Call for nominations - new deadline Friday, April 18
36th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards
Nominations are being accepted for the 36th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards, which recognize excellence in the preservation of Kentucky’s historic buildings and cultural resources, including archaeological sites. Contributions can be through investment, advocacy, volunteerism, building partnerships, public involvement, lifelong commitment or significant achievement.
The awards are presented each May, during National Historic Preservation Month, by the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation and Kentucky Heritage Council.
Nominations are accepted for Preservation Projects, honoring outstanding examples of historic building restoration or rehabilitation, or for other projects that have furthered preservation of Kentucky’s built environment or cultural resources; Service to Preservation, recognizing individuals, organizations, nonprofits, public officials, financial institutions, news media, volunteers and others whose contributions have had a positive impact in their communities; and the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Award, to the individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the cause of historic preservation in the Commonwealth.
2013 honorees were the Cox Building in Maysville (shown left); Rockcastle River Historic Truss Bridge; Sadieville Rosenwald School; Nancy Adams, for her work at Pine Mountain Settlement School; Keith Nagle, for his leadership with Discover Downtown Middlesboro; and the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation deTours Committee, for encouraging central Kentucky residents to become more familiar with local history and the process and benefits of adaptive reuse. Stephen L. Collins, of Shelbyville, was recognized with the Memorial Award. Also for the first time, Grassroots Awards were given, for Bethel Church and Cemetery, Pendleton County, and Friends of Sherman Tavern, Dry Ridge.
Nominations may be submitted via email to email@example.com; by fax, to 502-564-5820; or via mail or in person delivery to the Kentucky Heritage Council, 300 Washington St., Frankfort, KY 40601. Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of judges representing various agencies and nonprofit organizations, including the Kentucky Heritage Council and members of the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation. All nominations must be received in this office or postmarked by Friday, April 18. NOTE: This deadline has been extended one week
Help set the course for preservation in Kentucky
The Kentucky Heritage Council is seeking public input to develop goals and strategies for the state's new five-year historic preservation plan, required by the National Park Service to help states identify and conserve historic places they consider important.
Take the Survey today to help set the course for preservation in Kentucky over the next five years.
KHC's 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.
"We are trying assess whether communities are putting historic buildings and sites to work for economic growth," said Craig Potts, KHC executive director and state historic preservation officer. "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?"
2014 Kentucky Preservation Series
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. Keynote presenter: Jeff Speck, 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 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 Kentucky Main Street Program and architectural review board members; real estate professional courses; and educational sessions on rehabilitation tax credits, historic sites survey, nominating sites to the National Register, and community involvement in federally sponsored undertakings
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.
||Recent Kentucky Heritage Council Press Releases
- Statewide preservation awards nomination deadline extended to Friday, April 18
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
The nomination deadline for the 36th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards has been extended to Friday, April 18. The awards recognize excellence in the preservation of Kentucky’s historic buildings and cultural resources, including archaeological sites.
- Nominate a building rehab project, organization or individual for annual historic preservation awards
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Nominations are now being accepted for the 36th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards, which recognize excellence in the preservation of Kentucky’s historic buildings and cultural resources, including archaeological sites. The awards are presented each May, during National Historic Preservation Month, by the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation and Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office.
- 2nd KY Preservation Series event to include announcement of opportunities for public to weigh in on new five-year state plan
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The second entry in the 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series, Planning to Preserve, will coincide with the annual NKY Restoration Weekend in Covington, 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.
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