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 is 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 and State Historic Tax Credits were almost lost when legislators threaten to repeal the Federal Historic Tax Credit and suspend Kentucky’s Historic Tax Credit during the 2018 Federal Tax Reform and Kentucky General Assembly.  Losing these credits would have halted revitalization efforts across the state and made it even more difficult for Main Street communities to execute local redevelopment projects that drive job creation, tourism and civic pride.  Historic tax credits are proven economic development drivers for private investment, and responsible for saving hundreds of historic buildings, putting them back into service and on property tax rolls.  See the data and learn how Kentuckians mobilized to save these critical historic preservation tools.

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PK photo website library Hodgenville Lincoln Statue in Hodgenville Circle 3
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, architectural styles, and inventories of Kentucky’s built environment.  Handouts from our webinars, links to important sites, and studies conducted by Preservation Kentucky and our partners around the state are also available on this page.

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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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