4-17 The State of Kentucky

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The great state of Kentucky became the 15th state on June 1, 1792.  Its state capital is Frankfort.  Kentucky is from the Iroquois Indian word "Ken-tah-ten," which means "land of tomorrow."  Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky on February 12, 1809 (he was the 16th US President, serving from 1861 to 1865).  Kentucky became known for its bluegrass music.  Appalachian dulcimers typically contain 3 to 5 strings and produce a characteristic soft-sounding but bright droning sound. The dulcimer is played typically by picking or strumming the strings with the fingers or with a flat pick while a slide is used to depress the stings up and down different frets to create a melodic sound.

Emblem/Symbol Name of Emblem/Symbol Adopted
Motto "United We Stand, Divided We Fall" 1942
Nickname "Bluegrass State"  
State Seal 1792
State Bird Cardinal 1926
State Flower Goldenrod 1926
State Song "My Old Kentucky Home" 1988
State Tree Tulip Poplar 1994
State Flag 1928
State Insect Viceroy Butterfly 1990
State Fish Kentucky Spotted Bass 1956
State Animal Gray Squirrel 1968
State Mineral Coal 1998
State Rock Kentucky Agate 2000
State Gemstone Freshwater Pearl 1986

Complete the questions below.

1.  Kentucky became the 15th state on June 1, .

2.  The state insect is the butterfly.

3.  The state song is "."

4.  Kentucky Agate is the state .

5.  The state bird is the .

6.  Kentucky is famous for its music.

7.  A dulcimer has 3 to 5 .

8.  The state motto is "."

9.  Goldenrod is the state .

10.  The state mineral is .



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