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 11, 2014  
Revision Date:  Wednesday, March 12, 2014 
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

The second entry in the 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series, Planning to Preserve, will coincide with the annual NKY Restoration Weekend, March 21-22, and include the rollout of a new survey and schedule of public meetings to engage Kentuckians in developing the next five-year state historic preservation plan.

Based in Covington, NKY Restoration Weekend is geared to owners of historic homes and buildings as well as anyone interested in building rehabilitation and preservation. Friday classes are restricted to architecture and planning professionals, while Saturday features a full day of “how-to” classes open to all. Activities are free, but preregistration is required.

As part of the lunch keynote on Saturday, Kentucky Heritage Council (KHC) Executive Director Craig Potts will launch the public phase of the strategic planning process and announce tools the public can use over the next few months to offer input. KHC serves as the state historic preservation office, and updating the five-year plan is required by the National Park Service to help states identify and conserve historic places they consider important.

“Since being appointed state historic preservation officer in June, one of my priorities has been improving our statewide outreach, so the timing is perfect,” Potts said. “My goal is to get feedback from as many Kentuckians as possible, to find out how well communities are saving and maintaining their historic buildings and neighborhoods, and whether local officials place a priority on trying to find new uses for places such as old post offices, schools and downtown commercial buildings.”

“Through this process, we are trying to assess whether communities are putting historic buildings and sites to work for economic growth,” he said. “For instance, do elected leaders support efforts to rehabilitate and preserve historic places so they can be used to attract new businesses, or draw tourists interested in experiencing local history in an authentic way? And how can our agency better support community development that emphasizes preserving unique and irreplaceable local assets?”

Potts said KHC is especially interested in better assisting property owners who live in houses or neighborhoods from the 1960s and earlier. This is the primary target audience of NKY Restoration Weekend.

Classes Friday, March 21, will take place from noon to 5 p.m. at Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., in partnership with the NKY American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association (KAPA). Four AIA and AICP credit hours are available.

Public classes Saturday, March 22, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gateway Urban Campus, 525 Scott St. Topics will include considerations for purchasing a historic home, first steps in planning a rehab project, researching a home’s history, preservation incentives including rehabilitation tax credits, dealing with building codes and permits, and care and maintenance of windows, wood floors and trim, interior finishes, gutters, tile and masonry. Others will cover home rehab financing, new approaches to energy efficiency and repurposing historic materials, and historic gardens and landscapes.

“Preservation: Crowdsourcing Community Investment” will be the lunch keynote presented by Dan Becker, manager of long-range city planning, development and historic preservation for the city of Raleigh, N.C. Afterward, he and historic preservation staff from Covington and Bellevue will conduct a roundtable discussion geared to local officials and preservation commissioners. Lunch is also free for the first 200 people who register.

NKY Restoration Weekend is funded in part by federal Certified Local Government funds, granted to the communities of Covington and Bellevue through KHC, from funds allocated by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. For a detailed schedule of classes or to register, visit

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The Kentucky Preservation Series is a new initiative of quarterly workshops and educational offerings presented by the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office in partnership with local government and community organizations. Events are designed to reach new audiences by exploring topics of broad interest to owners of historic homes and buildings, as well as anyone interested in strategies to preserve and utilize historic places, capitalize on authentic assets, promote heritage tourism and create positive energy that attracts residents and visitors. The series replaces the long-running biennial state preservation conference.

2014 Kentucky Preservation Series events:

Jan. 15-17, Frankfort
Creating Life on City Streets: Walkability, presented in partnership with Preservation Kentucky in conjunction with the annual Kentucky Main Street Program winter meeting, featuring keynote presenter Jeff Speck, noted city planner and author of “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time.”

March 21-22, Covington
Planning to Preserve, presented in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend, including rollout of a survey and series of public meetings to engage constituents in developing the next five-year state historic preservation plan.

August 1-2, Pikeville
Capitalizing on Culture, focusing on heritage tourism and nonprofit advocacy, making use of historic Main Streets and community infrastructure, cemetery preservation, and identifying themes that can help the region link unique places and create heritage tourism opportunities by telling an authentic story.

October 24-25, Paducah
Preservation Tools and Strategies, nuts-and-bolts programming to assist historic building preservation at the local level, including Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program (CAMP) training for local Kentucky Main Street Program and architectural review board members, training for real estate professionals, and educational sessions on rehabilitation tax credits, historic sites survey, nominating sites to the National Register, and community involvement in federally sponsored undertakings.

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites 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, heritage tourism, jobs creation, affordable housing, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.