Celebrating 20 Years of  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. Established in 1999 by Kentucky residents concerned with the loss of the Commonwealth’s historic places to provide a proactive statewide approach to preserve our state heritage.


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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Campaign to improve Kentucky’s Historic Tax Credit  

HB 456 Proposed improvement to KY’s State Historic Tax Credit Program, lifting the cap from $5M to $30M Annually.  While the bill didn’t make it out of the Appropriations the Revenue Committee, it promises to help efforts when the General Assembly reconvenes for next year’s budget year.  HB456 was sponsored by Rep. Tommy Turner (Pulaski/Laurel Counties) and Rep. Adam Bowling (Bell/Harlan Counties).  It proposed a significant increase in Kentucky’s state Historic Tax Credit, vital to the revitalization of communities throughout the Commonwealth and our state economy.  YOU CAN STILL HELP by contacting your state Legislators and expressing your support.

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Did you know that historic preservation revitalizes neighborhoods and downtowns, puts people to work and keeps them in the workforce, creates jobs, returns vacant buildings to tax rolls, and generates income for community improvements?  If you enjoy shopping along one of Kentucky’s charming Main Streets, driving through historic neighborhoods and visiting our historic landmarks, then you know why historic preservation is important to the Commonwealth. These places contribute to our quality of life and vibrant communities by connecting us to our heritage and defining our strong sense of place.

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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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