Kentucky Heritage Council
Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Preservation Awards nomination deadline April 16
Kentucky Heritage Council News Release
Nominations sought for 29th annual Ida Lee Willis
Memorial Foundation Preservation Awards
Public encouraged to nominate deserving individuals, projects and organizations
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Contact: Diane Comer
502-564-7005, ext. 120
FRANKFORT, Ky. – The deadline is quickly approaching for nominations to be received for 2007 Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Preservation Awards, presented annually to individuals, organizations and projects that have made a significant contribution to the preservation of Kentucky’s heritage. Awards will be announced during a ceremony at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 at the Henry Clay Hotel, 604 S. 3th Street, Louisville, in conjunction with statewide festivities recognizing May as National Preservation Month.
Nominations must be submitted to the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office, 300 Washington Street, Frankfort, KY, 40601, in person or via mail or fax at 502-564-5820. All entries must be postmarked by Monday, April 16. Nominations will be reviewed and awards made by a panel of judges representing various historical organizations across the state, including the Kentucky Heritage Council and members of the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation.
Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Preservation Awards recognize those who have demonstrated an understanding of and an appreciation for the value of preserving and reusing Kentucky’s historic and prehistoric resources, whether through the restoration of an important building, structure or community resource or through a lifetime commitment to encouraging and promoting historic preservation.
The foundation was chartered in 1979 to honor Ida Lee Willis, the first executive director of the Kentucky Heritage Commission (now the Kentucky Heritage Council) and widow of former Governor Simeon Willis. It was during Mrs. Willis’ tenure that Kentucky’s successful statewide historic preservation program was initiated.
Awards are presented in three categories:
· Preservation Project Awards recognize outstanding examples of restoration or rehabilitation of historic buildings, or other types of projects that have had a positive impact on Kentucky’s built environment.
· Service to Preservation Awards honor those who have furthered historic preservation activities or have had a positive impact in their communities, including individuals, organizations, public officials, financial institutions, news media, and/or volunteers.
· The Ida Lee Willis Memorial Award goes to the individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the cause of historic preservation in the Commonwealth. The 2006 honoree was Dr. Doris Y. Wilkinson of Lexington.
In addition, the ceremony will recognize 2007 winners from the 9th Annual Statewide Photo-Essay Competition, sponsored by the Kentucky Heritage Council and Preservation Kentucky, Inc., and open to all Kentucky schoolchildren in grades 1-12. The 2007 theme, The Art of Historic Preservation, is intended to encourage students to think about historic buildings in a new light and consider the artistry required not only for construction but for their preservation and continued use. Please note the deadline for entries in this competition has been extended to Monday, April 30.
Winning photos and student essays from previous years are available online at Preservation Kentucky’s Web site, www.preservationkentucky.org.
Nomination forms and more information about eligibility criteria for the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Preservation Awards are available at the Kentucky Heritage Council Web site, www.heritage.ky.gov. Or for more information, contact Becky Shipp, KHC Site Development Program manager, at 502-564-7005, ext. 133, or email email@example.com
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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.