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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
State of Connecticut, Sites, Seals and Symbols, <http://www.ct.gov/ctportal/cwp/view.asp?a=885&q=246586> (Accessed 15 December 2009)
|Great Seal||Find out more...||1818|
|Flag||Find out more...||1897|
|Flower||Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)||1907|
|Bird||American Robin (Turdus migratorius)||1943|
|Tree||White Oak (Quercus albus)||1947|
|Animal||Sperm Whale (Physeter Macrocephalus)||1975|
|Mineral||Garnet (Almandine garnet)||1977|
|Song||"Yankee Doodle," composer unknown||1978|
|Ship||USS Nautilus (SSN-571)||1983|
|Hero||Nathan Hale (1755-1776)||1985|
|Shellfish||Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica)||1989|
|Composer||Charles Edward Ives (1874-1954)||1991|
|Folk Dance||Square Dance||1995|
|Heroine||Prudence Crandall (1803-1890)||1995|
|Tartan||Find out more...||1995|
|Insect||Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa)||1997|
|Poet Laureate||John Hollander||2001|
|Cantata||"Nutmeg," by Stanley L. Ralph||2003|
|Flagship and tall ship ambassador||The Freedom Schooner Amistad||2003|
|Fish||American shad (Alosa sapidissima)||2003|
|Polka||"Ballroom Polka," written and composed by Ray Henry Mocarski||2013|
|Song (second)||"Beautiful Connecticut Waltz," composed by Joseph Leggo of Newington||2013|
|Children's state flower||Michaela Petit's four-o'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa)||2015|
The Connecticut Legislature, called the Connecticut General Assembly, offers a Citizen Guide that includes information about the state capitol and tours, directions to the state capitol, a frequency asked questions (FAQ) section, and several documents to help us understand how laws are made in Connecticut.
Sites, Seals and Symbols: from the State of Connecticut website.
Connecticut Facts and Symbols, by Emily McAuliffe. 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 Connecticut 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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