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2012 Historic Preservation Conference Schedule

2012 Historic Preservation Conference


Notes & Updates

Updates, additions, & changes will be posted here as we continue conference planning.


Continuing Education Credits:

HB 55, KRS 147A requires continuing education for each planning professional, planning commissioner, board of adjustment member, zoning official, and other planning staff and board members. Staff are securing continuing education credits with the Department for Local Government.

The following organizations are offering credits for professional development:

1 -Eight hours of self-reported KAPA credits are available for all sessions at the conference with the exception of: 

  • Selling Historic Properties Successfully
  • Opening reception
  • Preservation Kentucky Dinner
  • Archaeology on the lawn
  • Preservation 101 
Download KAPA form here.  Please note that KAPA credits are self-reported. Instructions are included on the form prepared for PK by KAPA Professional Development Officer Amy Williams

2 -All educational classes and workshops are available for credit through the Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) on an hour for hour basis.  City officials participating in KLC’s City Officials Training Center can use up to 10 hours of outside credit.  City officials who participate in training incentive programs (commonly referred to as House Bill 119 cities) have no limits as to what they can turn in for outside credit.  City officials may make a approvable case for conference tours as well.

Download the KLC form here.

3 -The Kentucky Real Estate Commission approved the following continuing education courses and instructors through December 31, 2012: 

 #12311 - Preservation 101 for KY Real Estate Professionals: 6 hours (3 law)

4 -The Central Kentucky Chapter of the AIA will offer a total of 9 LUs available in two days – 7 of these could be earned with a one day registration on Friday – including the screening of ‘The Greenest Building’ at 7pm on Friday. For information regarding each eligible session, please contact Jen Williamson with the Kentucky Heritage Council at

5-The Department for Local Government has approved 16.5 hours of training incentive credits for county officials.  Details and the Proof of Attendance Form is available by clicking here
6-The Kentucky Main Street Program has approved 2 training credits for certified Main St programs.




Online registration will be available until Wednesday, September 19th at 12 noon. If you register after that time, you must do so in person at the Princeton Welcome Center at 206 East Market Street in Princeton, KY.  Please note that registration will increase after Friday, August 31st. Register before that time to get a discounted rate!!

The conference registration form can also be printed out and mailed with payment to Preservation Kentucky at 306 West Main Street, Suite 501 Frankfort, Kentucky 40601


Agenda for Thursday, September 20th

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Click here for afternoon Educational Sessions

Click here for Opening Plenary and Reception


Agenda for Friday September 21st

Click here for Practical Preservation Showcase

Click here for Educational Sessions from 8:30 am to 11:50 am

Click here for Keynote Talk and Panel Discussion 

Click here for Educational Sessions from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Click here for Friday dinner and film activities


Agenda for Saturday, September 22nd

Click here for Practical Preservation Showcase

Click here for Tours

Click here for Preservation 101 

Click here for Morning Educational Session

Click here for Closing Brunch with Donovan Rypkema


SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE  (click here)


Thursday, September 20

8 am Registration Opens

4 pm Registration Closes

Princeton Tourist Welcome Center



8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

All tours depart from the Princeton Tourist Welcome Center: 201 E. Main St, Princeton, KY

Mantle Rock Archaeology Tour(Click here)  Tour Itinerary

 Join the director of the Kentucky Archaeology Survey, David Pollack, on a tour of several archaeological sites within the Mantle Rock Nature Preserve. During our hike, tour participants will visit the Mantle Rock sandstone arch. Dr. Pollack will interpret several archaeological sites during the tour including: rockshelters (on PK’s 2011-12 Endangered List), the Mantle Rock Petroglyph, the McGilligan Creek Mound Complex, and the McGilligan Creek Village Site. Archaeological deposits at the Mantle Rock Nature Preserve date as long ago as 8,000 B.C. to A.D. 800.   

Ticketed – $55 per person; space is limited so register now!

Day-of registration is $65 per person


Land of Lakes Tour:   (Click here)  Tour Itinerary

Explore the relocated communities of Eddyville and Kuttawa, enjoy the beauty of historic Old Eddyville along Lake Barkley at the mouth of the Cumberland River, then tour the legendary Kentucky State Penitentiary, the “Castle on the Cumberland,” a massive stone prison constructed between 1884-1890 and notorious for its executions by electric chair. Learn more about the history of Lyon County at the nearby Rose Hill Museum, then travel to the beautiful Cherokee State Park at Kentucky Lake, Kentucky’s first segregated state park, and the historic Wilson Blair African American one-room school in Fredonia.  

Ticketed – $55 per person; space is limited so register now!

Day-of registration is $65 per person


• Discover Dawson Springs:

 Learn about the unique history of Dawson Springs – from its earliest days as home to Native Americans and site of “The Big Bend in Tradewater River,” through its development as a railroad town, to the discovery of mineral wells in the late 19th century and an explosion in popularity that led it to become one of the South’s leading health resort destinations. View historical displays at the Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center; take a walking tour of a local National Register district; visit the historic Riverside Park, site of spring training for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1914 through 1917; and explore several WPA and CCC buildings constructed during the early 20th century in the surrounding Pennyrile region.  This tour will conclude at 2 pm.

***Note: Time change to 11 am-2 pm

Ticketed - $35 per person; space is limited so register now! Box lunch is included.

Day-of registration stays the same.




9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Historic Preservation for Real Estate Professionals: Selling Historic Properties Successfully

(Click here)  Course Itinerary

Robin Zeigler, Historic Zoning Administrator, Nashville Metro Historic Zoning Commission

Adsmore House and Gardens Carriage House

Historic buildings are valuable for their charm, character and proximity within already well-established communities. Buyers are attracted to stable property values, existing infrastructure, aesthetically pleasing neighborhoods with diversity in building size, style and materials, and amenities such as walkability and proximity to local shopping and schools. This one-day workshop is designed for real estate professionals interested in learning more about historic homes and the benefits they offer. Topics will cover historic designations, rules and regulations related to historic zoning, common architectural styles, the inherent “greenness“ and sustainability of reusing buildings, economic advantages, and incentives such as historic preservation tax credits. The course will also examine common myths and misperceptions associated with historic properties, and provide techniques and strategies for successully marketing and selling them.

* Cost: $75. Participants are not required to register for the full conference to attend this workshop. Workshop runs 9 am to 5 pm.

Day-of registration is $90 per person.

(Click here)  Course Itinerary



9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

 Our History Rests Here: Preservation and Restoration of Historic Cemeteries

(Click here)  Course Itinerary

Jason Church, Materials Conservator, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, First Baptist Church of Dawson Springs & Dawson Spring’s Arcadia Cemetery

Continues 10:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Princeton KY & Princeton’s Cedar Hill Cemetery

Cemeteries are much more than burial grounds, they are living outdoor museums, art galleries, research facilities, gardens, and quiet places to contemplate life – but too many have fallen into disrepair due to neglect and vandalism. This two-day workshop will orient participants with all aspects of cemetery care and conservation. Participants will learn how to properly research and document historic cemeteries, and how to clean, repair and reset simple grave markers. Courses will take place in both Dawson Spring’s Rosedale Cemetery and in Princeton’s Cedar Hill Cemetery. The workshop is open to anyone interested in caring for historic cemeteries.

* Cost: $75. Participants are not required to register for the full conference to attend this workshop. Hurry! Registration is limited to the first 40 participants

Day-of registration is $90 per person.

*This course begins at 9:00am Thursday, September 20 at: First Baptist Church Life Center, 960 Industrial Park Rd, Dawson Springs, KY

*This course begins at 8:30am Friday, September 21 at:  Central Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 206 West Main Street, Princeton, KY

(Click here)  Course Itinerary




1:00 pm to 4:20 p.m.


Track One – Central Presbyterian Church Community Room

206 West Main Street, Princeton, KY


12:00 pm to 1:00 pm: NOTE TIME CHANGE

Culinary Tourism in Kentucky

Albert Schmid, Author, Professor and Chair of the Hotel-Restaurant, Hospitality and Beverage Management Departments at Sullivan University

& featured speaker of the Kentucky Humanities Council--This session is open to the public

Kentucky has a unique culinary tradition. Schmid will discuss the development of Kentucky cuisine and will place some of the dishes in historical perspective. In addition, he will define the culinary tourist as well as the concepts related to culinary and gastronomic tourism. His talk will explore the industries that create tourism and expenditures by tourists. He will also touch on culinary dishes that are considered authentic in the Bluegrass State and discuss the development of culinary tourism. His presentation will be “food for thought” for those seeking to foster a positive environment to attract local restaurants that enhance downtowns and neighborhoods.


2:10 to 3:10 p.m.

Is Your Community Artsy? Kentucky Cultural Districts and TakeItArtside!

Chris Cathers, Kentucky Cultural Districts Program Branch Manager, Kentucky Arts Council

Christine Huskisson, artist, writer, contemporary art historian and adjunct faculty for the University of Kentucky School for Art and Visual Studies 

Kentucky Cultural Districts demonstrate a strong commitment to forming partnerships among arts and cultural entities, businesses and local governments. They are well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use areas of a community featuring a high concentration of cultural amenities that attract local residents and visitors alike. Does that sound like your community? Find out more, and also hear about the new TakeItArtSide! smart phone app, which allows for the incorporation of a wide range of cultural assets: historic sites, public art, museums, galleries, studios and archaeological sites across the state. TakeItArtside! is a free product of the Kentucky Museum Without Walls Project, a statewide collaboration initiated by the UK School for Art and Visual Studies and the Gaines Center for the Humanities.


3:20 to 4:20 p.m.

Preservation and Rehabilitation: How to Create a Meaningful Public Education Event

Beth Johnson, Covington Historic Preservation Officer

Jill Howe, Environmental Site Review Coordinator, Kentucky Heritage Council

Miranda Clements, Bowling Green Historic Preservation Planner

This session will present all the information you need to plan an engaging public education event in your community, including a planning timeline and the steps necessary to guide it through to a successful conclusion. Learn from two popular events that took place over the last year: the NKY Restoration Weekend, a collaborative event presented by the Certified Local Government cities of Bellevue, Covington and Newport in partnership with local craftsman, nonprofits and businesses; and From Dreams to Reality: A Roadmap for Preservation, presented in Bowling Green by a local business in cooperation with the Kentucky Heritage Council, Bowling Green and Warren County Historic Preservation Board, and the Landmark Association of Bowling Green and Warren County. Both focused on educating property owners, contractors and others about proper restoration and rehabilitation techniques and materials, design considerations and how to leverage projects to enhance local economic development. Learn how to identify speakers, partner with local businesses and build these relationships, and promote the event – all with limited financial resources.


Track Two – George Coon Public Library
114 South Harrison Street, Princeton, KY

1:00 pm to 2:00 p.m.

Effective Nonprofit Management: Energizing a Small Organization and Grant-Writing 101

Amanda LeFevre, Environmental Education Specialist, Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance

Chris Wooldridge, District Director/Murray, Kentucky Small Business Development Center

In this day and age, nonprofits are struggling to survive, continuing to do more with less and struggling to compete for talent, volunteers and funding. In this session you will learn how to energize your nonprofit to help it remain relevant and competitive, as well as how to write a grant application and manage a grant effectively. With grant sources for preservation more scarce, competition for available grants is fierce. Foundation, government, and corporate grants can provide generous support for your organization’s special projects if you know where and how to solicit funding. This seminar shows you how to identify prospective partners and prepare winning proposals.


2:10 to 3:10 p.m.

Shaping Our Future: Using Form-Based Codes to Create the Community We Want

 1.0  AIA HSW/SD LU Provided by the Central Kentucky Chapter of The American Institute of Architects

Jody Robinson, Assistant City Manager, City of Bellevue

John Yung, Zoning Administrator, City of Bellevue

“Communities can be shaped by choice, or they can be shaped by chance. We can keep on accepting the kind of communities we get or we can start creating the kind of communities we want.” – Former National Trust President Richard Moe. Form-based codes are regulations adopted into city or county law that offer a powerful alternative to conventional zoning by emphasizing physical form in a way that addresses the relationship between building facades and the public realm, the form and mass of buildings in relation to one another, and the scale and types of streets and blocks. In other words, form-based codes designate the appropriate form and scale of building development in a community, rather than distinctions in land-use types. Learn how form-based codes can be a design tool to help your community achieve its vision of quality local development.


3:20 to 4:20 p.m.

Controlling Your Environment: Resources and Funding for Environmental Issues at Historic Sites and Earthquake Retrofitting for Historic Buildings 

1.0  AIA HSW/SD LU Provided by the Central Kentucky Chapter of The American Institute of Architects

Amanda LeFevre, Environmental Education Specialist, Kentucky Division of Compliance Assistance

Jen Spangler Williamson, AIA, Kentucky Heritage Council Staff Architect

This session will focus on the Kentucky Brownfield Redevelopment Program and cover some of the resources and grant monies available to help revitalize historic properties that suffer from environmental issues such as petroleum, asbestos, lead paint and other contaminants. Proper land acquisition, responsible waste disposal and liability concerns will be some of the topics covered. Presenters will also provide information on some of the environmental benefits of incorporating green and sustainable features into a project. The second half will focus on concerns related to historic buildings in Kentucky’s seismic zones – how to put together a plan to assess the risk of potential earthquake damage, and the basics of how to retrofit a building to minimize damage. Requirements of the Kentucky building code as it addresses historic building renovation in a seismic zone will also be discussed, as well as design approaches to dealing with historic commercial buildings and costs associated with upgrades.


4:30 p.m. Opening Plenary

Caldwell County Courthouse, Main Courtroom

Join the Kentucky Heritage Council, Preservation Kentucky, elected officials and community leaders from the Pennyrile region – including Princeton, Dawson Springs, Eddyville and Kuttawa – and special guests including Congressman Ed Whitfield for a festive session to kick-off the 2012 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference.

A special keynote will be given by Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham, a Western Kentucky native and author of five books about regional history including On Bended Knees: The True Story of the Night Rider Tobacco War in Kentucky and Tennessee, Castle: The Story of a Kentucky Prison, and A Distant Light: Kentucky’s Journey Toward Racial Justice.


6:00 p.m.  Opening Reception

Sponsored by the City of Princeton

Starting from the court square, enjoy a short walk through Princeton’s historic downtown to the beautiful home of Matt and Linda Lindsey for a gala opening reception featuring locally produced food and spirits, music and other entertainment. Enjoy an evening under the stars, stroll downtown businesses and tour nearby attractions including Adsmore House and Gardens, then return for desserts and coffee prior to adjourning for the evening. Free with conference registration.



Friday, September 21

8 a.m. Registration Opens

4 pm Registration Closes

Princeton Tourist Welcome Center




Professional tradesmen and members of the Preservation Trades Network for historic preservation will conduct preservation demonstrations on the welcome lawn.  These demonstrations and activities will run through the conference during the day Friday and Saturday.   Please stop by during a demonstration and learn how to practically preserve historic building materials in your home. 



John Moore:  Carpentry instructor and program coordinator for the Construction Technology Program at West Kentucky Community & Technical College, Paducah, KY

Historic Wood Restoration: John joined by students from his program will demonstrate how to make repairs to damaged and rotted wood (i.e. window sashes and architectural features) using epoxy compounds.  He will also show how to properly cut and fit wood moldings like crowns and baseboards to inside corners, and how easily and affordably historic wood, and windows can be restored. 

Demonstrations Friday 8am, 10am, 3pm,    Saturday 9am - 12pm

John C. Moore, West Kentucky Community and Technical College

WKCTC, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr. P.O. Box 7380, Paducah, KY 42002



Miles Miller: President/Owner, Rochester-Miller Restoration, Inc. Paris, KY

Historic Masonry Restoration: This demonstration will provide an overview of masonry restoration techniques and materials will be discussed in detail as to their makeup, color, hardness, versatility, and modern day evolution. Mortar types (from lime putty to Portland cement) and the need for compatibility between brick and mortar will be covered. Historical joint details, conservation vs. restoration of masonry structures, and techniques for each will also be discussed.  Although mainly a regional issue, stone structures will also be discussed.

Demonstrations Friday 4pm,    Saturday 9am - 12pm

Rochester - Miller Restoration Inc.

1112 Russell Cave Road, Paris, KY 40361




Tom Francis: Cutting Edge Construction Services LLC. Shelbyville, KY

Repair and Replace Doors and Molding:  View a demonstration on the various methods used to align a door which no longer operates correctly.  Sawing or trimming with a plane are not usually the better options.  Also learn how to make tight fitting joints in baseboard and crown molding.  This hands-on portion will allow attendees to practice age old techniques for achieving inside and outside corners to be proud of.  Cutting Edge Construction Services has a passion for preserving historic buildings.  Their period correct restorations utilize the latest technologies while using attention to detail ensure historic properties retain their charm and use for their next 100 years of life. 

Demonstrations Friday 10am, 3pm,    Saturday 9am - 12pm

Cutting Edge Construction Services

217 Hebron Rd, Shelbyville, KY 40065




Rod Cessna: Architectural Craftmasters, Nicholasville, KY

Stabilization and Structural Integrity of Historic Structures: Rod will discuss the importance of structural integrity in historic homes and demonstrate a method of concealed fastening in order to stabilize masonry walls that serve as structural supports.  With over 30 years of experience building and restoring homes, Rod is committed to addressing the structural issues in historic homes so they can continue to be preserved for future generations.  Participants will be able to see the concealed fastening system demonstrated and learn the importance of a “bones before beauty” philosophy.

Demonstrations Friday 9am, 2pm,    Saturday 9am - 12pm

Architectural Craftmasters

109A Commerce Drive, Nicholasville, KY 40356




David Lyons: Three Forks Preservation Group LLC, Park City, KY 

Rust to Ribbon Cuts: Hand Plane Restoration: A short workshop demonstrating the restoration of reclaimed hand planes.  With the cost of high quality planes sometimes running as high as four figures, it has become necessary for many users to purchase less than desirable planes.  This demonstration will take the purchaser from the yard sale rust pile to a functioning shop tool.  Topics include rust removal, sole flattening, frog turning and sharpening of irons.

Demonstrations Friday 9am, 4pm,    Saturday 9am - 12pm

Three Forks Preservation Group LLC

388 Riherd Estates Road, Park City, KY 42160



Gary Keshner: Cathedral Stone Products Mid-West Technical Area Manager

Nathaniel Jones, Cathedral Stone Products Representative, South East

Stone and Masonry Restorations: Gary and Nathaniel will demonstrate the full line of “Jahn” historic patching materials.  Hands on demonstrations of proper application and finishing techniques of the breathable Jahn mortars for restoration will be shown.  Participants are encouraged to try their hand at patching and repairing stones. All products are environmentally friendly and samples of paint strippers, B, B+ and G cleaners, Latex 20 interior waterless cleaner, and R97 waterproof coating will be on hand.   

Demonstrations Friday 2pm - 4pm    Saturday 9am - 12pm

Cathedral Stone Products

7266 Park Circle Drive, Hanover, MD 21076
(410) 782-9155


Kurtis Hord:  Traditional Roofing, Cornice, and Flashing.

Traditional Roofing, Cornice, and Flashing: Kurtis will demonstrate several traditional roofing concepts. Slate roofs are extremely resilient however cracked tiles must be repaired or replaced from time to time.  With a few specialty hand tools and knowledge of the assembly method, defective slates can be easily replaced with little fuss.  Repair demonstration will focus on using no-harm tactics to repair slates without employing petroleum based sealants or modern roofing materialsDemonstrations of traditional flashing methods, cornice gutters, slate fabrication and setting, repair of existing slate roofs.  Observers will  see a demonstration of fabricating slate using a slate hammer and stake which are the only tools needed to cut slate.   A Soldering demonstration will focus on proper seam construction and material preparation to repair built-in cornice gutters and the proper method to flash a chimney or other square roof protrusion with slate and sheet metal.  

Demonstrations Friday 11am, 2pm,    Saturday 9am - 12pm

Kurtis Hord





8:30 am-11:50 am


9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Track One: Civil War

Adsmore House and Gardens Carriage House
304 North Jefferson Street  Princeton, KY

The Civil War track is designed to bring a cross-section of the Civil War community together to provide an overview of what is happening across the state, including presentations by professionals as well as volunteers that are the backbone of preservation in every community. The day will begin with the fall meeting of the Kentucky Civil War Sites Association Inc., which works with all Civil War sites to preserve, interpret and promote them. Presentations to follow will include:


9:00- 9:45Fall Meeting of the Kentucky Civil War Sites Association, Inc.

The KCWSA is a state wide umbrella organization that works with all Civil War sites to preserve,interpret and promote the Commonwealth Civil War sites will lead the meeting. Mary Kozak, KCWA President, will discuss the organization and the initiatives that it has undertaken as part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial.


 9:45 -10:30 – The Battle of Tebbs Bend - History and Archaeology

 The Battle of Tebbs Bend was the first major engagement of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan's Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio Raid. In this session, historian and author, Betty Jane Gorin of Tebbs Bend Battlefield Association will provide a history of the July 4, 1863, Battle of Tebbs Bend and the preservation efforts that have been ongoing at thisTaylor County battlefield. W. Stephen McBride, Ph. D will provide an overview of the archaeological project that was undertaken by McBride Preservation Services and the Kentucky Archaeological Survey at the site.


The work featured a geophysical survey and archaeological test excavations at the Tebbs Bend Civil War Battlefield. This investigation resulted in the discovery and exposure of sections of the forward Union rifle pits and the pre-battle Union stockade, as well as the recovery of numerous Civil War era artifacts.


 10:30 -11:45TourSEKY and the Civil War

TourSEKY is an umbrella organization that works with historical societies, tourism professionals, the scenic byway program, and others in the southern Kentucky region to help develop economic development through tourism for south-central Kentucky.


Jeff Crowe of TOURSEKY in Somerset, Kentucky will provide an overview of TourSEKY marketing of Kentucky Civil War sites. Mr Crowe will explain the benefits of working with TourSEKY and how sites can take advantage of opportunities created by TourSEKY.


11:30-1:30 Boxed Lunch – First Baptist Church

Keynote & Panel Discussion – Ogden Memorial United Methodist Church


2:00-2:45Preservation 101: Don’t Dig There!

Most of Kentucky's Civil War sites are directed by individuals who have very little training in preservation methods, such as Section 106. As a result, often inadvertently the archaeological resources of a site can be damaged by well-meaning efforts to improve or even interpret the site. This roundtable discussion will feature: Nick Laracuente, Craig Potts, Roger Stapleton of the Kentucky Heritage Counci; Joseph E. Brent of Mudpuppy & Waterdog; and Stephen McBride of the Camp Nelson site in Jessamine County. The session will address issues relating to archaeology and the maintenance of Civil War sites.


2:45-3:30Recent Kentucky Civil War Successes

Joni House, Perryville Battlefield State Park. Ms. House will discuss how partnership with the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program and the Civil War Trust has enabled the Perryville Battlefield State Park to continue to grow.


4:00-4:45 -

John Hunt Morgan's Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio Raid

Joseph E. Brent of Mudpuppy & Waterdog, Inc. will present an overview of the ABPP grant project Preservation Kentucky has undertaken to evaluate the cultural landscape of Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan's famous summer 1863 Raid. The project is designed to produce a multiple property documentation form that will determine the level of significance of the raid and allow buildings, sites, and monuments to be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. Mr. Brent provide a brief overview of what the fieldwork and research has turned up on the raid and will solicit input from those in attendance regarding the raid and places that merit listing and inclusion.


4:45-5:30Interpreting Jefferson Davis in the 21st Century & Brown Signs

Ron Sydnor, Manager of the Jefferson Davis State Historic Site, will highlight the site and how it interprets the legacy of Jefferson Davis in the 21st Century. Steve Spradlin of the Kentucky Department of Transportation will provide information on what is required to obtain a "Brown Sign" for your site.


Track Two: Central Presbyterian Church Sanctuary
206 West Main Street, Princeton, KY

8:30 am to 9:30 a.m.

Cemetery Preservation Roundtable Workshop

Perpetual Care of Historic Cemeteries

Jason Church, Materials Conservator, National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

Historic burial grounds are direct links to our history, and their preservation is critical to the continued study of our heritage and culture. Laws and regulations concerning cemeteries will be presented highlighting case studies in Kentucky and Nationally. Topics of discussion will include research, documentation, planning, maintenance, restoration and conservation of historic cemeteries.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Kentucky Places

The popular Kentucky Places track will feature presentations of papers and discussion about a variety of preservation-related topics and projects, including the Trail of Tears in Kentucky and How to Save a 100-Year-Old Vernacular Office Building and Make it Green.


Track Three – Central Presbyterian Church Community Room
206 West Main Street, Princeton, KY

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Old Schools Get a New Job!

Holly Wiedemann of AU Associates Inc.

Many communities around the state are challenged by what to do with an empty school building, library or other public building. Join Holly Wiedemann of AU Associates Inc. as she highlights projects by her firm, which has focused on rehabilitating older schools to serve as senior housing and community space using a variety of financial incentives, including state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits. Ms. Wiedemann has vast experience helping communities as large as Louisville and as small as Buffalo, KY (pop. 300) in reusing large older buildings and she will share her expertise with you! Ms. Wiedemann is the founder of both AU Associates and AU Construction, firms based on the principles of adaptive use and focused on opportunities for both urban infill and revitalization of existing structures. AU has been directly responsible for creating over $70 million of projects including recent work at the Thomas Edison School in Covington and Parkside in Lexington.

9:40 am to 10:40 a.m.

Kentucky Trail Towns: Making the Most of Your Natural & Cultural Assets

Elaine Wilson, Executive Director, Kentucky Office of Adventure Tourism

The Kentucky Trail Towns program was created to help communities take advantage of the economic potential of attracting users to local trails and rivers by helping transform communities into a more inviting and memorable tourist destination. A Trail Town may be an entry point to hiking, water or rail trails or a place where users can venture from a long-distance path to explore the unique scenery, commerce and heritage that each trail town has to offer. It may have a bike shop, ice cream parlor, casual restaurants, a grocery store or quaint local shops. It should also have wide sidewalks, clean streets, bike racks, hitching posts, watering facilities and restrooms, benches and places to rest for the night. The communities of Sadieville and Dawson Springs will be highlighted.

10:50 am to 11:50 a.m.

You Have Resources: The Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky

Alison Davis, Ph.D., Executive Director, CEDIK and Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics, University of Kentucky

The mission of the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky is to provide education, research and assistance to people, communities and organizations so they are empowered to shape their own futures. This program is dedicated to building Kentucky communities with a true sense of pride and place, rich natural and built amenities, and a strong economic base. Hear from its director, Dr. Alison Davis, about the resources and direct services available to communities to help build and strengthen economic and community capacity. Programs and services offered include leadership development, civic engagement, strategic planning, and conducting research and disseminating findings on issues related to economic and community development information through articles, toolkits, webinars and other outlets.

Track Four – George Coon Public Library
114 South Harrison Street  Princeton, KY

8:30 am to 9:30 a.m.

How to Survey and List Properties in the National Register of Historic Places
1.0  AIA HSW/SD LU Provided by the Central Kentucky Chapter of The American Institute of Architects

Bill Macintire, Kentucky Heritage Council Survey Program Coordinator

Marty Perry, Kentucky Heritage Council National Register Coordinator

Join KHC staff Bill Macintire and Marty Perry for this session on how to effectively conduct survey work and nominate properties to the National Register of Historic Places. This session is geared to individuals who will have “boots on the ground” doing the work, and will cover topics such as how to most efficiently conduct neighborhood and multiple listing surveys, recording farm and rural properties, new National Register policies, problematic nominations, resources from the recent past, and photographic requirements for survey and National Register.


9:40 am to 10:40 a.m.

Help is Available for Your Rehab: Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits
1.0  AIA HSW/SD LU Provided by the Central Kentucky Chapter of The American Institute of Architects

Mike Radeke, Kentucky Heritage Council Restoration Project Manager

Owners of historic buildings can earn substantial state and federal rehabilitation tax credit incentives for qualified rehabilitation of historic structures based on the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Learn more about the Kentucky Historic Preservation Tax Credit and Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit programs in this workshop featuring KHC staff Mike Radeke. A tax credit lowers the tax owed by an individual and differs from a tax deduction in that an income tax deduction lowers the amount of income subject to taxation, while a tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction in income tax liability. Mike will cover the basics of both programs and how your commercial or residential rehabilitation project may benefit.

10:50 am to 11:50 a.m.

The Basics of Revolving Funds

Ethiel Garlington, Director of Field Preservation Services, Knox Heritage (Tennessee)

Greg Sekula, Director, Indiana Landmarks’ Southern Regional Office

Joe Pierson, President, Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation

Thinking about a revolving fund for our community? Then this is the session for you! Revolving funds are among the main ways community groups are able to preserve important and often endangered older buildings. This panel discussion features Ethiel Garrington of Knox Heritage (Tennessee), Greg Sekula of Indiana Landmarks’ Southern Regional Office, and Joe Pierson of the Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation. Each organization offers unique approaches to revolving funds that may help your group initiate a fund as well.


11:30 am to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Panel Discussion

11:30 pm to 12:30 p.m.

Buffet-Style Lunch – First Baptist Church
300 W Main St  Princeton, KY

12:30 pm to 1:30 p.m.

Keynote & Panel Discussion – Ogden Memorial United Methodist Church

This keynote discussion will feature Art Jackson, Director of the Small Towns Economic Prosperity (STEPS) initiative for the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center Inc., as he shares his experiences helping 56 North Carolina small towns navigate this economic development program launched in spring 2006 as the centerpiece of the Small Towns Initiative. Program goals are to support economic development in small towns adversely affected by structural changes in the economy or recent natural disasters, implement a comprehensive model of technical assistance and grantmaking to aid revitalization efforts, and provide information vital to the development of public policies that support long-term investment in the economic vitality of North Carolina’s small towns. Mr. Jackson will share best practices that apply to small towns or large cities—so don’t miss it! Local panelists will briefly respond to his talk from a regional and statewide perspective, including Johan Graham, Director of Development for AU Associates in Lexington; Princeton Mayor Gale Cherry; Julie Wagner, Director of the Harrodsburg First Main Street program; and Cindy Foster, City Clerk and Main Street Manager for Sadieville.




10:30 pm to 4:30 p.m.

Our History Rests Here: Preservation and Restoration of Historic Cemeteries, Part II

Princeton’s Cedar Hill Cemetery



1:40 pm to 5:30 p.m.


Track One – Central Presbyterian Church Community Room
206 West Main Street, Princeton, KY

1:40 pm to 3:10 p.m.

Leveraging a Regional Strategy for Local Success

Jeff Sadler, Virginia Main Street Program Director, Department of Housing and Community Development

Come along on a lively multimedia presentation highlighting Southwest Virginia's 19-county downtown revitalization strategy. See how this initiative combines the unique and traditional assets of artisan crafts, bluegrass and traditional mountain music, the heritage of our nation's western expansion, and scenic and natural resources to tell the story of a region. Your tour guide will be Jeff Sadler, Director of the Virginia Main Street Program, who will show you how each downtown plays a vital role in the success of this strategy and benefits from the regional cooperation. Special stops along this tour will be made in Marion, Virginia, and Bristol, Virginia/Tennessee, where you will see and hear how this strategy is bringing about local success.

3:20 pm to 4:20 p.m.

Successes Realized: Rural Heritage Development Case Studies and Opportunities

Beth Weidower, Arkansas Rural Heritage Development Initiative Director

Amy Potts, former Kentucky Rural Heritage Development Initiative Director

This session will outline the principles, strategies and successes of “heritage-based rural development,” a concept created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with local and statewide organizations. Case studies from recent regional initiatives in rural Arkansas and Kentucky will be presented to showcase ideas that may be adapted in other rural areas struggling with how to create economic opportunities yet preserve the rural landscape. Participants will receive a free copy of a new title in the National Trust's Preservation Books series, Heritage-Based Rural Development: Principles, Strategies and Steps.

4:30 pm to 5:30 p.m.

Endangered Historic Properties: Best Practices for Preserving Important Historic Places

Ethiel Garlington, Director of Field Preservation Services, Knox Heritage (Tennessee)

Charlie Doherty, Community Development Planner, City of Paducah & Sharon Poat, Executive Director of the Midtown Alliance of Neighbors

Does your community have an endangered old building (or two) that you want to save, but just don’t know where to start? Join our panelists from Paducah, Bowling Green, and East Tennessee as they demonstrate varying approaches to successfully preserving endangered historic buildings. This program will be a good complement for those who also attend the revolving funds session, as you will learn additional strategies for your preservation toolbox!


Track Two – George Coon Public Library
114 South Harrison Street, Princeton, KY

1:40 pm to 3:10 p.m.

Put the Certified Local Government Program and Local Ordinances to Work for Your Community
1.0  AIA HSW/SD LU Provided by the Central Kentucky Chapter of The American Institute of Architects

Beth Johnson, City of Covington

Designed for local governments considering ways to integrate historic preservation into broader land use and community planning, or for experienced local architectural review boards and staff just needing a refresher, this session offers training on issues ranging from creating and enforcing historic preservation ordinances to the basics of design review, legal issues in preservation, and the role of the Certified Local Government program, a preservation partnership between local, state and national governments focused on promoting historic preservation at the grassroots level. Current hot topics facing historic preservation commissions and board members will also be highlighted.

3:20 pm to 4:20 p.m.

Controlling and Accommodating Change in Your Community Through Section 106
1.0  AIA HSW/SD LU Provided by the Central Kentucky Chapter of The American Institute of Architects

Kentucky Heritage Council Staff

Did you know that federally-funded projects have to consider their effects on historic places? Did you also know that you can be a part of this conversation as a “consulting party?” The effectiveness of Section 106 Review has been the focus of much attention and debate recently, starting with an important publication issued by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2010 titled Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act: Back to Basics by Kentucky’s own Leslie Barras. A national conversation has ensued, and the general lack of consulting party involvement in the Section 106 Review process is regularly identified as a shortcoming. Why do local preservationists often fail to exercise their rights under the National Historic Preservation Act when federal undertakings are proposed in their communities? What can be done to keep them informed, encourage them to get involved, and empower them to make their voices heard? This session provides background and looks for answers to these questions with participant feedback. In addition, the perspectives of two preservation leaders with past consulting party experience will provide perspectives and advice on becoming more involved in your community.


4:30 pm to 5:30 p.m.

Preservation Easements: A Tool for Local Conservation of Land and Preservation of History
1.0  AIA HSW/SD LU Provided by the Central Kentucky Chapter of The American Institute of Architects

Peggy Guier, KHC Staff Attorney

Conservation and façade easements are very important devices for the protection of natural and historic areas of significant conservation value, for estate planning by landowners, and for land planning by developers. Conservation and preservation easements have great utility in both urban and rural areas, offering private landowners the ability to voluntarily protect important resources on their land. This session will answer commonly asked questions about easements. What is the difference between a conservation easement and a historic preservation easement? Why grant an easement and what are the benefits? How restrictive is an easement and how long does an easement last? What are the donor’s responsibilities? This session will also provide a general overview about the creation and administration of conservation and preservation easements.



6:00 p.m. Networking and Dinner!

Preservation Kentucky Fish Fry Dinner

First Presbyterian Church Courtyard

206 West Main Street, Princeton, KY


Join Preservation Kentucky for a Fish Fry and Film Fest fundraiser with music by Princeton’s own Eddie Pennington, widely recognized as one of the greatest living thumbstyle guitarists, a sound popularized by Kentucky native Merle Travis in the 1940s.

Tickets are $35 which includes food prepared by the Princeton Rotary Club--a selection of fish or chicken with sides, hush puppies and drinks, and hand-crafted ice cream for dessert-- and a showing of The Greenest Building at the beautiful historic Capitol Theatre, followed by a discussion with the film’s producer Jane Turville and economist Donovan Rypkema.

Dinner tickets are available seperately for $25 a person



7:00 pm-9:00 p.m.

Film Premier of The Greenest Building
2.0  AIA HSW/SD LU Provided by the Central Kentucky Chapter of The American Institute of Architects

Capitol Theatre, downtown Princeton

Followed by a Conversation with Producer of the Greenest Building--Jane Turville-- & special guest Donovan Rypkema

  Film tickets are available for $15 per person or $35 for dinner and the film!

*Jane Turville is writer, producer and director of The Greenest Building.  She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon, interned with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in London, worked for several architectural firms in the Portland area and most recently served as nonprofit development director/program manager for the Northwest Earth Institute.  She co-produced the documentary A Passion for Sustainability and is the director/producer/writer/editor of five short narrative films and recipient of several screenwriting awards.  Since the release of The Greenest Building, she has participated in several presentations and panel discussions around concepts in the film and their local application.  Currently, she is in pre-production on her next project, The People Problem: Are There Too Many of Us?, a four-hour series exploring the many facets and impacts of population growth, slated for PBS broadcast in 2015.



Saturday, September 22


8 a.m. Registration Opens

10 am Registration Closes

Princeton Tourist Welcome Center: 201 E. Main St, Princeton, KY

Practical Preservation Showcase Continues 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Professional tradesmen and members of the Preservation Trades Network for historic preservation will conduct preservation demonstrations on the welcome lawn.  These demonstrations and activities will run through the conference during the day Friday and Saturday.   Please stop by during a demonstration and learn how to practically preserve historic building materials in your home.


Archaeology on the Lawn-9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Archaeologists from the Kentucky Archaeological Survey will be on the lawn of the Visitors Center introducing participants to the field of archaeology.  Find out how archaeologists learn about the past as you wash, sort, and identify artifacts recovered from an archaeological site in Kentucky.


12:00 pm to 1 p.m.

Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Princeton

Departs from the Princeton Tourist Welcome Center

Meet up and head out for a walking tour of beautiful downtown Princeton. Local historians and Kentucky Heritage Council staff will share their insights regarding the town’s history, downtown development, architectural styles utilized in the construction of its downtown commercial and public buildings, and current efforts at preservation and rehabilitation. Free and open to the public!



9:00 am to 10:50 a.m. 

Caldwell County Courthouse Main Courtroom, free and open to the public

Preservation 101: The Basics

Do you have an older property that you want to maintain or preserve but just don’t know where to start? This starter course is intended for both the novice or for those who need a brush-up on preservation tools and the advantages of living in a historic home. Start by learning how to research your home and the history of your property, good preservation design principles, and programs that can offer assistance including state and federal rehabilitation tax credits and the benefits of listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Other topics will include an introduction to archaeology and how historic archaeology can inform preservation efforts.


9:00 am-10:50 am

George Coon Public Library

Karen Nickless, Charleson Field Office

A Conversation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Join Karen Nickless, Field Representative for the Southern Office of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, based in Charleston, as she discusses major National Trust initiatives such as the NTHP’s Preservation Green Lab and the new National Treasures program. In this Q&A session you will also have the opportunity to meet and talk with Kentucky’s National Trust advisors, Helen Dedman of Harrodsburg and Anne Arensberg of Louisville. Come armed with questions about the reworked National Trust and how it can benefit your community.


10 am-10:50 am

Archaeology’s place in the Heritage Tourism Toolkit

Caldwell County Courthouse Fiscal Courtroom

Nick Laracuente, Kentucky Heritage Council

with contributions from Carla Hildebrand, Wickliffe Mounds Historic Site

Through the study of material culture, archaeologists weave rich histories that speak to issues left out of (or misrepresented) by other historical sources. Archaeology can be leveraged to initiate or enhance heritage tourism programs. By revealing aspects of forgotten histories, it can also be a tool to reinvigorate local interest in exploring the history of our own communities. Join us for a discussion of case studies from successful archaeological programs as well as opportunities to start and maintain programs in your own area.


11 a.m.-12 p.m. -Closing Brunch

Featuring Donovan Rypkema of PlaceEconomics, Washington, D.C.

Central Presbyterian Church

Join guest speaker Donovan Rypkema, a noted economist and familiar face to many because of his work here in the Commonwealth, for a lively discussion about his newest research report, “Historic Preservation and Rightsizing: Current Practices and Resources Survey,” released in May, co-authored by Cara Bertron and prepared for the Right Sizing and Historic Preservation Task Force of the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. The report examines how cities are developing responses to complex challenges such as population loss and disinvestment, utilizing an emphasis on rightsizing: the process of reshaping physical urban fabric to meet the needs of current and anticipated populations. Lunch is provided by Friends of the Caldwell County Public Library.

*BIO: Donovan Rypkema is principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development-consulting firm, which specializes in services to public and nonprofit-sector clients who are dealing with downtown and neighborhood commercial district revitalization and the reuse of historic structures. In 2004, Rypkema established Heritage Strategies International, a new firm created to provide similar services to worldwide clients. He also teaches a graduate course in preservation economics at the University of Pennsylvania. For more, visit



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