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Kentucky State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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DesignationList a-z 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)
Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.

Agricultural insect Honeybee 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
Dance Clogging 2006
Drink Milk 2005
Father of Newgrass Music Sam Bush 2010
Fish Kentucky Spotted Bass (Micropterus punctulatus) 1956
Flag Find out more... 1928
Flower Goldenrod (Solidago spp.) 1926
Fossil Brachiopod 1986
Fruit Blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis) 2004
Gemstone Freshwater Pearl 1986
Great seal Find out more... 1792
Honey festival Clarkson Honeyfest 2006
Horse Thoroughbred 1996
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
Language English 1984
Latin motto Deo gratiam habeamus 2002
Mineral Coal 1998
Military school Millersburg Military Institute 2004
Music Bluegrass music 2007
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
Rock Kentucky agate 2000
Science center Louisville Science Center, now called the Kentucky Science Center. 2002
Silverware pattern Old Kentucky Bluegrass (Georgetown Pattern)adobe document 1996
Soil Crider soil seriesadobe document 1990
Song "My Old Kentucky Home"
"My Old Kentucky Home" (Modern version)
Sports car Corvette 2010
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 Countyadobe document 1990
Wild animal game species Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) 1968

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Additional Information

Kentucky's State Symbols: from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives.

Kentucky Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Kathleen W. Deady

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
State Names, Seals
Flags and Symbols

Benjamin F. Shearer
Barbara S. Shearer

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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