Datebook: June 1 - Kentucky Becomes 15th State 220 Years Ago

Jun 1, 2012

Ahh... our old Kentucky home... Take a step outside and smell the fresh air on the birthday of the Bluegrass State.

 Bluegrass for its fertile soil and quality livestock, bluegrass for its great heritage music. It's the land of thoroughbred horses and diverse environments, from the waterways in the west, the caves in the middle, and the mountains in the east. Horse racing, bourbon, music, automobiles, tobacco, college basketball, and the battlefield of the Civil War. Ask a Kentuckian why he's proud, but clear your calendar first.

And now turn your attention to some brief history: "Kentucky" derived from the Iroquois, for the area south of the Ohio River, said to mean "meadowland." After 1775, settlers entered the region via the Cumberland Gap and Ohio River in the company of famous explorer Daniel Boone. Far western Kentucky was recognized hunting ground for the Chickasaw until it was sold to the US in 1818. Kentucky separated from Virginia due to hardships in traveling to and from the state capital, difficulties in controlling Indian raids, increasing population, and trade along the Mississippi River. On June 1, 1792, the Kentucky Constitution was accepted by the US Congress, and Kentucky became the 15th state.

...It's also National Donut Day. Hurrah!


It’s Friday, June 1

The Murray Art Guild announces openings in its upcoming summer art workshops.  There’s a Raku clay workshop for adults, a drawing workshop for ages 10 and up, a fibers and weaving workshop for ages 8 and up, and more.  Enrollment is limited.  To see the complete schedule of summer art workshops, visit

The Western Baptist Stroke Support Group will meet Monday afternoon at 3 in Meeting Room A of the Baptist Heart Center.  The group provides support for stroke survivors and their caregivers, family, and friends.  To register, call Deb Welsh at (270) 415-7697.

Land Between the Lakes offers a tree identification hike Sunday afternoon at 1.  Nature Station staff will lead a hike through the woods to point out native trees and explain their distinguishing characteristics.  The program is free with admission to the Nature Station.  For more information, visit

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