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November is American Indian Heritage Month

Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission logoNovember has once again been proclaimed American Indian Heritage Month [PDF-85KB] in Kentucky by Gov. Steve Beshear. 2015 is the 11th anniversary of the annual designation and several activities are planned.

American Indian Heritage Month poster iconAt 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17, KHC's Kentucky Native American Heritage Coordinator Tressa Brown will present “Native Americans in Kentucky: Current Issues[PDF-282KB] at Lexington Public Library/Beaumont Branch, 3080 Fieldstone Way. Old myths and stereotypes, and new political and legal issues, will be discussed. The program is free but registration is required. External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.

The Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission (KNAHC) will meet at 1 p.m. Nov. 18 at Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort. Meetings are open to the public.

The commission was established under the auspices of the Kentucky Heritage Council to recognize and promote Native American contributions and influence in Kentucky history and culture. The body is made up of 17 members, eight of whom are required to be of Native American heritage, and includes representatives from institutions of higher learning, archaeology, Native American arts and the public.

According to Helen Danser of Tyner, KNAHC chair, many misperceptions and stereotypes exist about Native American Indian cultures.

“We hope the work we do is helping to clarify some of these, and continuing to add to our understanding of Native American contributions to our society,” she said. “For example, one common misperception is that all native people shared a similar way of life, when in reality, customs and language could differ greatly among tribes – just as they did, for example, in European cultures. Hundreds of years ago, just as today, there is a great deal of cultural diversity among American Indian tribes in terms of music, art, religious practice and traditions.”

Click here to read an op-ed commentary she authored in 2014, reprinted in newspapers across Kentucky.

Kentucky Native American Heritage Month was established by the Legislature in 1998 to recognize the contributions of Native Americans to Kentucky history and culture. According to the gubernatorial proclamation, “American Indians have lived in Kentucky for more than 12,000 years and have made significant contributions to Kentucky’s rich cultural heritage… We recognize the past, present, and future contributions that American Indians have made and continue to make to enhance the quality of life of all Kentuckians.”

Click here for a high-resolution file of the commemorative poster. [PDF - 607KB]

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 (at 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

Preservation Works: Historic Preservation Projects and Case Studies booklet coverPreservation Works

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.Morris Fork Community Center, Breathitt County

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


Preservation in Practice flier
The city of Hopkinsville and its Local Development Corporation will sponsor "Preservation in Practice: More than a Walk Down Memory Lane" Thursday, Nov. 19, featuring KHC staff. Learn more [JPEG-390KB]
Economic impact of historic preservation by Congressional District

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3rd District

4th District

5th District

6th District

Statewide Overview

2014 Kentucky Heritage Council Success Stories [Word-28KB]


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Last Updated 11/12/2015