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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
Kentucky Department for Archives and Libraries, Kentucky's State Symbols, <http://www.kdla.ky.gov/resources/KYSymbols.htm> (Accessed January 28, 2010)
|Arboretum||Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest||1994|
|Bird||Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)||1926|
|Birthplace of Newgrass Music||Bowling Green||2010|
|Bluegrass song||"Blue Moon Of Kentucky," by Bill Monroe||1988|
|Botanical garden||University of Kentucky Arboretum||2000|
|Bourbon festival||The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Incorporated of Bardstown||2000|
|Butterfly||Viceroy Butterfly (Basilarchia archippus)||1990|
|Center for celebration of African American heritage||The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, Louisville||2002|
|Covered bridge||Switzer Covered Bridge, Franklin County||1998|
|Covered bridge capital of Kentucky||Fleming County||1998|
|Father of Newgrass Music||Sam Bush||2010|
|Fish||Kentucky Spotted Bass (Micropterus punctulatus)||1956|
|Flag||Find out more...||1928|
|Flower||Goldenrod (Solidago spp.)||1926|
|Fruit||Blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)||2004|
|Great seal||Find out more...||1792|
|Honey festival||Clarkson Honeyfest||2006|
|Kentucky Commonwealth theatre||Devou Park Summer Classics Theatre of Covington (Ceased operations at the end of the 1992 season.)||1992|
|Kentucky Shakespeare festival||Shakespeare in Central Park of Louisville||1984|
|Latin motto||Deo gratiam habeamus||2002|
|Military school||Millersburg Military Institute||2004|
|Musical instrument||Appalachian Dulcimer||2001|
|Original Kentucky soft drink||Ale-8-One||2013|
|Outdoor musical||"Stephen Foster - The Musical"||2002|
|Pipe band||Louisville Pipe Band||2000|
|Pledge||Pledge of Allegiance to the Commonwealth of Kentucky||2000|
|Science center||Louisville Science Center, now called the Kentucky Science Center.||2002|
|Silverware pattern||Old Kentucky Bluegrass (Georgetown Pattern)||1996|
|Soil||Crider soil series||1990|
|Song||"My Old Kentucky Home"
"My Old Kentucky Home" (Modern version)
|State steam locomotive||Old 152||2000|
|Theatre pipe organ||The Kentucky Theatre's Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ, Lexington||2005|
|Tree||Tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)||1994|
|Tug-of-War championship||Fordsville Tug-of-War Championship, Ohio County||1990|
|Wild animal game species||Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)||1968|
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Kentucky's State Symbols: from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.
Kentucky Facts and Symbols, by Kathleen W. Deady. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major Kentucky symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.
State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.
State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."
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