|Centre to host 2002 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference
RELEASED: July 11, 2002
DANVILLE, KYCentre will host a conference that deals with preservation issues important to communities and individuals throughout Kentucky. The college will be home to most sessions of the 2002 Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference that convenes August 1-3 in Danville.
The conference, themed "In Tune With Preservation," will focus attention on many timely issues, including preservation of historic and endangered buildings, downtown revitalization, community development, neighborhood design, historic military sites, heritage education, heritage tourism, architectural studies and preservation financing. In addition to three days of educational sessions, activities will include Preservation Kentucky's Advocacy breakfast, dinner and auction; a bookstore and exhibit area; and tours of historic sites including several National Historic Landmarks.
An appropriate venue for the conference, Centre has engaged in a systematic program of historic preservation during the past 15 years. Its signature building, Old Centre, was built in 1819 and is Kentucky's oldest continuously operating academic facility. During the Civil War it was used as a hospital by Confederate troops and then by Union soldiers after the battle of Perryville.
The college has 14 buildings included in the National Register of Historic Places on its 115-acre campus (go to www.centre.edu/web/glance/map/campusmap.html).
Keynote speakers at the conference will be Joseph P. Riley, Jr., Mayor of Charleston, S.C., nationally known for his leadership in preservation and urban revitalization issues; Edward McMahon, Vice President of The Conservation Fund of Arlington, Va., an author and nationally known speaker on conservation issues; Dwight Young, Senior Communications Associate for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and author of the back-page feature in the Trust's monthly Preservation magazine; and Crit Blackburn Luallen, Secretary of Kentucky Governor Paul Patton's Executive Cabinet, who spearheaded Gov. Patton's Smart Growth Task Force. Luallen is a Centre graduate, class of 1974.
"We are extremely delighted to be working with Danville Mayor Alex Stevens, Centre President John Roush, the Heart of Danville staff and other volunteers who are working very hard to make this conference such a wonderful event," said David L. Morgan, Executive Director of the Kentucky Heritage Council and State Historic Preservation Officer who is member of Centre's class of 1975. "Danville is the perfect location to host our statewide conference, given the community's emphasis on preservation issues, the pride that its citizens take in their homes and the city's designation as a Great American Main Street by the National Trust for Historic Preservation."
For more details about the conference and registration information, call Becky Shipp, Kentucky Heritage Council Site Development Program Administrator, at (502) 564-7005, Ext. 133, or visit the council's Web site, www.kyheritage.org.
Located in Frankfort, the Kentucky Heritage Council was created in 1966 to preserve the Commonwealth's historic and prehistoric resources for future.
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