May is National Historic Preservation Month!
Throughout May, the Kentucky Heritage Council will be posting some "Did you know?" content and fun facts on Facebook and Twitter, and continuing to use the #MyOldKyHome hashtag to share photos and highlight how preserving and reusing historic buildings and other resources creates a sense of place unique to Kentucky.
The Heritage Council also has several events planned to thank those who are taking the lead in their communities to protect Kentucky's historic resources. Some of Kentucky's brightest stars are in this photo, at left, taken at last year's Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation statewide historic preservation awards at the Governor's Mansion.
Click here for a high-resolution version [JPEG-1.4MB] of the photo, and watch for more about this year's winners. You can also download your own "This is MY Old Kentucky Home" sign [PDF-53KB] - then post your own pic to social media showing YOUR favorite Old Kentucky Home!
Preservation Month events
May 12: At 2 p.m., the public is invited to a ceremony with representatives of Town Square Bank, who will donate the deed to a prehistoric Native American burial mound site in Greenup County to the Archaeological Conservancy, to ensure its preservation and protection.
The elliptical mound is approximately 20' high by 80' long. A preliminary survey has found the earthwork dates to the Fort Ancient or Woodlands period, and could range from 500 to 2,500 years old. The mound is registered by the Office of State Archaeology and has been named Town Square Mound in honor of the generous contribution of the bank.
May 27: Presentation of the 37th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards at the Kentucky Governor's Mansion (invitation only). See photos from the 2014 ceremony, and a list of previous winners [PDF-28KB].
May 28: the Kentucky Historic Preservation Review Board will meet at 10 a.m. at Paul Sawyier Public Library, Frankfort, to consider nearly 20 nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. Open to the public. Check out the meeting agenda [Word-30KB] and read more about each of the nominations, below:
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 (top right) quantify the financial and cultural value that KHC programs such as rehabilitation tax credits and the Kentucky Main Street Program generate in economic investment back into communities. This information is presented both cumulatively (statewide) and by district, and a rehab tax credit project in each district of particular interest is highlighted.
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, email Vicki Birenberg, CLG and Planning Coordinator, or call 502-564-7005, ext. 126.
... to the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office website. 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 from every geographic region are appointed by the governor to serve four-year terms.
The Heritage Council is 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 across the state. Our rural heritage is well represented in all of our programs including the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a partnership with the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology, which promotes the preservation of archaeological sites and educates the public about archaeology and the importance of site protection.
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.
||Recent Kentucky Heritage Council Press Releases
- 37th annual statewide historic preservation award winners announced
Friday, May 22, 2015
K. Norman Berry, of Louisville, will be honored with the 2015 Memorial Award during the 37th annual presentation of the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Governor’s Mansion. The awards are presented in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office. Other award- winning projects and individuals hail from Covington, Frankfort, Laurel County, Lynch, Menifee County and Pike County.
- Prehistoric Native American burial mound site in rural Greenup County to be donated by Town Square Bank to The Archaeological Conservancy during public ceremony Tuesday
Thursday, May 07, 2015
A prehistoric Native American burial mound in rural Greenup County is being donated by Town Square Bank to The Archaeological Conservancy, a national nonprofit dedicated to acquiring and protecting endangered archaeological sites, during a public ceremony on site at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, during National Historic Preservation Month. Representatives on hand will include the chair of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission.
- Nominations sought for 37th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Awards honoring excellence in preserving Kentucky's historic places
Friday, March 20, 2015
Nominations are now being accepted for the 37th annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards, honoring worthy individuals, projects and organizations for excellence in preserving Kentucky's historic places. The awards are presented each May during National Historic Preservation Month.