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Preservation Kentucky offers a variety of program, many in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council and nonprofits throughout the state. 

Preservation Kentucky also provides technical assistance to individuals, nonprofits, local and state governments on important preservation projects and topics. Examples of this include PK's efforts to assist the Penn Store in Gravel Switch and the local effort to preserve the Pennington House in London.

Seminar for Real Estate Professionals

Cemetery Preservation

Rural Heritage Development

Annual Meeting and Awards

Kentucky Historic Preservation Legislative Summit

Kentucky's Most Endangered List

Kentucky Preservation Series


Established Programs include:

Historic Preservation 101 for Real Estate Professionals - Established in PK 2013 in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council, Selling Historic Real Estate: A Seminar for Real Estate Professionals was held in Lexington, Louisville, and Bardstown and featured 6 hours of continuing education credits for realtors. Topics covered included preservation tax credits, historic styles and building types, and energy saving measures for historic buildings. Special thanks to our instructor Joanne Weeter of Louisville for presenting a great course.

Preservation 101: Cemetery Preservation Workshops are held as part of our conference series with the Kentucky Heritage Council.

The Rural Heritage Development Initiative (RHDI) began in 2006 as a three-year demonstration program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in collaboration with the Kentucky Heritage Council. 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. A portion of the program is currently provided through advocacy, education and technical assistance.    

Preservation Leader Awards Preservation Kentucky honors our leaders throughout the state through our Preservation Leader Awards Program.  For detailed criteria on our awards program, please click herePhotos of the ceremony are available here.


 The KY Historic Preservation Legislative Summit is a biennial gathering that happens at the Kentucky Sate Capital, several months prior to the budget session of the Kentucky Legislature.  Main Street managers, archaeologists, community preservationtists, and planners come together to discuss development and enhancement of historic preservation policyin 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.

Preservation Kentucky also assist with advocacy efforts on the federal level.  Every February/March, PK organizes a group of statewide preservationists as Preservation Action's State Coordinator. Backed with statistical information, our group typically meets with seasoned Congressional staffers to discuss of the importance of historic places in our state and the role that historic tax credits and the KY Main Street program have played in our economy.  

Part of the goal of the meetings with our house representatives is to encourage them to join or re-pledge their support for the Historic Preservation Caucus. Previously, Representatives Whitfield, Yarmouth, and Guthrie were members and we are very happy to report that as of 2013 Representatives Barr and Rogers have now both joined the caucus! That means that five of our six representatives are on the look-out for issues that both positively and negatively affect the preservation community in Kentucky and have pledged public support for preservation in our state. 

Kentucky's Most Endangered List is an biennial listing of historic or prehistoric places endangered due to neglect,  potential for demolition, and/or a lack of understanding of their cultural and historic value. The list is intended to provide property owners of endangered sites with technical preservation assistance. It is also meant to educate all Kentuckians about similar threats and provide case studies regarding how these threats might be dealt with effectively.

The Kentucky Preservation Series is a biennial educational event co-sponsored with the Kentucky Heritage Council. Preservation Kentucky has been a partner in this effort since 2000. In 1986, the Kentucky Heritage Council held the first statewide conference to focus attention on historic preservation efforts throughout Kentucky and to provide technical assistance and training to local organizations and community leaders. 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.

In 2010, Preservation Kentucky and the Kentucky Heritage Council sponsored the first state historic preservation conference in Frankfort, and the first state conference in partnership with the International Preservation Trades Network. As the state's historic preservation nonprofit, Preservation Kentucky understands the vital importance of a meeting combining the preservation trades with folks who lobby, educate, and invest to preserve our communities' important heritage. These two groups cannot accomplish the lofty goal of preservation without each others' skills and commitment to the built environment. The breadth of these dual conferences made for a greater learning experience for all!

In 2014, PK partnered with the Kentucky Heritage Council on a rework of the state historic preservation conference to hold a quarterly series of trainings open to the public and available in all regions of the state rather than hold one conference in the Fall every two years.  Conferences were held in Frankfort, Covington, Pikeville and Paducah and attended by a variety of professionals, community leaders and neighborhood residents interested in the preservation of places, properties and sites in their communities.  

In 2015, PK partnered with the Kentucky Heritage Council to sponsor the Strong Towns Conference in Louisville, and participated as a panelist on Rural Preservation with the Agricultural History Society Conference in Lexington. Historic Preservation 101 Workshops were held with local nonprofit partners in Ft. Thomas and Frankfort, and a presentation on historic architecture was held in partnership with the Blue Grass Trust in Lexington.  

Educational programs scheduled for 2016 include workshops for realtors, a statewide symposium with the Kentucky Heritage Council and webinars on timely preservation topics.


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