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Secretary of State Trey Grayson Announces Kentucky Land Office Website will Include Additional Historical Resources Thanks to Noted Kentucky Historians
Press Release Date:  May 24, 2005
Contact:  Les Fugate, Director of Communications    
Office of the Secretary of State   
(502) 564-3490

(FRANKFORT, KY) – Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that the new Kentucky Land Office website will include additional historical resources thanks to noted Kentucky historians and authors.   The site, which recently went through an entire re-design, includes articles, maps, and databases from notables such as Ron Bryant, Neal Hammon, and Bud Salyer.


“By bringing casual historians to the Land Office website to read these columns or utilize these resources, we may inspire our visitors to access the other information we have available regarding the history of our Commonwealth”, said Secretary of State Grayson, a fifth generation Kentuckian and lifelong resident of the Northern Kentucky area. “Kentucky History is the history of her people and her land. Not only does family research preserve history and traditions, but it also sows the seeds of pride in the development and future of the Commonwealth.”


The site includes a monthly column by popular historian and lecturer, Ron Bryant. Fittingly, Bryant wrote an article entitle “Uniqueness of Kentucky” for the inaugural launch of the site. This month Mr. Bryant writes, “In Kentucky the accents of Virginia, the Carolinas, Maryland, and Pennsylvania can still be heard. The descendents of the early settlers brought with them not only their accents, but also their cultures. These cultures combined to form the unique culture that is Kentucky.”  (Readers can access the article in its entirety by visiting the Ron Bryant Collection on the Land Office website at


When asked to contribute his writing to the Land Office website, Mr. Bryant said: “Historians are pleased to share their knowledge of history. As a student of history and as an historian, I take particular delight in sharing Kentucky history with those who are interested. I am very pleased to be able to offer some historical anecdotes under the auspices of one of the Commonwealth’s most venerable offices—the Secretary of State.”


“I appreciate these gentleman sharing their insight and resources with visitors to our office.  They add yet another gem to the historical treasurer we have — the Kentucky Land Office website.”


Mr. Bryant, a ninth generation Kentuckian, was born in Monroe County. He taught at Western Kentucky University and was Dean of Academic Affairs at Bowling Green Junior College. He has taught American and European history in the University of Kentucky system since 1988; he is currently on the teaching staff at Lexington Community College.


For the past 33 years, Mr. Bryant has been making presentations and writing about American and Kentucky History. His repertoire—ranging from the Puritans to the history of Kentucky’s flags and state seal—includes over 200 topics. His highly entertaining and equally informative programs are in demand throughout the Commonwealth.


The website was built by the Office of the Secretary of State in partnership with, which also built and maintains the Commonwealth’s official website at


The Office of the Secretary of State is entrusted with filing, maintaining and preserving the important documents and records of the Commonwealth and her people.  Access to documents not found online is available at the State Capitol Building in Frankfort, KY.


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About is the official website of the Commonwealth of Kentucky ( It is a collaborative effort between the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Kentucky Interactive, LLC,  a company that helps Kentucky government entities web-enable their information services. was built and is marketed, operated, and maintained by Kentucky Interactive, LLC, a Frankfort-based subsidiary of eGovernment firm NIC (Nasdaq:EGOV).


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Last updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2005