Kentucky Main Street Program Presents Three Awards to the Heart and Heart Partners
On Monday, March 28, Kitty Dougoud, Coordinator for the Kentucky Main Street program, visited Danville to present awards from the state’s Main Street office.
The Danville – Boyle County African American Historical Society (DBCAAHS) and the Heart of Danville was presented the Best Main Street Program or Event for their Soul of 2nd Street Festival. With few of the landmarks of the African-American business district remaining, the Heart joined forces with DBCAAHS to create an event or festival centered around what once was the thriving social hub of Danville’s black community. As the safe place for African-Americans to convene during the era of segregation, the Soul of 2nd Street Festival strives to take us back to the fondly remembered times of the district.
Featuring music and food of the former restaurants and businesses along 2nd Street, and using photo displays and story circles to tell the history of the district, the Heart along with DBCAAHS was able to perpetuate the significance of Second Street in Danville’s African-American history.
“These factors alone have helped indicate that we have found an effective and resonate way to celebrate and share the significance of our black community and the heart of their economic, social, and religious community life for much of the 20th century,” said Heart of Danville Director, Bethany Rogers.
Also receiving an award, The City of Danville and Boyle Landmark Trust was presented the Best Main Street Partners for the innovative Preservation conference that the Heart of
Danville co-hosted fall of 2015. The mini-conference was a joint venture between the Heart, the city, Boyle Landmark Trust and Main Street Perryville to help entrepreneurs, developers, and investors see the value and feasibility of overcoming barriers and perceived risks in rehabbing and redeveloping our historic buildings.
At the most fundamental level the mini-conference was designed to offer Danville AHB members, Planning and Zoning Board Members, Code Enforcement, City staff, locally elected officials, and interested community members an education and training opportunity that placed the value and potential of historic preservation in a larger context of economic and community development. More ambitiously, the mini-conference was intended to foster a culture of historic preservation and creative business development in Boyle County. Community members were provided a clearer understanding of how to finance, carry out, and benefit from a preservation project and how public and private entities can be effective collaborators in our community’s preservation efforts moving forward.
Finally, the Heart of Danville was presented the Excellence in Four Point Main Street Approach for their perfect score, 100 /100, for their recertification.
“I never expected an organization to attain 100%, it was a goal to aspire too, but with so many factors affecting organizations I didn't foresee it happening. Needless to say when the Heart of Danville received the 100/100 I was excited,” said Dougoud.