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Kentucky State Capitol Ornament

Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative ornaments go to the Division of Historic Properties' endowment fund for the restoration and preservation of Kentucky's beautiful State Capitol building as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2010.

 

Ornaments may be purchased at the Berry Mansion, 700 Louisville Road, Frankfort; the Frankfort/Franklin County Tourism office, 100 Capital Avenue, Frankfort; and the 1792 Store in the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, 100 West Broadway, Frankfort.  Ornaments may also be purchased online.

Ornament Pricing and Sales

 

 

2009 Capitol Ornament

 

 

The 2009 ornaments have arrived!  To order your ornaments please CLICK HERE.

 

The 2009 ornament will feature the Henry Clay statue that stands in the rotunda of our Kentucky State Capitol building!  Please see below for more details.

 

Each expertly crafted ornament is packaged in its own presentation box.  As have all prior official Capitol ornaments, the 2009 edition will be masterfully created by the ChemArt Company, which also designs the annual White House Christmas ornament enjoyed by collectors around the world.  To place an order for a previous years ornament, click on Order Here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2008 Capitol Ornament

 

 

Sixth in this limited-edition series, the 2008 ornament features the west lunette, depicting the Treaty of Sycamore Shoals.  It is a complement to the 2006 ornament, fourth in the series, which features the Daniel Boone east lunette from the Great Hall of the New State Capitol. 

 

2004 Capitol Ornament
Now available for $10.00

dome ornament

The 2004 Capitol Ornament features a representation of the Capitol Dome.

2005 Capitol Ornament
Now available for $10.00

2005 commemorative ornament

The carved pediment from the North entrance of the Capitol is featured in our 2005 ornament.

2006 Capitol Ornament

The 2006 Capitol ornament is the fourth in the series, and features the Daniel Boone lunette from the Great Halls of the Kentucky State Capitol.

2007 Capitol Ornament

Thank you for your interest in the 2007 State Capital Ornament. Currently we have sold out of our initial stock, but are taking information from any interested parties so that we may reorder in the near future.  Please send inquiries to Paula.Weglarz@ky.gov or call the Division of Historic Properties at 502-564-3000.

Don't forget to start, or add to, your collection of the limited edition series.

The number of ornaments is limited!  Do not miss this opportunity to continue or to begin your collection of Kentucky State Capitol Ornaments and assist us in our fundraising efforts to preserve this magnificent structure!

2009 Ornament Information

Beneath the soaring dome in the Capitol’s rotunda stands a “bronzed” plaster model of the Henry Clay statue which is currently located in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C.  The Henry Clay statue, as well as the Ephraim McDowell statue, were sculpted by Charles Henry Niehaus.  Both stand in our rotunda space along with the allegorical pediment on the north facade of Kentucky’s Capitol.  The two statues were commissioned and gifted by Kentucky philanthropist Isaac Bernheim to the U.S. Capitol on behalf of the Commonwealth in 1929.  The Henry Clay model was unveiled and presented to the Commonwealth of Kentucky on November 29, 1930 by the Kentucky State Bar Association.  The model was received from Dr. Arthur Thomas McCormack, then Secretary of the Kentucky State Board of Health.  To provide a proper foundation for the statue, the Sinking Fund Commission procured a pedestal of rare Swiss marble and had the figure suitably bronzed to appear as it does today.


Henry Clay’s life as a Kentuckian began in 1797, when he moved to Central Kentucky from Virginia at the age of twenty.  He served in the commonwealth as a Statesman, an attorney, and a farmer.  Clay was first elected to the Kentucky General Assembly in 1803, eventually earning enough influence to be selected by the Kentucky legislature to serve as U.S. Senator for two terms and later was elected as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  He was chosen Speaker of the House on the first day of his first session, something never done before or since. In 1957, a Senate committee chaired by John F. Kennedy named Clay as one of the five greatest senators in U.S. history.  He is commonly referred to as “The Great Compromiser” for his astute political skills.  He was known for his ability to negotiate treaties and settlements and for his eloquent skills as an orator.  Ashland, the estate of Henry Clay, is located in Lexington, Kentucky and has been deemed a National Historic Landmark.

    

 

 

Capitol Endowment

 

Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative ornament go to the Division of Historic Properties’ endowment fund for the restoration and preservation of Kentucky’s beautiful state Capitol building as it approaches its 100th anniversary.

 

For more information

 

For more information regarding the Capitol ornament series, please contact the Division of Historic Properties at 502-564-3000, or email paula.weglarz@ky.gov

 

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