Our Tour of the State Capitol

April 4, 2008 at 10:44 am 4 comments

I drove a pleasant 6 hour drive yesterday following the school bus seemed to help keep me alert, as well as good company and bad driving conditions.  I’m currently sorting photos.  The History Museum was fascinating, which I can’t believe I’m saying.  Until now, I have not really enjoyed museums of “old stuff”.  I think the appreciation grows with age!  The Capitol was beautiful.  It’s often considered one of the two most beautiful in the country, everything of marble and finery. 

The Tour Guide was awesome for our Senate tour.  He could do a PBS special.  I video taped part of it.

The kids were pretty good.  (Asking 5th grade kids to walk single file is asking for a group subconscious mutiny, but otherwise…)

The KY History Museum


Boy Wonder wanted a picture of this rare artifact.  A beautiful watch of Abraham Lincoln’s, resting in a Tiffany’s jewery case.  My son took this picture.  You might be able to see the initials “AL” inscribed on the button.


This was from a journal…loved the wording “disadvantages large”.


Confederate money from several states:  I’d never seen confederate bills before–amazed at the complexity of overlaid printing for the time.  Beautiful bills.

(We were allowed to take photos, just no flash photography.)

On to the Capitol Building


My son and I. 


Statue of Abraham Lincoln–we couldn’t et a great shot because the press were setting up in the area of the rotunda for the Governor.  They skirted us out of the area all day.  I wish I had had a chance to go back and stand in that grand area, but you could look down from the balcony above.

Our State Rep. looking down over the press conference below from the balcony above.  I was playing with the photo.  It reminded me of an old photo from a newspaper or something…for some reason, I liked it and left it.



Press Conference as seen from balcony.  A proclamation about organ donation was to be signed in the next few minutes.


State Representative Yonts comes over to speak to the children to keep them busy during the signing:  “So, how many of you plan to go to college and make a million dollars?”

Kids listening, a few raising hands.

“Because you know that if you go to college, and it doesn’t matter where you go, over the course of your lifetime…you’ll make a million dollars!”

A child raises his hand with a question.

“A question!  What is your question?”, says the Representative.

“Where is the bathroom?”

(Did I mention they’d been waiting on the steps along time after lunch?) 

Representative, laughing:  “Well, you might miss your picture with the governor if you go now.  He’ll be here very soon.”

Child:  “I still HAVE to go to the bathroom.”

They took turns a few at a time after the Representative directed them to bathrooms. 

What can we say?  Ya gotta do what ya gotta do!


A suprise drop-by from former KY Gov. Julian Carroll. He and and his grandson happened to be there (he was taking his grandson on a tour of the capitol building.)  We were lucky to get to meet him. Click here to read more about KY Governors.

After KY Governor Steven Bashear signed his proclamation, they asked if he would come have his picture made with us, and he did.  We will EACH get a copy of the group photo. 


They had him in and out in one minuteAmazing.  I need those people managing MY day.


Session just let out last night around midnight to decide on the state budget for this year, and our representative was available to take us into the chambers.  There was much to tell the children about where moneys would go for our area for improvement projects.  (The theatre apparently got some much needed funding for the purchase of the building they’ve been wanting.)  Click here to read coverage about the budget.

An excerpt:


“In God We Trust”


First, the multitude of trash cans is impressive here. 

Second, the children storming the State Senate.  Gotta love that.st-cap-yonts-dem-tech.jpg

Our State Representative showing the children relatively new technology in the House of Representative that allows them to read all the proposals on computers rather than having huge stacks of papers as in the past. 



The ceiling in the House of Representatives.


Where the public sits, in the balcony.  (I’m not sure why it seems to not be painted the same color as the floor below.


The kids got pretty good seats since the House was not in session that day.  (See:  IBMs.)

These are the buttons that light up when the representatives vote. st-cap-house-buttons.jpg

They are located at the front of the room.  The pages also use these indicator lights to know when they are needed.

(I don’t know how old you have to be to be a page.  Can you imagine your child sitting on the front row?  I sort of shutter to think.)

The dolls are dedicated to each governor’s wife.


Rep. Yonts invited all 50 children to cram into his office, plus 10 adults!  He was very kind and hospitable to them.  He has a nice view out the window behind his desk of the front of the capital building. 


These “green pages” that are sent to him with citizen comments and messages throughout the day.  He said, flipping through the papers, “Let’s see, a teacher is not happy with the 1% proposed pay increase…, unfortunately, that’s what she got….you try to respond to people, but it doesn’t always work out the way you want it to.  You get what you can.”  He went on to tell us about some other advances that they did get to go through at the last minute.


The Old State Capitol Building. There is a central staircase feeding into two opposing concrete stair cases, unsupported, except for weight born at the top on a central keystone. 

KY state legislation and news at Captial Notes

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  • 1. Dori  |  April 4, 2008 at 12:11 pm


    I loved these pictures because we love to visit the capitol in Frankfort! In fact, I have all the same pictures for the most part!!

    We somehow always manage to go on the weekend and who knew that you could get in and roam the hallways? We’ve seen all the back hallways leading to and from the chambers and such.

    My favorite picture taking place is the floral clock but the rain probably kept you all from spending much time there!

    I’m glad you made it and managed to stay awake!! I would have had to have had a Venti No-Fat White Chocolate Mocha No Whip to do that!! 🙂

    Blessings, friend!

  • 2. L.P.  |  April 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Great pics, Joan!

  • 3. Stacey  |  April 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    I fondly remember touring the Capitol in middle school and having our pictures made.

    Man, I’m surprised I can remember that far back! LOL!

  • 4. touchofglory  |  April 4, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Wow! What a great post! I love the pics. It takes me back to my field trip days!

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