Thursday, August 20, 2009

Masonry Workshop in September

Preservation Kentucky and the Rural Heritage Development Initiative will offer a Brick Masonry for Historic Buildings workshop, September 22 -25 in Bardstown Kentucky.

Miles Miller, the instructor is the president and owner of Rochester -
Miller Restoration Inc. The company was formed in 1981 soon after Miles graduated from the University Of Kentucky College Of Business Administration.
Over the past 28 years, Rochester-Miller Restoration's
resume of jobs could be a virtual "Where's Where" of the Bluegrass's
historical structures. Miles has twice received the Blue Grass Trust's
"Preservation Craftsman of the Year" award covering all the trades, as
well as the Kentucky Heritage Council's "Service to Preservation" award.
He was an eight year board member of Commonwealth Preservation Advocates
and Preservation Kentucky. Miles is also a part time Kentucky Community
and Technical College System teacher, having taught numerous classes in
masonry restoration, and has lectured at numerous Kentucky Heritage
Council's, statewide conferences.

The workshop will include analysis and remedies for re-pointing and minor
structural repairs projects, including bonding agents, prep work,
discussion and preparation of historically appropriate mortars and
various masonry repair techniques. The workshop will be conducted on
Spalding Hall listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in
Bardstown, Kentucky. Learn how to bring your projects into compliance
with the Secretary 0f the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for

The workshop is limited to 6 students. We have 3 openings left.

Fee for the three and a half day workshop is $250 and includes lunch.
$100.00 Deposit, balance due prior to September 22, 2009

To register contact Pen Bogart, or

For additional information on this workshop you can also contact

Amy Potts – 270-358-9069

Thursday, June 18, 2009

2009 Pine Mountain School for Practical Historic Preservation hands-on training workshop in October 2009

Dry Stone Wall Workshop: October 9-11, 2009

Since 2002, Pine Mountain Settlement School and the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office have partnered to present this annual series of hands-on training programs, with work done on significant historic buildings on the school’s campus and highlighting various materials and construction methods. Classes feature experienced instructors who educate participants in skills needed to properly care for and repair historic buildings. Traditional construction methods are taught and practical preservation using modern techniques is emphasized.

October 9-11, From the Ground Up: The Art of Building Dry Stone Walls

For registration or more information, visit or contact Patrick Kennedy, Kentucky Heritage Council restoration project coordinator, 502-564-7005, ext. 138, or

Kentucky Cemetery Preservation Grants

The Kentucky Department of Local Government (DLG) has announced the distribution of nearly $47,328 in Cemetery Preservation Fund grants for the restoration and maintenance of non-profit cemeteries not receiving perpetual care funds.

FY09 Approved Cemetery Preservation Fund Grant Recipients:

Cemetery: Mt. Pleasant

Cemetery: Hazelwood

Cemetery: Little Union

Cemetery: Holt

Cemetery: Miller

Cemetery: Schroader

Cemetery: Foster Gardens

Cemetery: Fuller-Martin

Cemetery: Spurlin

Cemetery: West Union Baptist

County: CLARK
Cemetery: Grove/Reeves-Reese

County: CLARK
Cemetery: Patton & Harris

County: HART
Cemetery: Pearl Webb

County: HART
Cemetery: Watkins-Wyatt

Cemetery: Cane Run

Cemetery: Crank-Tincher-Gabbard

Cemetery: Samuel Hunter

Cemetery: 5 Remote & Abandoned

County: LOGAN
Cemetery: Red River

Cemetery: College Hill

County: MERCER
Cemetery: McAfee

County: SHELBY
Cemetery: Beech Creek Baptist Church

County: TAYLOR
Cemetery: Brown-Newton

County: TAYLOR
Cemetery: Chandler

County: TAYLOR
Cemetery: Pleasant Union

County: TAYLOR
Cemetery: Saloma

County: TAYLOR
Cemetery: Sprowles-Burress

County: TAYLOR
Cemetery: Spurlington UMC

County: WARREN
Cemetery: New Salem

Cemetery: Parrott-McElroy

Cemetery: Zion Hill

For more information, see the DLG press announcement.

Funding for the Dry Ridge Consolidated Colored School in Crittenden, KY

Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation has once again partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and contributed $1 million to help restore Rosenwald Schools.

This year, 16 Rosenwald Schools in eight states will receive funding. The Kentucky Rosenwald Schools that is funded for 2009 is the Dry Ridge Consolidated Colored School in Crittenden, Kentucky.

The Dry Ridge School will be used to educate elementary and secondary school students on the history of Rosenwald Schools. It will also provide adult education programs focusing on historic preservation, intercultural relations and other topics of interest to community groups.

For information on the Rosenwald School preservation projects, see the National Trust for Historic Preservation Rosenwald Schools Initiative.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Historic Preservation Bookstore Launched, the leading online resource for historic and cultural resource preservation based in Portland, Oregon, is pleased to announce the launch of the comprehensive “Preservation Bookstore.” With over 275 books currently available, the bookstore will collect and present primary titles of critical importance to restoration professionals, historic homeowners and the general public interested in historic preservation.

The bookstore features a broad array of titles in the fields of historic preservation, including: building restoration; architectural history and design; downtown, Main Street, and urban revitalization; historic preservation funding sources, laws and policy; historic real estate; architectural tours and heritage tourism; identifying architectural styles; researching house history; endangered history; museum management; and roadside attractions.

There is no fee to have books listed on Those interested in having publications considered for inclusion should send a copy or sample to, 7017 N. Alma Ave, Portland, OR 97203. All books are reviewed for relevance and quality before being added to the website.

The Preservation Bookstore works in partnership with Powell's City of Books - the largest independent bookstore in the United States, also located in Portland, Oregon. Advantages of partnering with Powell's are many, including that they have a massive new and used catalog (many of the books offered are used, and thus are available at a great discount), they are an independent bookstore, and they are an integral part of what makes the city of Portland unique and vibrant.

To view the Preservation Bookstore, visit and click on “Preservation Bookstore” or simply go to:

Monday, October 13, 2008

Kentucky Military History Museum to Undergo Preservation Efforts

Beginning on Monday, October 13, 2008, the Kentucky Military History Museum, housed in the Old State Arsenal in Frankfort, will undergo extensive preservation work in an ongoing effort to protect this important Kentucky historical site. Repairs to the Arsenal, which are being funded by the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs, will be completed in a manner that honors the historically significant building.

For more information about the Arsenal building and the current efforts to preserve the building, go to

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Kentucky Projects Awarded Preserve America Grants

Deputy Secretary of the Interior Lynn Scarlett, along with Advisory Council on Historic
Preservation Chairman John L. Nau III, today announced the second round of Preserve America Grants for 2008 that includes 44 projects in 24 states totaling more than $4.3 million. Two Kentucky projects were awarded a total of $123,925. The application period for 2009 will open October 1.

The Rural Heritage Development Initiative, a pilot program administered in Kentucky by Preservation Kentucky, the Kentucky Heritage Council, and other partners, received a $48,925 Preserve America grant to create Rural Design Guidelines for the eight-county RHDI region. The City of Bardstown will serve as fiscal agent and Ned Crankshaw of the University of Kentucky Department of Landscape Architecture will administer the work.

The city of Paducah received $75,000 to aid in completition of a Renaissance Area Master Plan. The project will build on the recent success of Paducah’s Artist Relocation Project in its Lowertown Historic District, linking and managing the further growth and development of its
new art neighborhood, its Downtown, and its Riverfront.

“Preserve America Grants help communities learn about their history and share it with visitors. These grants make the story of America come alive and create a better understanding of our diverse and rich cultures,” Nau said.

More information on Preserve America, including a complete list of grant recipients, criteria, and
application forms for various components of the initiative, can be found at