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Monroe homeplace slated for consideration as Kentucky State Park

By Kentucky State Legislature
July 13, 2003 - 11:01 am

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A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION directing the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of constructing a state park at the birthplace of Bill Monroe.

WHEREAS, Bill Monroe was born on Pigeon Ridge, Kentucky, in 1911, died in 1996 at the age of 84, has been widely acknowledged as the father of bluegrass, and is the only American composer and performer credited with creating a distinct musical genre; and

WHEREAS, Bill Monroe wrote and performed a wide-ranging repertoire of bluegrass favorites, including the beloved song of the Commonwealth, "Blue Moon of Kentucky," and continues to draw thousands of devoted fans; and

WHEREAS, Bill Monroe's importance is signified by his inclusion in the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Bluegrass Hall of Honor and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame; and in 1993 he was honored with a Grammy award for lifetime achievement; and

WHEREAS, Bill Monroe's birthplace and childhood home on Pigeon Ridge was recently restored and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, and the area surrounding the home is rich with traditional bluegrass music history and natural beauty;

NOW, THEREFORE,
Be it resolved by the Senate of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the House of Representatives concurring therein:

Section 1. The Legislative Research Commission shall conduct a study to determine the feasibility of constructing a state park at the birthplace of Bill Monroe. The study shall incorporate input from interested parties, to include but not be limited to the Tourism Development Cabinet, the Bill Monroe Foundation, and the city of Rosine.

Section 2. The study findings and recommendations shall be reported to the Legislative Research Commission no later than October 1, 2003.

Section 3. Provisions of this resolution to the contrary notwithstanding, the Legislative Research Commission shall have the authority to alternatively assign the issues identified herein to an interim joint committee or subcommittee thereof, and to designate a study completion date.

Legislation introduced for consideration to The Senate of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the House of Representatives.

Source: forwarded to Mandolin Cafe by Kevin Lynch, BMF Board Member. Note from Scott Tichenor: our understanding is that this piece was originally written in March. We are checking additional information to see what's known about this proposed study.

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