FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2012) – The Western Kentucky Lakes Region and the communities of Princeton, Dawson Springs and Eddyville/Kuttawa have been selected to host the 2012 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference Sept. 20-22. Preservationists from across the Commonwealth will gather to participate in tours and educational activities and learn about current trends, address challenges, share success stories, and hear from preservation experts and nationally noted speakers.
The biennial conference is co-sponsored by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office and the statewide nonprofit Preservation Kentucky Inc., which selected the conference location based on proposals solicited primarily from Kentucky Main Street Program communities. Presenting sponsors will be the city of Princeton, Princeton Main Street/Renaissance on Main, Princeton Tourism Commission, Lyon County Tourism, and the Dawson Springs Main Street and Preservation Program, with assistance from many other local organizations.
“We are honored to be chosen as the site of the 2012 Kentucky Preservation Conference. As the first rural area in the western part of the state to host the conference, we look forward to sharing our history and showcasing our wealth of historic places,” said Princeton Mayor Gale Cherry. “Our community has long been a proponent of preservation. Our county has received two Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation preservation awards and the Kentucky Historical Society’s award for Support of Community History. We are a Preserve America community, downtown Princeton is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and we have also won a national award for our restoration efforts.”
In a letter of support included with their proposal, Mayor Cherry writes, “Nestled in the gentle farmland of Western Kentucky, the Princeton area has many historic sites to offer. Whether it is downtown Princeton and Adsmore Museum, the ‘Castle’ in Old Eddyville or our Governor’s boyhood home in Dawson Springs, we have things available that you simple cannot find in the ‘city.’”
The conference will feature educational and hands-on training sessions on a variety of topics to assist participants in preserving historic buildings and sites in their communities. The conference also will provide opportunities for people from many different perspectives to interact and learn from each other, from homeowners and architects to tradespeople and elected officials.
Requests for proposals for educational sessions will be announced in the coming weeks, as well as information about lodging, registration, and continuing education credits for professionals. For updates, visit www.heritage.ky.gov and www.preservationkentucky.org.