Sustaining Kentucky’s heritage through advocacy and education


Historic preservation is an economic driver and development tool that contributes significantly to local, regional and state revenue; quality of life; neighborhood and downtown revitalization; job creation; workforce security; tourism; and, recreational, arts and cultural activities.

Who We Are

A statewide membership-based 501(c)(3) public charity nonprofit that facilitates the sustainability of our historic buildings, rural landscapes and prehistoric sites through advocacy and education.


Our Goals

To advocate the economic benefits of historic preservation for community revitalization and resiliency, heritage tourism and workforce security; to provide technical assistance on the methods, materials and treatment of historic properties; and, to connect Kentuckians with their heritage by helping them appreciate, maintain and protect their history.

Our Mission

To make Kentucky communities stronger, healthier and economically sustainable.


Our Programs

Include workshops, webinars, conferences and publications on the economic, community and aesthetic benefits of historic preservation, why preservation is good business, and how it contributes to local and state revenue; quality of life; downtown and neighborhood revitalization; jobs; tourism; and recreational, arts and cultural activities.

“Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.”

Daniel Boone, American Pioneer, Explorer, Frontiersman and Folk Hero


“It’s been said that, at its best, preservation engages
the past in a conversation with the present over a
mutual concern for the future.”

William Murtagh, First Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places


why preserve?

Revitalizing Kentucky’s Heritage

It’s good for the neighborhood, good for the environment, good for the economy – Preservation is Good Business!  There are financial, cultural, and environmental incentives for incorporating historic preservation into residential, commercial or religious projects.  Historic buildings are adaptable and built to last, making them great incubators for small businesses.  And compared to the rents of new buildings, which are subject to new construction and materials costs, older buildings frequently maintain affordable rents.  This article examines both the cultural and practical values of old buildings and looks at why preserving them is beneficial not only for a community’s culture, but also for its local economy.

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Your Voice Mattered  Advocacy Successful!  Federal Historic Tax Credit Saved by Congress in Final Tax Reform Bill

Tax reform aimed at growing the economy should enhance, not eliminate the historic tax credit.  

Phone calls, emails and letters helped save the Federal Historic Tax Credit. For nearly four decades, this critical economic development tool has successfully implemented a national policy to incentivize private investment to preserve historic buildings. It is the single most important incentive for the redevelopment and reuse of our historic and culturally significant properties. It creates jobs, revitalizes communities, spurs economic growth, and returns more to the Treasury than it costs:  $25.2 billion in credits have returned an estimated $29.8 billion in federal tax revenue.

Despite a proven track record of stimulating economic growth, Congress came close to axing it.

See the Numbers > The Significant Positive Impact of the Federal Historic Tax Credit in KY

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Excellence in Preservation

Congratulations to Our 2017 Excellence in Preservation Award Recipients!

A diversity of programs, projects and people are represented this year from Campbell, Fayette, Franklin, Harlan, Jefferson, McCracken, Oldham and Pulaski Counties.  Established in 2012 to honor the exceptional contributions of Kentuckians who have excelled in preserving the Commonwealth’s rich heritage, the awards feature projects from urban and rural communities, and people who have demonstrated diligence in preserving the built environment, promoting sustainability, and providing educational programs.  The awards are named after Kentuckians who have a long service of dedicated volunteer and professional time devoted to preserving Kentucky’s architectural, cultural and prehistoric heritage; and, they underscore the economic development and quality of life benefits of historic preservation.

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When we build, let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, “See! This our father did for us.”

– John Ruskin

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