Preservation Committee of Historic EKU Houses Announced | New

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Eastern Kentucky University has established a Historic Home Preservation Committee that studies and evaluates the best uses of several historic properties owned by the university.

The committee was established to examine the historical context of several properties owned by the University for possible use by the University and the local community, and to identify immediate needs regarding the stabilization of these properties.

“Eastern Kentucky University takes great pride in celebrating our history while always keeping an eye on the future,” said President Dr. David McFaddin. “We want to be good stewards of the important historic properties that now belong to the University and we want to be good community partners. We are looking for solutions on how best to do this in a way that encompasses our university, our community and our history. This is the raison d’être of this committee.

Once these properties have stabilized, the committee will assess possible future uses by the University and / or the local community.

Committee members currently include; Ethan Witt, Assistant Vice President, Government and Community Relations, Brian Wilcox, Associate Vice President, Facilities Services and Capital Planning, Lanny Brannock, Director of Communications, Charles Hay, EKU Archivist Emeritus and Past President of the Madison County Historical Society, Jesse Hood, Director, Conferences and Events, Jackie Couture, Special Collections and Archives, Ashley Thacker, Academic Records Administrator, Rachel Alexander, Assistant Director, Development and Dr Daniel Enz, Assistant Professor, Applied Engineering and Technology.

“This committee continues to demonstrate Eastern’s commitment to historic preservation. A few years ago, through the efforts of the Eastern and Madison County Historical Society, 13 campus buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Places, ”said Charles Hay, EKU Archivist Emeritus and Past President from the Madison County Historical Society. “Eastern is proud to be the custodian of these buildings. However, it now seems that there is a need to re-establish this cooperative relationship between city and dress. This relationship can help our committee make suggestions on the preservation, to the extent resources allow, of our architectural heritage and material culture.

Jackie Couture, Special Collections and Archives, said she was thrilled to be part of the group. “As a group of knowledgeable and community-minded professionals selected to discuss the preservation and potential use of historic properties, we hope to make recommendations regarding historic properties that benefit both EKU and the community.” Couture said. “As a university archivist and a member of the Madison County Historical Society, I hope to bring together resources (state, federal, and private) that could help preserve these historic properties and integrate them into the educational mission of the University.”

The group meets monthly and has already started discussions regarding the future of the J. Stone Walker House, a historic property on Lancaster Avenue.


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