As the region’s oldest non-profit preservation organization, the Blue Grass Trust offers leadership and inspiration to the preservation movement in Central Kentucky. Our on-going mission is to preserve and protect the historic built environment and the heritage of the bluegrass region of Kentucky. Through advocacy, activism and education we pursue this mission every day.
We invite you to become a part of this exciting and important mission by joining in the work of our Community Preservation and Education Committee or by participating in any of the preservation and education programs described below. To learn more about these programs or the preservation mission of the Trust please contact us.
BGT Plaque Program
The BGT Plaque Program is probably the most visible program of the Trust. The very familiar BGT plaque calls attention to buildings of architectural or historical significance that are fifty or more years old. Some 800 plaques have been awarded since the program began in the early 1970s. To apply for a plaque, please contact us or click here to download an application..
National Historic Preservation Month
Preservation Month offers the Trust an opportunity to educate the public about historic preservation in the community. Preservation Month takes place each May, during National Preservation Month. The BGT participates in, and celebrates, Preservation Month by planning a variety of public events.
Hands on Heritage
Hands on Heritage is a program that offers children the opportunity to experience history and the Hunt-Morgan House in a hands-on way. Each program has a different theme or lesson and usually includes period crafts and snacks. Past Hands on Heritage activities include painting floor cloths, learning how to write with a quill and ink, making homemade butter and apple fritters, tasting Civil War recipes for punch, coffee, and pork-and-beans, learning how to sew, and joining “Henrietta Morgan” for a Victorian tea. Pre-registration is required and programs are usually free. Visit the Upcoming Events page for future Hands on Heritage programs.
The Primary Heritage Education Program
The Primary Heritage Education Program, available to area elementary schools, is a specially designed curriculum meant to aid students in learning about local history. The curriculum targets significant architectural and historic structures and provides teachers with lesson plans, discussion guides, illustrations, supplemental reading materials, and kits for creating models and replicas. The Trust also offers special walking tours of Gratz Park and the Hunt-Morgan House in conjunction with this program or separately.
BGT Annual Preservation Awards
The BGT Annual Preservation Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations to the Blue Grass Trust or to the preservation movement in Kentucky.
Technical Assistance is offered on a variety of preservation issues. This assistance is provided through seminars, workshops, a resource library and in response to individual requests for information.