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Northern Kentucky Heritage League Celebrates 50 Years with State Marker

The Northern Kentucky Heritage League is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary.

On May 12, 2018, at 11 a.m., the Kentucky Historical Society will dedicate a historic marker in celebration of the 50th anniversaty at George Rogers Clark Park (Third & Garrard Streets, Covington).

The dedication is being held in conjunction with the Duveneck Memorial Art Show which starts at noon that day.

“This is will be an incredible day for the Heritage League," said Jim Jenkins, president of the NKHL. "One of the founders, George Dreyer, will be present at the dedication. This marker is evidence that preserving our cultural and artistic heritage is important.”  

Other local dignitaries have been invited to participate in the marker unveiling.

The NKHL was formed in 1967 by three friends, Ben Baker, George Dreyer, and Luella LeVee, who met to discuss the beginning of a fine arts association for Northern Kentucky. Another purpose was to support the grassroots effort to establish a gallery for the exhibition of works by the famed Covington artist Frank Duveneck.

One of the Northern Kentucky Heritage League’s biggest accomplishments has been its involvement in the preservation of the houses on Riverside Drive and the north side of Second Street.  

The Heritage League won the approval of the Covington city commission to reconstruct and beautify George Rogers Clark Park. When the park was finished in the spring of 1969, the first Duveneck Art Show was held, which is now a local tradition.

-Staff report

Photo: Duveneck Art Show at George Rogers Clark Park (RCN file)