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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
Maryland State Archives, Maryland at a Glance: State Symbols, <http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/html/symbols/00list.html> (Accessed February 5, 2010)
|Great Seal||Find out more...||1876|
|Flag||Find out more...||1904|
|Flower||Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)||1918|
|Song||"Maryland, My Maryland," words by James Ryder Randall||1939|
|Tree||White oak (Quercus alba)||1941|
|Bird||Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula)||1947|
|Sport||Jousting ( Maryland Jousting Tournament Association )||1962|
|Dog||Chesapeake Bay retriever||1964|
|Fish||Rockfish, also called striped bass (Morone saxatilis)||1965|
|Insect||Baltimore checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas phaeton)||1973|
|Theater||Center Stage, Baltimore ( Website )||1978|
|Summer theater||Olney Theatre, Olney, Montgomery County ( Website )||1978|
|Crustacean||Blue crab (Callinectes sapidus Rathbun)||1989|
|Folk dance||Square dancing||1994|
|Fossil Shell||Ecphora gardnerae gardnerae ( FactSheet 6 from the Maryland Geological Society )||1994|
|Reptile||Diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin)||1994|
|Dinosaur||Astrodon johnstoni ( FactSheet 12 from the Maryland Geological Survey)||1998|
|Gem||Patuxent River stone||2004|
|Dessert||Smith Island cake||2008|
The Maryland State Archives offers a website section called General Assembly that includes information about the Maryland General Assembly (Legislature), including The Legislative Process: How a Bill Becomes Law, to help us understand how laws are made in Maryland.
Maryland at a Glance: State Symbols: from the Maryland State Archives.
Maryland Kids Page: State Symbols: from the office of the Maryland Secretary of State.
Maryland Facts and Symbols, by Muriel L. Dubois. 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 Maryland 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.
Maryland Symbols: Official Emblems of the Great Free State, Elmer M. Jackson, Jr. 200 pages. Publisher: Capital-Gazette Press, Inc. First Edition, January, 1964. Maryland Symbols is composed mainly of tales of the outdoors in which a specie of birds, a breed of dog, and horsemanship and sportsmanship hold the center of the stage along with the motivations that caused Mr. Jackson's State to adopt five other emblems. As frosting on the cake, the reader is offered an exciting, though brief, plunge into Maryland history and acquaintanceship with characters who helped carve out our heritage.
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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