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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
Louisiana State Legislature, Louisiana Revised Statutes, <http://www.legis.state.la.us/> (Accessed February 2, 2010)
|Geat Seal||Find out more...||1902|
|Flag||Find out more...||1912|
|March Song||"Louisiana, My Home Sweet Home," words by Sammie McKenzie and Lou Lavoy, music by Castro Carazo||1952|
|Day||Louisiana Day, April 30th||1954|
|Tree||Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum) commonly known as "Cypress"||1963|
|Bird||Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)||1966|
|Song||"Give Me Louisiana," words and music by Doralice Fontane, arranged by Dr. John Croom||1970|
|Colors||Blue, White and Gold||1972|
|Gemstone||Agate >>> State mineral||1976|
|Insect||Honeybee (Apis mallifera)||1977|
|Song||"You Are My Sunshine," words and music by former Governor Jimmie H. Davis and Charles Mitchell||1977|
|Dog||Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog||1979|
|Fruit||Louisiana Strawberry (Fragaria sp.)||1980
|Pledge of Allegience||Find out more...||1981|
|Reptile||Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis)||1983|
|Doughnut||Beignet (pronounced: ben-yay)||1986|
|Christmas in the Country||Held annually in the town of Elizabeth||1990|
|Environmental Song||"Gifts of the Earth," by Frances LeBeau of East Carroll Parish||1990|
|Musical Instrument||Diatonic Accordion (Cajun accordion)||1990|
|Wildflower||Louisiana Iris (Iris giganticaerulea)||1990|
|Cajun / Creole Heritage||Hoop nets, cast nets, and shrimp trawls||1992|
|Mammal||Black Bear (Ursus americanus)||1992|
|Amphibian||Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea)||1993|
|Freshwater Fish||White Perch, also known as Sac-au-lait and White Crappie (Pomoxis annularis)||1993|
|Judicial Poem||"America, We the People," by Sylvia Davidson Lott Buckley||1995|
|Painting||"Louisiana," by Johnny O. Bell and Johnny F. Bell||1995|
|American Folk Dance||Square Dance||1999|
|Museum of Natural History||Louisiana Museum of Natural History, at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge||1999|
|Senate Poem||"Leadership," by Jean McGivney Boese||1999|
|Saltwater Fish||Spotted Sea Trout or Speckled Trout (Cynoscion nebulosus)||2001|
|Tartan||Find out more...||2001|
|Jellies||Mayhaw Jelly and Louisiana Sugarcane Jelly||2003|
|Meat Pie||Natchitoches Meat Pie||2003|
|Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials||Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials||2003|
|Vegetable Plant||Creole Tomato||2003|
|Gateway to the Atchafalaya Basin||St. Mary Parish||2004|
|Cultural poem||"I Am Louisiana," by Paul Ott||2006|
|Song for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita recovery effort||"Come Back to Louisiana," words and music by Jay Chevalier and Bobby Attwood||2006|
|Troubadour for the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita relief efforts||Jay Chevalier||2006|
|Gateway to Louisiana and America||Plaquemines Parish||2008|
|Gemstone >>> Mineral||Agate||2011|
|Gemstone||Cabochon cut gemstone, derived from Crassostrea virginica mollusk||2011|
|Fruit tree||Mayhew fruit tree||2014|
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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