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Kentucky by Heart: Exploring well-known, and not-so-well-known, state symbols of the Commonwealth


史蒂夫平凡
KyForward Columnist

I taught mostly fourth-graders during my 28-year full-time teaching career, and I always loved the subject of Kentucky history, geography, and the state’s culture. I particularly enjoyed covering the state symbols, which have official designations from the Kentucky General Assembly. The teaching of such made it easier for me as my students usually responded with high interest, too.

Recently, I discovered that there are quite a few state symbols that I unknowingly left out of my lessons. Teaching materials I used centered on some “basic” ones of which many Kentuckians were aware. Here are the symbols, with year of official designation if available, that I typically shared in the classroom:

The Cardinal was originally named Kentucky’s state bird in 1926 (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)

州鸟- - - - - -cardinal (1926; recodified in 1942)

state flower- - - - - -goldenrod (1926)

state tree- - - - - -tulip poplar (1956; Kentucky coffee tree replaced it in 1976; tulip poplar regained status in 1994)

国家野生游戏动物- - - - - -gray squirrel (1968)

state motto- - - - - -“United We Stand, Divided We Fall” (1792)

州歌- - - - - -“My Old Kentucky Home” (1988 modern lyrics version)

state horse- - - - - -Thoroughbred (1996)

state butterfly- Viceroy Basilarchia Archippus(1990)

state fish- 肯塔基州发现了低音(1956)

Here is an extended list from the source,eReferenceDesk.com。我相信他们非常有启发性,希望能够引发进一步的研究兴趣。你有多少以下意识到?

state agricultural insect- - - - - -honey bee (2010)

state amphitheater- 路易斯维尔Iroquois圆形剧场(2001年)

国家植物园- Bernheim Arboretum&Research Forest(1994)

state bluegrass song- “肯塔基州的蓝色月亮”(1989年)

国家植物园- - - - - -UK Arboretum (2000)

州波旁餐厅- - - - - -The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Inc. (2000)

state covered bridge- - - - - -Switzer Covered Bridge (1998)

state dance- 堵塞(2006)

州饮料- 牛奶(1985)

state fossil- - - - - -brachiopod (1986)

state fruit- - - - - -blackberry (2004)

state gemstone- - - - - -freshwater pearl (1986)

Participants dressed as honey bees during the Clarkson Honey Festival (Photo fromClarksonhoneyfest.com)

state honey festival- - - - - -Clarkson Honeyfest (2006)

state language- - - - - -English (1984)

state Latin motto- - - - - -“deo gratiam habeamus” (2002)

国家矿产- 煤炭(1998)

state music- Bluegrass Music(2007)

state musical instrument- - - - - -Appalachian dulcimer (2001)

state outdoors musical- - - - - -“Stephen Foster Story” (2002)

国家管道乐队- - - - - -“Louisville Pipe Band” (2000)

state pledge- “宣誓肯塔基州陈述”(2000)

state quarter- - - - - -Kentucky State Quarter (2001)

国家摇滚乐- - - - - -Kentucky agate (2000)

state science center- - - - - -Louisville Center (2002)

Steve Flairty是一名教师,公开演讲者和七本书的作者:肯塔基州的远方主持蒂姆农民和六个在肯塔基日常英雄系列中,包括儿童版本。史蒂夫的“肯塔基州的日常英雄#5”于2019年发布。史蒂夫是肯塔基州肯塔基州的高级记者,每周凯斯华和Nkytribune专栏作家以及肯塔基人文理事会议长局的前成员。联系他sflairty2001@yahoo.comor visit his Facebook page, “Kentucky in Common: Word Sketches in Tribute。” (Steve’s photo by Connie McDonald)

state silverware pattern- - - - - -“Old Kentucky Bluegrass” Georgetown pattern (1996)

state soil- 船员土壤系列(1990)

国家跑车- Chevrolet Corvette(2010)

state steam locomotive- - - - - -“Old 152” (2000)

I found some other unique Kentucky state symbols, too (Check to see if shows are currently open this year during the pandemic.):

啤酒奶酪的诞生地- - - - - -Clark County (2013)

birthplace of newgrass music- 保龄球绿色(2010)

center for celebration of African American heritage- 何肯塔基州非洲裔美国遗产中心(2002年)

肯塔基州的桥梁首都- 弗莱明县(1998年)

father of newgrass music- 山姆布什(2010)

Kentucky Commonwealth Theatre- - - - - -Devou Park Summer Classics Theatre of Covington (1992)

Kentucky Shakespeare Festival- - - - - -Shakespeare in Central Park of Louisville (1984)

Original softdrink- - - - - -Ale-8-One (2013)

I’d be curious to know if readers here disagree with some of these designated symbols and would like to suggest alternatives. One might consider state symbols for other items, also. How about a state tractor, for example? Ha, if my dad were still living, he would likely choose the Farmall brand; Uncle Kenny a John Deere, and Uncle Howard would say a Ford. Or what about a state food? Examples might be KFC chicken, Kentucky burgoo, or possibly the Hot Brown. What tickles your “inner Kentucky” for possible symbols of other things?

蓝草州(我们的州昵称)及其文化遗产马刺讨论。希望收到你的意思最能代表肯塔基州的消息。

Sources:Clarksonhoneyfest.com;eReferenceDesk.com; The Kentucky Encyclopedia;statesymbolsusa.org;locomotive.fandom.com


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3 Comments

  1. Dean 说:

    Thanks Steve for sharing your knowledge about our state and Kentucky history. You always do a great job.

  2. Mark L Reinhardt 说:

    我喜欢这样的东西!谢谢史蒂夫。

  3. Steve Flairty 说:

    谢谢,马克和迪安!

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