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 Almost Repealed During 2017-2018 Tax Reform

Kentucky Historic Tax Credit Almost Suspended During Kentucky’s 2018 Legislative Session.   


Potential suspension of Kentucky’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit via a “notwithstanding” clause threatened historic preservation projects and revitalization efforts throughout the Commonwealth during the 2018 General Assembly.

Happening literally days before the close of the 2018 session with a short amount of time to mobilize a Call to Action, preservationists and supporters throughout the state rallied to champion its case for legislators.

Losing the credit would have had a devastating effect on many current and pending projects, bringing to a halt economic development efforts and making it even more difficult for small Main Street communities to execute local redevelopment projects that drive job creation, tourism and civic pride.

Our state historic tax credit is a proven economic development driver that incentivizes the investment of private capital; and, is responsible for saving hundreds of historic buildings, putting them back into service, and restoring and sustaining their values on the property tax rolls for many years to come.

A last-minute, aggressive phone, email, letter writing and social media campaign helped keep the tax credit from suspension – and reminded lawmakers how valuable it is for our state economy.

See the Numbers > Impact of Kentucky’s State Historic Preservation Tax Credit Since 2005

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Save the Date! 2018 Excellence in Preservation Awards!
Please join us on Saturday, October 27 at historic Undulata Farm in Shelby County to celebrate Preservation Kentucky’s 2018 Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards.  Each year thousands of Kentuckians work tirelessly to preserve Kentucky’s legacy reflected in our historic buildings, structures, landscapes and prehistoric sites.
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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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