The Kentucky Trust

for Historic Preservation

“We Preserve Kentucky’s Heritage. Please join us and connect with of Kentuckians dedicated to preserving our Commonwealth’s unique places. Our success depends on you.”

Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation

P.O. Box 1112
Frankfort, KY 40602-1112


2020 Workshops & Trainings

Historic Cemetery and Gravestone Preservation Workshop
September 26, 2020

Registration is free, but space is limited.

Join the Kentucky Trust as we partner with monument conservator Jon Appell and his 48 State Tour, for a rare opportunity to learn from a leading expert in the field for a one-day free historic gravestone preservation workshop at the historic Green Hill cemetery in Frankfort. This workshop will provide instruction in general best practices for preservation of historic cemetery gravestones and their care. Participants will gain a perspective of historic monument types and traditional materials then move on to techniques for cleaning, repair and conservation of historic gravestones.

A great opportunity for beginners, this workshop will be led through demonstration and hands on activity. Participants may choose to actively practice techniques with the instructor during the workshop.

Please be aware that proper social distancing is required for this workshop and masks must be worn during the workshop. This is a free event, but registration is required and space is limited. Please wear old clothes, bring a mask and gloves, and a sack lunch.

Since 1987, Mr. Appell has worked to conserve, preserve, educate and increase public appreciation for the history that can be found in the world's gravestones, monuments, architecture and sculpture. He has accomplished this in concert with regional and local governments, municipalities, historic trusts, foundations and societies, along with private individuals, heirs and descendants.

About Green Hill Cemetery

Located at the corner of East Main and U.S. 60 in Frankfort, Kentucky's state capital. Green Hill has historically served as the African American burial ground for the capital city of Frankfort.

The Green Hill Cemetery was established in 1865 as part of a larger African American hamlet outside the City of Frankfort. It is the site of the African American Civil War Memorial and provides the citizens of Frankfort with a unique link to our community's African American Civil War heritage. One of its most prominent features is a simple but impressive ten-foot tall limestone pillar bearing the names of 142 veterans of Kentucky’s United States Colored Troops (USCT) from Frankfort and the surrounding counties of central Kentucky.

The monument was dedicated on July 4, 1924 by the Women’s Relief Corps, an affiliate of the local African American Post of the Grand Army of the Republic, a Union Army veteran’s organization.

Officially, 23,703 African Americans in Kentucky responded to the call to arms by President Lincoln and Frederick Douglass to join the ranks of the newly organized USCT. Units were organized with men from across the Commonwealth, mustering into the Union Army at sites from Maysville to Paducah; Camp Nelson, located in Jessamine County, was the second largest recruiting and training facility for African Americans in the country.

About the 48 State Tour:
48 States in 48 Days Gravestone Restoration Tour

Jonathan Appell is a leading cemetery preservation expert and for the past 20 years he has collaborated with numerous people and organizations from sea to shining sea how to preserve gravestones and monuments. With this experience he has developed simple and effective hands on techniques, and helped to create a movement to restore America's Burying Grounds. We are embarking on a mission to preserve America's graveyards.

The plan is to conduct 48 workshops in 48 states in 48 days for free.

Jon will be traveling across the country, teaching how to clean, repair and reset gravestones & monuments. Each location will include the cleaning of veterans memorials.

All events will be 100% Free to the public!

Please join us. Watch, listen, learn, or help.

We look forward to seeing you in your home state along the journey.

More about Jon and his work can be found at

Learn more about the 48 State Tour at

Historic Window Restoration Training

Presented by: The Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation
Sponsored in part by a grant from: Historic Preservation Education Foundation's (HPEF's) Partners in Training (PIT) program.


Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, this workshop has been delayed until Spring of 2021.

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Whether you're a home owner, general contractor, avid craftsman, architect, or someone who simply loves old houses, this course is for you. Join us for a 5-day workshop to rehabilitate historic wood windows at the incredible Kenton Ash estate. Built c1801, the Kenton Ash house is a remarkable survivor of early Kentucky and will allow course participants an exceptional experience to learn hands on with original materials. Properly repaired historic windows have been proven as effective and as energy efficient as modern replacements when treated properly. This course will offer instruction and practice in hands-on restoration techniques with nationally recognized preservationist Duffy Hoffman.

Historic Preservation for Real Estate Professionals

Join the Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with Preservation Kentucky for a introductory training to historic preservation principles for Real Estate Professionals, Developers, Historic Building Owners, Loan Officers, Accountants And Others Interested In Understanding Historic Properties And How To Sell Them. The Workshops Discusses Why Historic Buildings Appeal To Target Demographics, The Value They Offer Potential Buyers And Financial Incentives For Owning Them.

Licenses real estate agents and brokers who attend the workshop can earn KREC approved CEU credits: 2 hours Law / 2 hours Elective.

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.

This course is approved by the Kentucky Real Estate Commission (KREC) for the Kentucky Heritage Council, an agency of the Arts, Tourism & Heritage Cabinet

Look for Registration Fall 2020

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