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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
Louisiana State Legislature, Louisiana Revised Statutes, <http://www.legis.state.la.us/> (Accessed February 2, 2010)
|American Folk Dance||Square Dance||1999|
|Amphibian||Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea)||1993|
|Bird||Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)||1966|
|Cajun / Creole Heritage||Hoop nets, cast nets, and shrimp trawls||1992|
|Christmas in the Country||Held annually in the town of Elizabeth||1990|
|Colors||Blue, White and Gold||1972|
|Cultural poem||"I Am Louisiana," by Paul Ott||2006|
|Day||Louisiana Day, April 30th||1954|
|Dog||Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog||1979|
|Doughnut||Beignet (pronounced: ben-yay)||1986|
|Environmental Song||"Gifts of the Earth," by Frances LeBeau of East Carroll Parish||1990|
|Flag||Find out more...||1912|
|Freshwater Fish||White Perch, also known as Sac-au-lait and White Crappie (Pomoxis annularis)||1993|
|Fruit||Louisiana Strawberry (Fragaria sp.)||1980
|Fruit tree||Mayhew fruit tree||2014|
|Gateway to the Atchafalaya Basin||St. Mary Parish||2004|
|Gateway to Louisiana and America||Plaquemines Parish||2008|
|Gemstone||Agate>>>>> State mineral
Cabochon cut gemstone, derived from Crassostrea virginica mollusk
|Geat Seal||Find out more...||1902|
|Insect||Honeybee (Apis mallifera)||1977|
|Jellies||Mayhaw Jelly and Louisiana Sugarcane Jelly||2003|
|Judicial Poem||"America, We the People," by Sylvia Davidson Lott Buckley||1995|
|Mammal||Black Bear (Ursus americanus)||1992|
|March Song||"Louisiana, My Home Sweet Home," words by Sammie McKenzie and Lou Lavoy, music by Castro Carazo||1952|
|Meat Pie||Natchitoches Meat Pie||2003|
|Museum of Natural History||Louisiana Museum of Natural History, at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge||1999|
|Musical Instrument||Diatonic Accordion (Cajun accordion)||1990|
|Painting||"Louisiana," by Johnny O. Bell and Johnny F. Bell||1995|
|Pledge of Allegience||Find out more...||1981|
|Reptile||Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)||1983|
|Saltwater Fish||Spotted Sea Trout or Speckled Trout (Cynoscion nebulosus)||2001|
|Senate Poem||"Leadership," by Jean McGivney Boese||1999|
|Song||"Give Me Louisiana," words and music by Doralice Fontane, arranged by Dr. John Croom||1970|
|Song||"You Are My Sunshine," words and music by former Governor Jimmie H. Davis and Charles Mitchell||1977|
|Song for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery effort||"Come Back to Louisiana," words and music by Jay Chevalier and Bobby Attwood||2006|
|Tartan||Find out more...||2001|
|Tree||Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) commonly known as "Cypress"||1963|
|Troubadour for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita relief efforts||Jay Chevalier||2006|
|Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials||Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials||2003|
|Vegetable Plant||Creole Tomato||2003|
|Wildflower||Louisiana Iris (Iris giganticaerulea)||1990|
The Louisiana legislature, offers a comprehensive section on their website called About the Louisiana Legislature to answer your questions about the legislature. Sections include The Institution, Officers of the Legislature, Laws, Rules, and Governing Bodies, Legislative Terms, and How a Bill Becomes Law.
Louisiana Facts: from the office of the Louisiana Secretary of State.
Louisiana 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 Louisiana 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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