2014 marks the beginning of a new approach to thinking about historic preservation, and your opportunity to learn from exciting speakers and dynamic programming. For the first time, the Kentucky Heritage Council and our partner, Preservation Kentucky, will be bringing you the 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series – a new initiative of quarterly workshops designed for broad appeal, and to give you the information you need to help care for your historic home or building and work more effectively to support preservation efforts in your own community.
Given today's reality of tight budgets and limited travel time, this series will take place in lieu of the long-running biennial statewide historic preservation conference, which many of you have attended over the years. The goal of this new series is to present relevant preservation-related topics and hands-on training in strategic locations across the Commonwealth, working in concert with partner organizations at the local level, in venues accessible to a wide range of constituents.
To kick off the new Kentucky Preservation Series, the Kentucky Heritage Council and Preservation Kentucky proudly announce the premiere event:
Creating Life on City Streets: Walkability
A presentation and workshop featuring Jeff Speck, author of the new book “Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time”
Jan. 16-17 – Frankfort
Made possible through the generous support of KHC board member Nana Lampton
Lecture and book signing - 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16
Grand Theatre, St. Clair Mall
$10 general admission
Workshop - 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17
These presentations will coincide with the annual winter meeting of the Kentucky Main Street Program, January 15-17 in Frankfort. New this year, the public is invited to join local Main Street managers, board members, elected officials and others to learn about current issues in community revitalization. Topics will be of broad interest to communities interested in learning about strategies to preserve and utilize their historic downtown buildings, capitalize on authentic assets, and create positive energy that attracts residents and visitors.
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, 200 Mero Street
$25, open to the public
The Kentucky Heritage Council administers the Kentucky Main Street Program, who is presenting the conference in partnership with the nonprofit organization Friends of Kentucky Main Street. A complete agenda and other registration details will be announced soon. Watch here for more!
About Jeff Speck
Coauthor of the landmark bestseller Suburban Nation, Speck is a city planner who advocates for smart growth and sustainable design. As the former director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts, he oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, where he worked with dozens of American mayors on their most pressing city planning challenges. He leads a design practice based in Washington, D.C. For more, see www.jeffspeck.com
About Walkable Cities
Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability.
The very idea of a modern metropolis evokes visions of bustling sidewalks, vital mass transit, and a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban core. But in the typical American city, the car is still king, and downtown is a place that’s easy to drive to but often not worth arriving at.
Making walkability happen is relatively easy and cheap; seeing exactly what needs to be done is the trick. In this essential new book, Speck reveals the invisible workings of the city, how simple decisions have cascading effects, and how we can all make the right choices for our communities.
Bursting with sharp observations and real-world examples, giving key insight into what urban planners actually do and how places can and do change, Walkable City lays out a practical, necessary, and eminently achievable vision of how to make our normal American cities great again.
The Preservation Payoff
Each year the Kentucky Heritage Council compiles information about the impact of historic preservation in each of Kentucky's six Congressional districts. These data sheets quantify the financial and cultural value that KHC programs such as rehab tax credits and the Kentucky Main Street Program generate in investment back into communities. This information is presented both cumulatively (statewide) and by district, and projects in each district of particular interest are highlighted.
Two documents have been created for each Congressional district based on 2012 statistics - one of general interest, and a separate data sheet showing the impressive economic impact generated by state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credit programs administered by KHC. Find these in the column at right.
Please use these to help illustrate the economic and cultural impact that historic preservation programs are having in your community!
In 2012, Annville Institute in Jackson County was listed in the National Register of Historic Places
Does your legislator, local elected official, family member, friend or neighbor want to know more about historic preservation? Would you like to learn about how current preservation projects across the state are creating jobs, attracting private investment, generating tax revenue, promoting environmental sustainability, contributing to community planning and improving our quality of life? Then check out Preservation Works! Historic Preservation Projects and Case Studies [PDF - 976KB], produced by the Kentucky Heritage Council. For a hard copy, e-mail Vicki Birenberg, CLG and Planning Coordinator, or call 502-564-7005, ext. 126.
... to the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office Web site. Our mission is to identify, preserve and protect the cultural resources of Kentucky. Heritage Council staff administer all state and federal historic preservation and incentive programs in Kentucky, including the National Register of Historic Places. Sixteen Kentucky Heritage Council members are appointed by the governor of the state to serve four year terms on the Heritage Council. Council members live across the state representing the citizens of the Commonwealth and engaging in historic preservation projects.
The Heritage Council is a repository of a priceless assemblage of survey forms, maps, photographs and other images in its unique archival collection of inventories of historic structures and archaeological sites in the state. Our rural heritage is highlighted in a variety of programs including the Kentucky Crossroads Rural Heritage Development Initiative, an rural preservation/economic development partnership with Preservation Kentucky. The Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a partnership with the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology, promotes the preservation of archaeological sites and educates the public about protecting these resources.
The Heritage Council seeks to build a greater awareness of Kentucky's historic places and to encourage the long-term preservation of Kentucky's significant cultural resources. Kentucky leads the nation in the number of Preserve America communities, is fourth in the number of properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and administers the federal and statewide rehabilitation tax credit programs.