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Preservation Kentucky’s newsletter, Columns, is published biannually. We encourage you to submit information regarding preservation events, news, and other issues of interest to the statewide preservation community. Please contact Executive Director Betsy Hatfield with this information. 

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Preservation Kentucky sponsors many educational publications to assist Kentuckians with preserving important historic places.

  • Historic Preservation in Kentucky

    (photo caption: John I Gilderbloom, Erin E. House, and Mathew J. Hanka) The Economics of Historic Preservation in Kentucky, published in partnership with the University of Louisville,  details the economic and social impact of preservation activities in the state. For example,......

  • House in a Box: Prefabricated Housing 1900-1960

    Cynthia Johnson and Rachel M. Kennedy “Imagine selecting a house from a catalogue and having it deleivered in a package complete with windows, doors, trim, and roofing material ready for assembly. The iddea of recieving a house in a box......

  • Roadside Architecture of Kentucky’s Dixie Highways: A Tour Down Routes 31E and 31W

    Edited by Rachel M. Kennedy and William J. MacIntire “The romance of the Old South has left a vivid trail along what is now U.S. Highway 31-Ethrough Kentucky. This 200-mile link in the popular Lakes-to-Gulf, U.S. 31, extends someeight miles......

  • Rural Heritage Development: A Survey of Marion and Washington Counties

    Published in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council, the results of a year-and-a-half long study of rural historic resources in Marion and Washington Counties demonstrates the importance of places such as barns, outbuildings, and crossroad towns, to a sense of place in rural Kentucky.......

  • Window Preservation Standards

    The national Window Preservation Standards book catalogs specific methods for the assessment, maintenance, repair, preservation and weatherization of older and historic wooden windows. Many detailed methods, procedures and materials are included, as well as basic strategies for saving older and......

Preservation Kentucky sponsors many educational publications to assist Kentuckians with preserving important historic places.

  • 2017 National Sign-On Letter to Protect the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit

    Numbers matter to lawmakers!  Congress’ proposed A Better Way Tax Reform package could eliminate the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit.  Make your voice heard by signing this national letter to protect the Federal HTC from repeal and preserve a significant economic development......

  • Archaeology for the People

    Perspectives from the Joukowsky Institute – Remembering Slack Farm   A. Gwynn Henderson, PhD   It’s been nearly 28 years since the lives of my husband and myself were irrevocably changed by what has euphemistically been referred to as “the Slack Farm......

  • Archaeology: A Native History of Kentucky

    As currently understood, American Indian history in Kentucky is over eleven thousand years long. Events that took place before recorded history are lost to time. With the advent of recorded history, some events played out on an international stage, as in the......

  • Archaeology: Bibliography for Kentucky Archaeology and Native American History

    A fascinating story lies beneath the feet of all Kentuckians. It is the story of prehistoric Kentucky.   Picture in your mind’s eye a cool late summer morning in prehistoric Kentucky.  It’s the kind of morning that signals fall is right......

  • Archaeology: Dispelling the Myth: 17th and 18th Century Indian Life in Kentucky

    A. Gwynn Henderson, PhD   Misconceptions about the people who lived in what is now the state of Kentucky before it was settled by Euro-Americans and Afro-Americans take many forms. These incorrect ideas range from the specific (how the native......

  • Archaeology: Kentucky Before Boone

    We know that people we call Indians or Native Americans lived in central Kentucky for thousands of years.  We know about them because we have found the things they left behind.  The men and women described in this story were......

  • Archaeology: The Kentucky Archaeology & Heritage Series

    Archaeological Publications of interest can be found at the Kentucky Archaeological Survey website.  These educational booklets include studies of Kentucky before Euro/African American settlement, such as Kentuckians Before Boone and Adena: Woodland Period Moundbuilders of the Bluegrass. Historic Archaeology is represented......

  • Arranging a Congressional Visit

    Build support for the Federal and Kentucky State Historic Tax Credits by inviting legislators to tour a tax credit project in your community – or one nearby.  Site visits speak volumes! They illustrate how a renovated historic property positively impacts......

  • Bringing Back Main Street: A Guide to Downtown Revitalization for Local Governments

    For generations, small towns have served as cultural and economic centers for surrounding rural areas.  Their physical and social fabric reflect the community’s unique history and identity.  Changing economic conditions and demographics create challenges for rural downtowns.  Despite these challenges,......

  • Cemetery Preservation: Cleaning Gravestones, Monuments & Stone Sculptures

    One of the most commonly asked questions is, how do I clean this stone?  Although the cleaning of a gravestone may seem quite simple, this is not always the case.  Every time a historic stone is cleaned, some of the stones surface is......

  • Cemetery Preservation: Dos and Don’ts

    Improper treatment can cause irreversible damage to historic cemeteries, so it’s critical that the right techniques are used to preserve and stabilize the stone and prevent them from further damage and deterioration.  Know what to do and what not to......

  • Cemetery Preservation: Kentucky Statutes on Cemeteries

    In the United States, the preservation of historic cemeteries is largely subsumed under the complicated body of law that governs historic preservation generally.  That body of law consists of statutes, regulations, executive orders, administrative guidelines, and case law at multiple......

  • Cemetery Preservation: Resources and Links

    Cemeteries and burial grounds are important places to everyday American life and culture, and present in nearly every community. Improper treatment can cause irreversible damage to historic cemeteries, so it’s critical that the right techniques are used to preserve and......

  • Impact of Federal Historic Tax Credit Projects in KY

    A total of 345 Federal Historic Tax Credit projects generated more than $500million in total development between 2001 through 2016, creating 9,583 jobs, generating more than $11.8million in local taxes, and generating more than $15.8 million in state taxes.  ......

  • Kentucky Heritage Spotlight: Early Inns and Homes Along the Maysville to Lexington Trace

    Roads and their roadsides are much more than routes to get us quickly from here to there.  They are a special kind of landscape, and they hold their own complex history.  All Kentucky roads display a certain amount of historical......

  • Kentucky Heritage Spotlight: Ribbon of History – The Maysville to Lexington Road

    Today’s roads and highways are built to be safe, efficient.  We rarely notice them until they put obstacles in our path — and accident, a detour — or unless we encounter a particularly bad stretch with potholes and bumps.  Travel......

  • Kentucky Heritage Spotlight: Uncovering the Lives of Kentucky’s Enslaved People

    By the early to mid-1800s, Kentucky had left her frontier roots behind.  The cities of Lexington and Louisville were bustling places of commerce and culture.  Still, the fifteenth state was mainly rural, and most Kentuckians were farmers.   About 20......

  • Kentucky Main Street Program Economic Development Impact

      In 2016, 39 participating Kentucky Main Street Programs cumulatively reported $109,741,515 of total investment in these communities, including $75,070,029 of private investment matched by $30,920,494 in public improvements. This total was up significantly from the $76 million of cumulative......

  • Older, Smaller, Better: Measuring how the character of buildings and blocks influence urban vitality

    All across America, blocks of older, smaller buildings are quietly contributing to robust local economies and distinctive livable communities. Buildings of diverse vintage and small scale provide flexible, affordable space for entrepreneurs launching new businesses and serve as attractive settings......

  • One Way or Two? A Case Study of East Breckinridge in Louisville

    William Riggs, PhD, AICP, LEED AP, Wesley Meares, PhD., Zaria Murrell, MD., Samantha Alexis Smith, Brad Cronin, John I. Gilderbloom, PhD The livability of an inner-city neighborhood is greatly impacted by the design of the street in terms of whether......

  • PK’s Knowledge Base on All Things Historic Preservation

    Preservation Kentucky’s knowledge base includes a library of toolkits, publications and technical resources on a wide variety of historic preservation topics. Learn details on the federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits, restoration tips for historic homes and commercial buildings,......

  • Preserve and Enhance the Federal Historic Tax Credit Talking Points

    These Talking Points illustrate how the Federal HTC encourages private investment; creates jobs; benefits local communities; grows local economies; and, returns more to the Treasury than it costs.  Share these with decision makers, legislators, developers, historic building owners and others......

  • Proposed Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act of 2017

    The Historic Tax Credit Improvement Act  (HTCIA) of 2017, S425/HR1158, makes long overdue changes to the Federal HTC to further encourage building reuse and redevelopment in small, midsize and rural communities.  It also makes the rehabilitation of community projects like......

  • The Greenest Building – Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse

      This groundbreaking study, The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse, concludes that, when comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction. The report’s key findings......

  • Why We Preserve: Demystifying Historic Preservation Additional Reading List

    Daniel Bluestone. Buildings, Landscapes, and Memory: Case Studies in Historic Preservation. New York: W. W. Norton and Co., 2011.   Andrew Hurley. Beyond Preservation: Using Historic Preservation to Revitalize Inner Cities. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2010.   Jane Jacobs. The Death......