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Wins excellence in preservation award


Preservation Kentucky has announced its 2017 Excellence in Preservation Awards, with this year's recipients from Campbell, Fayette, Franklin, Harlan, Jefferson, McCracken, Oldham and Pulaski counties. "The annual awards are an important event for Preservation Kentucky and the community-at-large," said Executive Director Betsy Hatfield. "It's a time for us to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the field, and excelled in areas that are critical to our work - advocacy, education, craftsmanship, heritage tourism, sustainability, tax credits, public service and professional development. "Each of our recipients has demonstrated a success the general public needs to hear about; our collective work is what makes historic preservation doable, effective and understandable to the public who needs to understand it," she said. "We are continually educating Kentuckians on why preservation is good business, and advocating for better legislation to incentivize it for those who are willing to do it." The Patrick Kennedy Excellence in Preservation Craftsmanship Award was awarded to Tony Vince, of Woodford County and Tom McDowell of Fayette County for the restoration of one of Kentucky's few terra cotta facades; for protecting the architectural integrity of the 1909 Beaux Arts style Hopewell Museum (Old Post Office Building) in Paris, Bourbon County; and, for exemplifying excellence in craftsmanship combining source materials, experience, knowledge and exceptional skills. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Established in 2012 to honor the exceptional contributions of Kentuckians who have excelled in preserving the Commonwealth's rich heritage, the awards feature projects from urban and rural communities, and people who have demonstrated diligence in preserving the built environment, promoting sustainability, and providing educational programs. The awards are named after Kentuckians who have a long service of dedicated volunteer and professional time devoted to preserving Kentucky's architectural, cultural and prehistoric heritage; and, they underscore the economic development and quality of life benefits of historic preservation. Preservation Kentucky is a statewide membership-based 501(c)(3) public charity nonprofit that facilitates the sustainability of Kentucky's historic buildings, rural landscapes and prehistoric sites through advocacy and education. Its mission is to make Kentucky communities stronger, healthier and economically sustainable. Its goals are 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 treatments of historic properties and places; and, to connect Kentuckians with their heritage by helping them appreciate, maintain and protect their history. 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 enrichment.

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