The Olive Hill Historical Society has recently named their facility "The Olive Hill Center for Arts and Education". Thus, there has been determined the true vision and mission for the 81 year-old landmark.
Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) has recently committed to be a part of the mission and is bringing classes to "the Hill". Olive Hill joins the college's locations in Maysville, Morehead, Mt. Sterling and Licking Valley to offer higher education and continuing education to the citizens of their areas.
Olive Hill Historical Society (OHHS) is into its fourth phase of renovation. These renovations began over 10 years ago when a small group of interested citizens saw the need to save the historic site, which had been designated as an official Kentucky Historic Landmark by Governor Paul Patton.
Linda Lowe, president of OHHS, states, "This is the opportunity in which we have long been searching. We have applications in for two grants that will enable another $750,000 of renovation to provide educational space for learning of all venues. We've spent close to a million and this will continue to make the building alive and a resource to the area. The leaders at MCTC have been so inspiring to bring this resource to a community in great need of such educational opportunities."
Initial plans will bring community education classes to offer personal enrichment to all ages this spring and summer. "The excitement that has been generated by the local people of Olive Hill is guiding the leadership of our College as we continue to assist in the development of possible educational opportunities for the area," said MCTC President Ed Story. "It is especially great that The Olive Hill Center for Arts and Education is to be multifaceted and will be housed in this historic structure bringing new life that will continue for year to come."
To learn more about this exciting new venture in Olive Hill plan to attend the community forum set for Tuesday, April 6, at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center in Olive Hill.