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If you enjoy Christmas shopping along one of Kentucky’s charming Main Streets, driving through our historic neighborhoods to view Holiday lights, and visiting our historic landmarks to celebrate the Season, then you know why historic preservation is valuable.  Historic buildings, landscapes and sites contribute to our quality of life, vibrant communities and sense of place.  They are our greatest amenities!


Historic preservation gives us great places in which to live, work and play.  Historic places connect us to what’s important to us and define our heritage. They attract visitors from all over the world and appeal to those who enjoy an authentic experience, unique aesthetics and quality craftmanship.  Repurposed properties also conserve building materials and are environmentally responsible, which appeal to a wide audience.


Historic preservation is smart growth and an important source of income.  It is an effective, proven tool for a wide range of goals, including small business incubation, entrepreneurship, affordable housing, senior housing, sustainable development, neighborhood stabilization, jobs, heritage tourism and cultural arts.  Historic areas attract investment, businesses, companies, tourists, residents and diverse demographics.


Historic preservation is tangible value, and we have the numbers to prove it.  One of the differentials that sets Kentucky apart from other places is our historic sites.  They are the tangible diversity, identity, character, individuality and authenticity that distinguish us.  They represent investment dollars, tax revenues, jobs, community redevelopment, public-private partnerships, neighborhoods, downtowns, landscapes and landmarks – what we call Kentucky Preservation Proud.


As someone who appreciates our historic architecture, unique landmarks and special history, we hope you’ll help us keep yourKentucky.  Our heritage and economy rely on it, but we need your support to do it: Our work is needed now more than ever before to advocate for historic preservation on the local, regional and state level, protect legislation that fosters preservation investment, and provide communities with the tools they need to preserve historic properties.


With continued support from people who believe in protecting our historic value, we can accomplish a great deal together!


Why Historic Preservation is Smart Business

Historic Preservation is a Proven Economic Driver and Critical Tool for Downtown and Neighborhood Revitalization


Preservation Kentucky led the charge in 2005 to establish a state historic preservation tax credit to incentivize the rehabilitation of historic commercial and residential buildings in all 120 counties.  This credit has been responsible for saving hundreds of historic buildings, placing them into service and back on the tax rolls, and leveraging millions in private revitalization spending.

Since the Kentucky historic tax credit was signed into law:

  • 738 buildings across the state have been rehabilitated
  • $433 million of private funds have been invested in historic buildings, leveraged through $33.2 million in credits
  • $1.2 million per commercial project has been invested, and $120,097 per residential project has been invested

Kentucky has the fourth highest number of National Register listings with more than 3,200 districts, sites and structures encompassing more than 42,000 historic features – a success managed by our state partner, the Kentucky Heritage Council, along with the Kentucky Historic Resources Inventory of more than 100,000 sites.


The economic and community impact of Kentucky’s Main Street Program has been effective, especially in rural and small towns.  In 2016, Main Street communities contributed $100 million to our economy with more than $75 million in private investment, matched by $30.9 million in improvements.  In 2016, they reported 1,452 new jobs, 234 new businesses, 81 new downtown housing unites, 198 building rehabilitation projects, and $51,433,241 in rehabilitation investment.


The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit

Equally important is the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program.  In Kentucky, between 2001-2016, the federal HTC:

  • facilitated 345 projects
  • generated more than $500 million in Kentucky development
  • created 9,583 jobs
  • generated $112,187,000 in taxes – $11,811,500 local; $15,982,100 state; and, $84,483,300 federal





Placemaking Kentucky:  This Place Matters

by Betsy Hatfield, Executive Director, Preservation Kentucky


Placemaking – the management of our spaces, our inspirations and the assets that make our communities special and contribute to our health, happiness and well-being.  


Kentucky’s historic architecture is as rich in diversity, style, form and function as the topography that has helped shape it.  From the Appalachian Mountains, hilly Pennyroyal and Cumberland Plateau, to the Western Coal Fields, Jackson Purchase and the Bluegrass – the natural beauty of our mountains, meadows, forests, woodlands, waterways and geological formations have provided the setting for some of the country’s most beautiful, interesting and historic places.


Our communities are equally as diverse and tell our varied stories.  River cities, coal mining camps, farmsteads, rural towns, hamlets, railroad villages, Main Streets, courthouse squares, urban neighborhoods and metropolitan downtowns – all with their own personality and sense of place.


Practically every style of American architecture is represented in Kentucky’s built environment: Federal farmhouses, shotgun houses, Georgian and Greek Revival mansions, log cabins, stucco bungalows, cast iron and brick Victorian warehouses, colonial cottages, classical stone buildings – all visible reminders of what distinguishes us, shapes our history, influences our qualify of life and inspires our collective, community spaces.


How we protect our historic buildings, prehistoric places and landscapes is placemaking.


The National Trust’s This Place Matters campaign, created in 2008 as a way for people to shine a spotlight on the historic places that play a role in their lives, is especially meaningful as we’ve recorded more than 50 years of preservation progress since the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the milestone legislation that officially galvanized our country into action with national placemaking to legally, consciously and collectively preserve our historic places.


It’s also been more than 50 years since the formation of our state partner, the Kentucky Heritage Council, the government agency that has been statewide placemaking, assisting individuals, communities and local governments in making historic preservation an important component of comprehensive community planning.


Daniel Boone said ” Heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.”  Jesse Stuart called Kentucky the heart of America.  We call Kentucky home.  All who live, work and visit here experience the treasures, the assets, the places we value, and the places that define us.  Places that need protecting.


Placemaking Kentucky.


Learn more about the places and issues that matter to Kentucky on our YouTube channel and in these recently recorded webinars


Why We Preserve:  Demystifying Historic Preservation, with Daniel Vivian, PhD, Public History Professor, University of Louisville


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Why Preservation is Important for Economic Development, with Joseph Klare, MBA, Director of Real Estate Finance and Investment, The Catalytic Fund



How to Apply for a Kentucky Fund Grant, with Diana Maxwell, National Trust for Historic Preservation


Kentucky by the Numbers

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If you enjoy shopping along one of Kentucky’s charming Main Streets, driving through our historic neighborhoods, and visiting our historic landmarks, then you know why historic preservation is valuable.  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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Historic preservation is smart and sustainable.

It is an effective, proven tool for a wide range of economic and community goals, including small business incubation, entrepreneurship, affordable housing, senior housing, neighborhood stabilization and diversification, job creation, heritage tourism and cultural arts.  Historic properties —appropriately preserved and adequately redeveloped — are environmentally responsible because they conserve building materials.


Historic preservation has tangible value, and we have the numbers to prove it.

Our historic sites set Kentucky apart from other places.  Their diversity, character and authenticity speak for themselves, but these qualities also translate into private investment dollars, increased tax revenues, jobs, community redevelopment and public-private partnerships, which strengthen our communities.


Preservation Kentucky needs your financial support.

Now more than ever before, Preservation Kentucky’s work is crucial — work to advocate for historic preservation on the local, regional and state level, to protect legislation that fosters preservation investment, and to provide communities with the tools they need to preserve historic properties.


With continued support from people like you who believe in protecting our special places, we can accomplish a great deal together.  Please include us in your charitable giving now and help us keep Kentucky’s greatest amenities, our historic places!



View the Numbers Now – Kentucky by the Numbers

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Historic Preservation 101 Workshop for Real Estate Professionals

Join us in Frankfort on Tuesday, Dec. 18 for a Real Estate Workshop on Understanding Historic Properties and How to Sell Them.  Learn why historic buildings appeal to target demographics, the value they offer potential buyers and financial incentives for owning them.  



(Originally scheduled for Tuesday, 18 December 2018 . 9:30am – 2:30pm est)


CEU Credits – KREC Approved 2 Hours Law / 2 Hours Elective


Did You Know?
>The Kentucky Historic Preservation Tax Credit has generated more than $500 million in private investment in Kentucky over the past 12 years. 
>Kentucky has the fourth highest number of National Register listings in the country with more than 3,200 districts, sites and structures encompassing more than 42,000 historic properties in all 120 counties, and more than 100,000 sites have been surveyed and deemed eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.


>Businesses locate in historic districts because they recognize the appeal of historic properties and authentic experiences to workers, residents, families and visitors.


This workshop is designed for real estate professionals and others interested in improving their knowledge of historic buildings, tax incentives for historic property owners, characteristics of historic buildings that appeal to buyers, and how to market historic properties to the right audience.


Topics include

  • Incentives for buildings and buyers
  • State and federal tax credits
  • Kentucky historic architectural styles
  • Sustainability and energy efficiency of historic buildings
  • Design standards for rehabilitation
  • Myths about old buildings
  • Marketing and selling historic real estate


Registration:   $40.00 per person   CLOSED – RESCHEDULED FOR 2019 

Includes morning coffee, breakfast snacks, lunch, beverages and handouts

Instructor:  Janie-Rice Brother

Janie-Rice Brother is a native Kentuckian and architectural historian with more than 17 years of cultural resource experience in the Ohio River Valley, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.  She currently serves as a Senior Architectural Historian in the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology.  Janie-Rice received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Art History from Centre College, and her Masters in Historic Preservation from the University of Kentucky.  Her work experience includes four years at the Kentucky Heritage Council, State Historic Preservation Office, where she was responsible for reviewing the aboveground Section 106 projects throughout the state, and three years as a community outreach and education coordinator for the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation.  


She has served on the board of directors for numerous nonprofits, including Preservation Kentucky and the National Barn Alliance.  She co-founded Preserve Lexington to save a block of historic buildings in downtown Lexington, a multi-year effort that revealed weaknesses in local ordinances and increased public understanding of what defines “worth saving.”


In the summer of 2013, Janie-Rice volunteered for a preservation group in Oxfordshire, England, conducting background research on medieval parishes and villages in South Oxfordshire. In the summer of 2014, she was awarded an Edith S. Bingham Education Grant from Preservation Kentucky to help fund her studies at the prestigious Attingham Summer School, an academically rigorous 21 day program for museum professionals and scholars devoted to the study of British architecture, art, furnishings, decorative finishes, gardens and landscapes.  The Attingham Summer School is a highly regarded program known worldwide for its careful selection of students and high academic standards, and Janie-Rice’s acceptance into the program is a testament to her knowledge, experience and pursuits.


In addition to being a poplar instructor, Janie-Rice is a gifted writer and author of the popular Gardens to Gables blog, which you can follow online at, and on twitter at @GerbBrother.


About this course



This course is approved by the Kentucky Real Estate Commission (KREC) for the Kentucky Heritage Council, an agency of the Arts, Tourism & Heritage Cabinet and Preservation Kentucky, a 501(c)(3) public charity nonprofit.  The Frankfort workshop is being hosted in partnership with the Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation.


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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 around the corner. The sun rose just a short time ago. A thick mist is rising from the river, but it will soon be burned away.  The smell of burning wood mixes with the odor of cooking corn, drying meat, tobacco smoke, and garbage.


The village is beginning to stir, Over 500 people live in this village. Their 25 rectangular, bark-covered houses are scattered along the river bank.  Large trees stand next to some of the house, shading them as the sun rises. Corn fields surround the village. Beyond the fields is the forest.


Since these people make their living mainly by farming, they built their village near fertile, well-drained soils. But they also fish and gather freshwater mussels.  Over the long distances they travel by canoe, and they need fresh water for drinking. For these reasons they also built their village along the river’s edge.


Near the village center, one house is much larger than the others.  It is the house of the village chief and his family.  It serves as a meeting place for the village leaders, too.  There they discuss politics, marriages, trade, and other important matters that touch their lives.


Next to the chief’s house is the open area where the villagers hold important ceremonies.  The earth is so hard that no grass grows there.  It has been packed down by the hundreds of people who have danced there for the past five years.  The woman sweep this area clean of garbage and debris before and after each ceremony,


House size varies.  The largest ones measure 70 by 30 feet, while the smallest ones measure 50 by 18 feet.  The houses are not arranged in any regular pattern within the village.  The doors are large pieces of elm bark or bearskin. There are no windows.  Smoke curls upwards from the roofs of some houses. It is the smoke from last night’s fire escaping through the central smoke hole in the roof.


Between 15 and 25 people live in each house and make up a household.  Each household is made up of several families.  The people of each household are most closely related to the people who live in the nearby houses.  This is because they belong to the same clan.  Several clans live in this village.  The clans are known by animal names:  Snake Turtle, Raccoon, Turkey, Hawk, Deer.


Men cannot marry women of their own clan.  When couples marry, the wife comes to live with her husband.  When children are born, they belong to their father’s clan. And when people die, they are buried in shallow graves in the clan’s special burial area at the village edge.


Each house is surrounded by an open area that is mostly bare ground.  This open area is largest in front of each house.  The villagers do most of their work in this open area, except on the rainiest days.


Most of their clothing is made of deerskin.  The women wear wrap-around skirts, and the men wear short aprons or breechcloths. Their feet are bare.  The women wear their dark hair long and braided. The men’s hair is cut shoulder length. Most of the men wear headbands. One or two feathers are tied to a few of the older men’s headbands.  Everyone wears some kind of jewelry.  Ornaments made from bone are tied into their hair. Around their necks hang pierced elk teeth, beads made of birds’ wing-bones, or disk-shaped shell beads.


Excerpt:  Summer Village.  Kentuckians Before Boone.

By A. Gwynn Henderson, PhD

The University Press of Kentucky, 1992,  ISBN 0-8131-0908-6


Further Reading Kentucky Archaeology Native American History

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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 part of a group we now call the Fort Ancient People.  Their way of life lasted for over 700 years.  This story takes place about 150 years before Daniel Boone was born.


Now picture the past.  Imagine looking across central Kentucky from a high place.  It’s a bright, cloudless day in late summer.  The view is very clear.  You can see for miles and miles in every direction.  The year is 1585 . . .


Most of central Kentucky is covered in forest.  Some of the oldest trees are so big that three people can’t touch fingertips if they put their arms around a tree’s trunk.  Many kinds of trees grow in these forests.  They are oak, chestnut, beech, black walnut, maple, yellow poplar, ash, sycamore, hickory, elm, hemlock, and pine.


Colorful flowers and many types of mushrooms grow in the forests and along the forest edge.  Fruits and berries grow on thick vines, low bushes, and smaller trees.  Nuts of all sorts also grow on trees.


Fires set by the Indians or by lightening have created grasslands in some spots.  Early settlers called them “natural meadows,” “barrens,” or “glades.”  Only a few trees grow in these grasslands.  They are oak, honey, locust, hackberry, cherry, walnut, blue ash, pawpaw, and buckeye.  Native grasses and clovers, however, grow thickly in the grasslands. There is blue stem, wild rye, and running buffalo clover.


In other places, native cane, a woody-stemmed grass like bamboo, grows 10 to 12 feet tall.  Early settlers called these places “canebrakes.”  No trees grow here, only thick stands of native cane.  These canebrakes stretch for miles and miles across the rolling hills.


Hundreds of freshwater and saltwater springs flow in central Kentucky.  Animals are attracted to these salt springs or “licks.”  They like to drink the salty water or lick the salt on the ground.  The animals also eat the grass and clover nearby.  Large areas of land around the largest licks, sometimes as much as 80 acres, are treeless.  This is because herds of animals graze and trample the ground.


The rivers and streams flow freely. In the spring and after a big rain, they rise up over their banks, flooding the lands nearby.  During dry times, even the Ohio River can be waded across. The water is so clear the Indians can see the rocks and shells on the bottom.  Everywhere the water is good to drink.


The rich forests, grasslands, canebrakes, and waterways of central Kentucky provide food for the Indians and for many kinds of animals.  The largest land animals are white-tailed deer, elk, bear, and mountain lion. Smaller animals also live in this region.  They are opossum raccoon, wolf, bobcat, dog, fox, beaver, skunk, mink, squirrel, mouse, groundhog, and rabbit.


Excerpt – Kentuckians Before Boone

by Gwynn Henderson, PhD

The University Press of Kentucky, 1992,  ISBN 0-8131-0908-6


Kentucky Before Boone Poster


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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 peoples dressed, how their houses appeared, how they made their living, what language they spoke) to the general (the diversity of their way of life, the length of their presence here, their place of origin, their spiritual beliefs, and the organization of their political and economic systems).


The most enduring fallacy about Kentucky’s indigenous inhabitants — the myth of the Dark and Bloody Ground — con cerns how these peoples used the land. This legend would have us believe that Indians never lived permanently anywhere in Ken tucky, but only hunted and fought over it. The myth has been and continues to be perpetuated in children’s books,1 in scholarly books and journals,2 in histories,3 and in magazines.4 It persists despite the continued use of many place names that refer to Indians,5 and despite the fact that no such notion exists for the surrounding “geo graphic constructs” of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, and Tennessee.6 It is a legacy of our pioneer past,7 handed down from generation to generation since the first Euro-American settlement of central Kentucky. Therefore, it seems only fitting, in a volume devoted to Kentucky images, that we reexamine the Dark and Bloody Ground myth. How did it evolve? How can we assess its ultimate validity? What can archaeological and archival research offer concerning Kentucky’s Indian inhabitants, especially those who lived in the Bluegrass and along the Ohio River?


Dispelling the Myth 17th & 18th Century Indian Life in KY

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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 Incident.” Before, during, and – for several years after fieldwork ended at that looted ancient Native American village site in Union County, Kentucky – our lives were consumed by Slack Farm. At the height of fieldwork, we couldn’t open a local newspaper without seeing an article about Slack Farm. We couldn’t talk to anyone, once they discovered we were involved with the project, without being grilled. What was new in the case?
Had the looters been sent to jail yet? What kinds of artifacts had we found What were the Indians doing? How can I help?  Everything about Slack Farm broke the mold. The diversity of circumstances, people, and events surrounding the looting, the resultant archaeological study, and the subsequent outcomes set that project apart from all the others I have been involved in, before or since, over the course of my over 40-year-long archaeological career. In the extent of the looters’ damage. In the involvement of lawyers and police. In the response by Native peoples to the grave desecration.
In the amount of public involvement to right the wrong. In the site’s visibility in the media. And especially, in the project’s long-lasting impact on archaeology and on heritage law: the information it produced about ancient Native farming peoples, the repercussions it set in motion, and the legacies it left behind. From start to finish, my husband and a good friend were co-directors of the project, and close friends were members of the field crew. As for me, to have witnessed the destruction first-hand and to have been involved in so many aspects of the project: that was life-changing.
The Slack Farm Incident began with a phone call in November 1987. But in truth, it had begun decades earlier, when a childhood hobby turned from passion to obsession.
Archaeology for the People Joukowsky Institute

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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 mid-1700s during the war between the French and English for control of the Ohio Valley region. Others took place on a national stage, as during the Removal years of the early 1800s, or during the events surrounding the looting and grave desecration at Slack Farm in Union County in the late 1980s.

Over these millennia, a variety of American Indian groups have contributed their stories to Kentucky’s historical narrative. Some names are familiar ones; others are not. Some groups have deep historical roots in the state; others are relative newcomers. All have contributed and are contributing to Kentucky’s American Indian history.

The bulk of Kentucky’s American Indian history is written within the Commonwealth’s rich archaeological record: thousands of camps, villages, and town sites; caves and rockshelters; and earthen and stone mounds and geometric earthworks. After the mid-eighteenth century arrival of Europeans in the state, part of Kentucky’s American Indian history can be found in the newcomers’ journals, diaries, letters, and maps, although the native voices are more difficult to hear. Later history is recorded in newspapers, books, histories, and encyclopedias. It also is found in the oral traditions, spiritual beliefs, art, music, and cultural events native peoples have passed down through generations.

From this complex mix of sources, an American Indian history emerges that reflects cultural, religious, and ethnic diversity; chronicles challenges, triumphs, and losses; and paints a picture of human endurance. It can be considered in five broad periods: First Peoples (9,500 BCE – CE 1539), Foreign Influences (1539-1730), Intersection of Two Worlds (1730-1825), Removal and Its Aftermath (1825-1980), and Greater Visibility and Action (1980-PRESENT).

A Native History of KY Gywnn Henderson PhD David Pollack.PhDpdf

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Tour120 to Showcase Kentucky’s Historic Architecture




Preservation Kentucky’s Tour120 is an exciting new statewide event designed to raise awareness of the importance of historic preservation to Kentucky’s communities, and raise funds to help the nonprofits that preserve, manage and showcase them.  To be held on Saturday-Sunday, May 18-19, 2019 during National Historic Preservation Month, Tour120 will feature tours of historic commercial, residential and public buildings on the same days throughout the state to make a large impact on the public and provide a cohesive branding, advertising and promotional opportunity for the host committees that participate.


The Tour120 concept is simple:  With your participation, Preservation Kentucky will promote historic building tours on the same weekend of the year in as many of the Commonwealth’s 120 counties as possible.  The success of Tour120 depends on active participation by Host Committees to showcase private historic homes, commercial buildings and other historic places usually closed to the public.


Kentucky’s historic buildings and landscapes are our greatest amenities and define our sense of place, enhancing our downtowns, Main Streets, neighborhoods, rural and crossroads communities, and contributing to economic development and tourism efforts statewide.  The keepers of many of these special places, however – cities, counties, nonprofits, museums and attractions – are challenged with a common problem:  striking a balance between fundraising to carry out our mission and actually carrying out our mission.


Tour120 is a great way to attract new visitors – and potentially new residents – and increase tourism and economic development dollars in cities across the state.


Historic Preservation and Tourism are an important intersection.  The positive economic and social impact of cultural heritage tourism cannot be overstated.  This is especially true for a state like Kentucky, where iconic images have gained international attention and attracted visitors from all over the world.  And while bourbon, horses and fried chicken are among our most popular icons, one can argue that it’s our historic architecture that gives us our strong sense of place.


Tour120 is a wonderful way to showcase our historic buildings and sites.  We hope the unified branding will appeal to local sites, spark interest in all age groups, and get folks out into their own and neighboring communities to explore the built environment that tells our story.



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Webinar: Dispelling the Myth – The Archaeology of Kentucky’s Ancient Peoples

Preservation Kentucky celebrated Archaeology Month in September with a webinar that featured the rich archaeological record of our native inhabitants with ancient Native American archaeologist Gwynn Henderson, PhD, whose research has corrected the mistaken narrative that Native peoples never lived permanently in Kentucky – when, in fact, they did.


Native peoples have lived in what we know as the Commonwealth beginning around 9,500 B.C. and they are still citizens of Kentucky today. Drawing from the rich archaeological record of these ancient people, this webinar reviews what archaeologists have learned and inferred about their diverse lifeways, technologies, settlements and ritual sites prior to the arrival of Europeans.






Photo credit: Kentucky Before Boone poster by Jimmy A. Railey (1990) details all aspects of KY prehistory from the earliest hunter-gatherers to the most recent native farmers with time-specific, activity and technology scenes.

Meet your instructor:  A. Gwynn Henderson, PhD


A native of Delaware, Dr. Henderson has been interested in old things, dinosaurs, and in being an archaeologist since she was young.  She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the Universtiy of Delaware; her M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky; and, her Ph.D. in Anthropology with a minor in Native American History from the University of Kentucky.


Dr. Henderson is currently Staff Archaeologist/Education Coordinator at the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky.


An ancient Native American archaeologist, Dr. Henderson has conducted field research in Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia and Mexico. She is particularly interested in researching the lifeways of the ancient Native American farming cultures of the Ohio Valley and the history of mid-18th century indigenous groups in that region. She has written, presented and published many professional reports and papers describing the results of her research, and with archaeologist David Pollack, PhD, directed the UK undergraduate field school in archaeology from 2009-2011.


As an archaeology educator and public archaeologist, Dr. Henderson works with archaeologists, teachers and museum educators to develop content, lessons, booklets, video programs, and workshops that make information about Kentucky’s rich archaeological heritage accessible to a wide audience. She serves as State Coordinator for Kentucky Project Archaeology; her book for adult literacy students, Kentuckians Before Boone, is used in elementary school classrooms; and she has published several nonfiction articles in dig, an award winning archaeology magazine for children ages 9-14.


Dr. Henderson is a member of the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission. She has lived in Kentucky since June 1977, when she joined an excavation in Jefferson County directed by University of Kentucky archaeologists.


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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.


For those in need of a grant, visit our Funding Opportunities page to see if you qualify!

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