Kentucky Heritage Council
Master craftsman, celebrated photographer among keynote speakers for KY Preservation Conference
Kentucky Heritage Council
Historic Covington and northern Kentucky will host participants September 28-30
Release Date Contact: Diane Comer
IMMEDIATE 502-564-7005, ext. 120
September 26, 2006 email@example.com
“A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands and his brain and his heart is an artist.”
- Louis Nizer
FRANKFORT, Ky. – A keynote address by an internationally known and highly respected master bricklayer and historic brickwork consultant will kick off the 2006 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference on Thursday, September 28 in Covington. Educator and author Dr. Gerard Lynch of Great Britain will address participants during the opening plenary session, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Otto M. Budig Theater of the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Boulevard, with a lecture about how buildings hold some of our most precious memories – and why this underscores the importance of perpetuating traditional building crafts.
In keeping with the theme of the conference, The Art of Preservation, Lynch said he will seek opportunities to help educate homeowners and others “to appreciate the materials and technology that created their house and thus be alert to how to care for it correctly,” he said. “We must cherish our heritage of historic buildings and ensure their survival by bequeathing this and the following generations with the knowledge and skills to care for them.”
Other keynote speakers will be Kentucky State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) David L. Morgan, who will review the impact of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 and 40 years of preservation in Kentucky; and acclaimed Kentucky photographer James Archambeault, who will discuss his 20+ year career as an independent photographer specializing in nature and the landscape. Morgan’s presentation will take place at 11:30 a.m. Friday, September 29 aboard the Belle of Cincinnati, while Archambeault’s keynote will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 30 in the ballroom of the Marriott RiverCenter. Admission is included with conference registration.
Lynch began his career as an apprentice bricklayer and opened a private consulting practice in 1992. He is the author of Gauged Brickwork A Technical Handbook and Brickwork: History, Technology and Practice as well as peer-reviewed papers and articles on various aspects of his craft. He has traveled internationally to consult on proposed repairs and restoration of buildings as well as lecture to universities and heritage organizations, and he is the recipient of several honors and awards in his home country. His research has led to a revival of interest in gauged brickwork, a field in which he is considered one of the world's leading authorities. In the United States, Lynch is an instructor and advisor for the American College of Building Arts and an active member of the U.S.-based Preservation Trades Network and the International Trades Education Initiative.
A native of Oxford, Ohio, Morgan attended Centre College in Danville and has remained in Kentucky ever since. He has worked at the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office for nearly 30 years and served as executive director and SHPO since 1984. During his tenure, Morgan has created one of the country’s leading state preservation offices emphasizing education and outreach, with innovative programs including the Kentucky Main Street Program, the oldest statewide Main Street organization in the nation, and the first statewide rural preservation initiative. Under his direction, the Kentucky Heritage Council developed the Kentucky Civil War Sites Preservation Program, which has worked in partnership with numerous national, state and local Civil War preservation organizations and assisted with starting numerous non-profit “friends” organizations around Kentucky.
Archambeault has photographed four large-format coffee table books: Kentucky, 1982; Kentucky II, 1989; and Kentucky III, 1999, all by Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company, and The Gift of Pleasant Hill, A Shaker Community in Kentucky, 1991, by Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill near Harrodsburg. He will introduce and sign his newest book, James Archambeault’s Historic Kentucky, a photographic elegy with a foreword by Wendell Berry, during the conference. He also photographs and produces two annual wall calendars: Kentucky: A Photographic Journey through the Bluegrass State and Pawley’s Island: A Visit to the Historic Barrier Island off the Coast of South Carolina, as well as high-quality note cards and limited-edition posters focusing on the natural and scenic beauty of Kentucky, horses in their natural setting, and views of coastal areas. His work has appeared in many national publications including Architectural Digest, National Geographic, Time-Life Books and the Smithsonian Guide to Natural America.
The 2006 Kentucky Historic Preservation 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.
Registration is $180 or $75 for single-day attendance. Registration materials are available online at the Kentucky Heritage Council Web site, http://www.heritage.ky.gov/conference.htm. 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 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.
For questions or more information, call the Kentucky Heritage Council at 502-564-7005, ext. 126, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is also available by calling Preservation Kentucky at 270-358-9069 or emailing 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. 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