Kentucky Heritage Council
"This is MY Old Kentucky Home" Facebook photo contest to launch at noon Weds., April 23, at historic sites across the state

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, April 22, 2014  
Revision Date:  Tuesday, April 22, 2014 
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

Sadie and Maude with their contest signs

Statewide launch of the month-long “This is MY Old Kentucky Home” Facebook Photo Contest, sponsored by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC).

Kentucky Main Street Program communities, nonprofit organizations, historic sites and individuals will be taking part in the launch, with group photos planned all across the Commonwealth. Contest participants are invited to post photos and vote for their favorites throughout May. The contest winner will receive an all-expense paid weekend in Bardstown, site of Federal Hill, the house that is said to have inspired Stephen Foster to write “My Old Kentucky Home.”

Noon (EDT) Wednesday, April 23


  • Street shot from Main Street, Paris (Craig Potts, KHC executive director and state historic preservation officer, and other KHC staff will participate), hosted by Paris Main Street
  • Belle of Louisville wharf, Louisville, including a class from Bourbon Central Elementary School
  • Hunt-Morgan House, Lexington, hosted by the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Marshall County Courthouse, Benton, hosted by Benton Main Street
  • Historic Post Office at Constitution Square, Danville, hosted by Heart of Danville
  • Fort Thomas Stables and Midway Historic District, Fort Thomas, hosted by Fort Thomas Renaissance
  • Centre Square, Lebanon (formerly Lebanon middle and high school), hosted by Lebanon Main Street
  • Elks Home, 2024 Cumberland Ave., Middlesboro, hosted by Discover Downtown Middlesboro
  • Rowan County Arts Center, 215 E. Main St., Morehead, hosted by Downtown Morehead Inc.
  • Calloway County Court House, Murray, hosted by Murray Main Street
  • Perryville Elementary School, hosted by Perryville Main Street
  • York House, Main Street, Pikeville, hosted by Pikeville Main Street
  • Historic 1816 Washington County Court House, Springfield, hosted by Springfield Main Street
  • Federal Hill at My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown, hosted by the park and the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission
  • And more!

In addition to the annual running of the Kentucky Derby, May is National Historic Preservation Month, and the goal is to highlight the many different kinds of historic places that Kentuckians feel at “home.”

Participants download the contest sign, found at, or make their own; hold it in front of their favorite Old Kentucky Home; get a snapshot; then “like” the KHC’s Facebook page and submit it to win – the only rule being, the site must be 50 years old or older. We want to know where the photo was taken, and why the place photographed is special. The top five photos with the most “likes” will go into a random drawing to determine the winner.

Contest period is noon April 23 through midnight (EDT) Friday, May 23. The winner will be announced during the last week of May.

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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 archaeological 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, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.