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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
Arkansas General Assembly, Arkansas Code of 1987, <http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/bureau/Publications/Arkansas%20Code/ARCodeMainDoc.pdf> (Accessed 9 December 2009)
|American folk dance||Square Dance||1991|
|Anthem||"Arkansas," words and music by Mrs. Eva Ware Barnett||1987|
|Bird||Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)||1929|
|Butterfly||Diana Fritillary Butterfly (Speyeria diana)||2007|
|Creed||The Arkansas Creed||1972|
|Flag||Find out more...||1913|
|Floral emblem||Apple Blossom (Pyrus malus)||1901|
|Fruit||South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato||1987|
|Grape||Cynthiana grape (Vitis aestivalis)||2009|
|Great seal||Find out more...||1864|
|Historical song||"The Arkansas Traveler," words by the Arkansas State Song Selection Committee (1947) and music by Colonel Sanford (Sandy) Faulkner (about 1850)||1987|
|Historic cooking vessel||Dutch Oven||2001|
|Insect||Honeybee (Apis mellifera)||1973|
|Mammal||White-tail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)||1993|
|Poet Laureate||The Governor is authorized to designate or appoint, by proclamation, a Poet Laureate of the State of Arkansas.||1971|
|Poultry Capital of the World||Springdale||2013|
|Purple Martin Capital of Arkansas, Northwest||Fort Smith||1993|
|Purple Martin Capital of Arkansas, Southeast||Lake Village||1993|
|Soil||Stuttgart Soil Series||1997|
|Song||"Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me)," words and music by Wayland Holyfield
"Oh, Arkansas," words and music by by Terry Rose and Gary Klaf
|Tree||Pine Tree (Genus Pinus L.)||1939|
|Trout Capital of the U.S.A.||Cotter||1993|
|Vegetable||South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato||1987|
|Waltz||"Arkansas Waltz," music by Bill Urfer, words by Bill Urfer and Cletus Jones (By State Senate Resolution No. 24)||1971|
The Arkansas House of Representatives offers How a Bill Becomes Law to help us understand how laws are made in Arkansas.
Arkansas State Symbols: Symbols Document from the Arkansas Secretary of State.
Arkansas Facts and Symbols, by Elaine A. Kule. 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 Arkansas 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..."
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