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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, State Symbols <http://sled.alaska.edu/akfaq/aksymb.html> (Accessed 9 December 2009)
|Great Seal||Find out more...||1912|
|Flower||Wild native Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis alpestris)||1917|
|Floral Emblem||Wild native Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis alpestris)||1917|
|Flag||Find out more...||1927|
|Bird||Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus alascensis Swarth)||1955|
|Song||"Alaska's Flag," words by Marie Drake, music by Elinor Dusenbury||1955|
|Fish||King Salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)||1962|
|Tree||Sitka Spruce (Picea sitchensis)||1962|
|Marine Mammal||Bowhead Whale (Balaena mysticetus)||1983|
|Fossil||Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius)||1986|
|Insect||Four Spot Skimmer Dragonfly (Libellula quadrimaculata) [ More ]||1995|
|Land Mammal||Moose (Alces alces)||1998|
The Alaska legislature offers several options to help us understand how laws are made in the state. There are a couple of documents, the Legislative Process in Alaska and the brief Steps in the Passage of a Bill. They also offer a Powerpoint presentation, Legislative Process Presentation, and a 19 minute streaming video, Classic 1970's Legislative Process Video.
State Symbols: FAQ ALASKA - Frequently Asked Questions About Alaska from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Eight Stars of Gold: The Story of Alaska's Flag: The Alaska flag story from the Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums, and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
Alaska Facts and Symbols, by Muriel L. Dubois. 24 pages. Publisher: Capstone Press; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Grades 3-4. Interest level: Grades 3-9. Perfect for report writing! Easy-to-read text covers major Alaska symbols such as the state flag, seal, bird, tree, flower, animal, and more. A "Fast Facts" section highlights the state's capital city, largest city, physical size, population, natural resources, farm products, and primary manufactured goods. Also included are full-page maps that introduce the concept of the map key, which is great for teaching map-reading skills.
State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols, by Benjamin F. Shearer, Barbara S. Shearer. 544 pages. Greenwood Press; 3 Sub edition (October 30, 2001) This is one of the best, and most comprehensive, books we could find about the official state names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, and miscellaneous designations of each state. This, coupled with the 1938 Shankle book, formed the basis of our symbol library. If you're serious about your states symbols, you'll want to have this book and the one below. This book also contains information about state holidays, license plates, sports teams, universities and other trivia.
State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols, by George Earlie Shankle. 522 pages. Reprint Services Corp; Revised edition (June 1971) Reprint of the 1938 revised edition. The first comprehensive book about our state symbols! From the preface: "This book grew out of the desire of its author to know, about his native state, a great many facts which he found exceedingly difficult to obtain. After three years of research in the Library of Congress, he is able to give to the public this storehouse of information, which could have been gathered from not library less fertile in source material..."
Visit the Alaska State Book Store for additional Alaska related books, including Alaska Reference Books, History, Biographies and Cookbooks.