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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
Secretary of the Commonwealth: Citizen Information Service, Massachusetts Facts, <www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cismaf/mf1a.htm> (Accessed May 5, 2010)
|Great Seal||Find out more...||1780|
|Flower or Flower Emblem||Mayflower (Epigaea repens)||1918|
|Bird or Bird Emblem||Chickadee (Penthestes atricapillus)||1941|
|Tree||American Elm (Ulmus americana)||1941|
|Horse or Horse Emblem||Morgan Horse (Equus cabullus morganensis)||1970|
|Flag||Find our more...||1971|
|Mineral or Mineral Emblem||Babingtonite||1971|
|Fish or Fish Emblem||Cod (Gadus morrhua)||1974|
|Insect or Insect Emblem||Lady Bug||1974|
|Dog or Dog Emblem||Boston Terrier (Canis familiaris bostenensis)||1979|
|Gem or Gem Emblem||Rhodonite||1979|
|Fossil or Fossil Emblem||Dinosaur Tracks||1980|
|Marine Mammal or Marine Mammal Emblem||Righe Whale (Eubabalena glacialis)||1980|
|Folk Song||"Massachusetts," words and music by Arlo Guthrie||1981|
|Poem||"Blue Hills of Massachusetts," composed by Katherine E. Mullen||1981|
|Song||"All Hail to Massachusetts." words and music by Arthur J. Marsh||1981|
|Building & Monument Stone||Granite||1983|
|Explorer Rock||Dighton Rock||1983|
|Historical Rock||Plymouth Rock||1983|
|Rock or Rock Emblem||Roxbury Puddingstone (Roxbury Conglomerate)||1983|
|Ceremonial March||"The Road to Boston," composer unknown||1985|
|Shell||New England Neptune (Neptuna lyrata decemcostata)||1987|
|Cat||Tabby Cat (Felis familiaris)||1988|
|Patriotic Song||"Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land is Free)," words and music by Bernard Davidson||1989|
|Folk Dance||Square Dance||1990|
|Soil||Paxton Soil Series||1990|
|Game Bird and Game Bird Emblem||Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)||1991|
|Bean or Bean Emblem||Baked Navy Bean||1993|
|Berry||Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon)||1994|
|Dessert or Dessert Emblem||Boston Cream Pie||1996|
|Folk Hero||Johnny Appleseed, born John Chapman in 1774||1996|
|Cookie||Chocolate Chip Cookie||1997|
|Glee Club Song||"The Great State of Massachusetts," words by George A. Wells, music by J. Earl Bley||1997|
|Polka||"Say Hello to Someone in Massachusetts," by Lenny Gomulka||1998|
|Ode||"Ode to the Commonwealth," words and music by Joseph Falzone||2000|
|Children's Author and Illustrator||Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss||2003|
|Children's Book||Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey||2003|
|District Tartan||Bay State Tartan (ITI number: 4543)||2003|
|Donut||Boston Cream Donut||2003|
|Colors||Blue, green, and cranberry||2005|
|Blues Artist||Henry St. Clair Fredericks, better known as Taj Mahal||2006|
|Reptile||Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)||2007|
|Glacial Rock||Rolling Rock in Fall River||2008|
|Recreational and team sport||Volleyball||2014|
The Massachusetts Legislature, called the Massachusetts General Court, offers Lawmaking in Massachusetts and Legislative History in Massachusetts to help us understand how laws are made in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Facts: Information about state symbols and emblems and much more from the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Citizen Information Service.
State Symbols: Information about Massachusetts State Symbols from the Massachusetts Studies Project.
Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts 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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