Preservation Kentucky is the Commonwealth's statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization. We are a membership-based organization devoted to preserving buildings, structures, and sites in every region and every town in the state. Preservation Kentucky is committed to preserving vestiges of all Kentuckians' past - from shotgun houses in Louisville to African American rural communities across the state to roadside architecture, such as the Parkette Drive-In in Lexington, to important prehistoric archeological sites. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.
Preservation Kentucky is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that relies on membership revenue, grants, and other donations for operating funds. Members include individuals, businesses, community organizations, and government agencies.
1) PK held the 2010 Historic Preservation Conference in Frankfort in partnership with the KY Heritage Council and the Preservation Trades Network. Approximately, 450 people came to the state capitol to learn about topics such as preservation craft training and energy efficiency in historic buildings.
2) The Rural Heritage Development Initiative (RHDI) program has expanded past the original eight-county area to serve the entire state. For more info on this program, visit: http://www.kycrossroadsregion.com/
3) PK staff has conducted Strategic Plan Listening Sessions for our five year action plan. Sessions were held in Sadieville, Northern Kentucky, Paducah, Whitesburg, Louisville, and Lexington. The plan will be available online in January 2011.
4) The 2011 Preservation Pedal: A Bike Tour of Historic Springfield and Washington Counties was held on July 2, 2011. 176 cyclists---many of whom were unaware of PK’s work--- traversed Washington County’s beautiful countryside, and viewed sites such as the Mt Zion Covered Bridge, the Mordechai Lincoln house, and the historic Grundy farms. Next year’s location is currently being discussed!
5) Kentucky’s first Historic Preservation Legislative Summit was held in Frankfort, KY on August 18-19, 2011. Historic preservationists and archaeologists from across the Commonwealth will convened to discuss the future of state and national historic preservation legislation. The Summit featured information regarding the importance of a strong federal, state, and local preservation program with a compliment of adequate laws and regulations, which meets PK’s core mission of education and advocacy.
6) Preservation Kentucky’s 2011 Endangered List highlighted themes that impact historic preservation, such as the issues facing small town Kentucky, as well as property types, such as rock shelters, that require public education to understand their plight. For more info, please visit:http://www.preservationkentucky.org/pages.php?id=8
As I complete my first full year as Executive Director, I am convinced of the importance of Preservation Kentucky’s mission of education and advocacy. As many of you know, PK traversed the state over the past year in search of input for our five-year Strategic Action Plan. During those meetings, it became clear that access to and sufficient knowledge of historic preservation tools is lacking in some parts of the state. Further, Kentucky has experienced this recession acutely, especially with regard to preservation funding. The loss of funding through federal programs means that fewer preservation projects can be accomplished---which translates into fewer buildings preserved and fewer jobs created.
With all this in mind, PK has developed a work plan for the next year that includes education and advocacy efforts front and center. Beginning with our Historic Preservation Lobby Days in January 2012, PK will doggedly pursue increased incentives for historic preservation on the federal, state, and local levels.
In terms of education, PK will again partner with the KY Heritage Council on the 2012 Historic Preservation Conference. PK will also make a concerted effort to help educate Kentuckians in the far east and far western portions of our state---where preservation statistics, such as use of tax credits, are low. The Rural Heritage program will continue to focus on education and outreach, with respect to cultivating preservation capacity across our Commonwealth, in areas where resources are not easily found.
Several fun events have been planned for 2012 as well. The Preservation Pedal will take cyclists on a great historic tour, and a family friendly hike at Red River Gorge will be offered in the spring to highlight important rockshelters. Toward the end of 2012, PK will sponsor an awards ceremony and dinner.
Preservation Kentucky has been blessed with strong support from people like you in the past. However, to continue our successful programs and advocacy efforts, we need your support. As 2011 draws to a close, please consider either becoming a member and joining us in this effort or donating an additional gift to Preservation Kentucky. Your gifts are what make the work of Preservation Kentucky possible and we are so truly grateful for your support.
On a personal note, I am honored to be able to work with all of you to accomplish these goals and look forward to serving your preservation needs in the new year. Thanks and have a great Christmas season.
I am honored to be voted in as the new Chair of Preservation Kentucky. Having been on the Board since 2007, I have seen PK undergo a series of positive changes and I am proud to be on board for the next phase in PK’s development. A large part of this development is, of course, our staff. RHDI staff Amy Potts has worked tirelessly for PK for the last six years and has helped Kentuckians gain much traction in understanding the vital importance of rural heritage to economic development. Executive Director Rachel Kennedy, a more recent addition to staff, has helped guide PK into new territory with events and programs such as the Preservation Pedal, the 2011 Strategic Action Plan, and the upcoming Legislative Summit. This essential personnel, along with our intern from UK’s Historic Preservation Graduate Program—Eric Whisman, carry out the core mission and duties of the organization. We owe them a debt gratitude for their service to preservation in the Commonwealth.
As always, increasing membership and awareness of PK is an opportunity and a challenge. We hope to raise the profile for both Preservation Kentucky and preservation in Kentucky over the next five years.
Rachel Kennedy is the Executive Director for Preservation Kentucky. Rachel is a native Kentuckian with a great passion for the Commonwealth's important historic buildings and places. Rachel graduated from the University of Kentucky's Historic Preservation Master's program in December 1999 and worked for the Kentucky Heritage Council, the State Historic Preservation Office for ten years, where she administrated the Site Identification and Registration Programs. She has also worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a heritage tourism consultant and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission as a preservation planner. She is a former board member for the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation and served on the board of the Louisville Historical League.
Her experiences in historic preservation practice reflect diverse interests including preservation craft training, vernacular architectural history, heritage tourism, heritage education, African American community preservation, advocacy and preservation planning.
is an annual program sponsored in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council. This effort engages primary and secondary school students in a theme related to historic preservation. Students work with a teacher to select, photograph, and write about historic places in their communities and explain why they believe them to be significant and worthy of preservation.
The Rural Heritage Development Initiative (RHDI)
began in 2006 as a three-year demonstration program of the National
Trust for Historic Preservation. The RHDI was intended to help develop and implement
preservation-based economic development strategies in the eight-county
Central Kentucky area of Boyle, Green, LaRue, Marion, Mercer, Nelson,
Taylor and Washington. The RHDI was one of two pilot programs in the
country, the other located in the Arkansas Delta.
this time, the RHDI has expanded field services and technical support to
rural areas across the state. Staffing is now provided with the
assistance of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Robert
Wilson Challenge Grant. Key programming includes barn preservation,
revitalization help for small communities, heritage tourism support, and
much more. For more information, please contact Amy Potts, Rural
Heritage Programs Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kentucky State Historic Preservation Conference
is a biennial educational event co-sponsored with the Kentucky Heritage
Council. Preservation Kentucky has been a partner in this effort since
2000. Since that time, the
conference has taken place in various communities across Kentucky,
including Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Frankfort, Bardstown,
Danville, and Covington. Historic places in each of these locations
have served as the meeting backdrop to highlight successes and issues in
preservation as well as provide a venue for Kentuckians to learn from
guest speakers and presenters from other states and countries.
State Preservation Conference is currently being planned. More
information about this event will be shared by in January 2012. We hope
you will be able to participate in the next biennial conference. Stay
tuned for more details.
Preservation Kentucky’s approach to
Endangered Listing has changed since the last list appeared several
years ago. This year, PK highlighted themes that impact historic
preservation, such as the issues facing small town Kentucky, as well as
property types, such as rock shelters, that require public education to
understand their plight.
The following themes and property types will be announced on the Endangered List throughout the remainder of 2011:
The following themes and property types were announced as of November 2011:
1)Historic Wood Windows---Announced, Monday, July 25, 2011
2)Historic Preservation Funding---Announced, Friday August 19, 2011
3)Historic Barns and outbuildings---Announced, Tuesday September 13, 2011.
4) Courthouses and courthouse areas
5)Small Town Kentucky---Announced May 23, 2011
6)Rockshelters and Archaeology---Announced, Thursday, September 22, 2011
7)Hogan's Pavilion in Cherokee Park---To be announced: Friday, October 14, 2011 at 12 noon
The Summit is a biennial gathering at the KY State Capitol, several months prior to the budget session of the KY Legislature. Main Street managers, archaelogists, community preservationists, and planners come together to discuss development and enhancement of historic preservation policy in the Commonwealth. One goal behind this summit is to have grassroots input and build consensus on PK's legislative platform. Another goal is to identify key issues impacting historic preservation practice and develop strategies to resolve them. For more information on the 2011 summit,click here. Historic Preservation Lobby Day is planned for January 26 2012.
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