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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
Missouri Secretary of State. State Symbols of Missouri, <http://www.sos.mo.gov/symbols/> (Accessed July 25, 2010).
|Great seal||Find out more...||1822|
|Flag||Find out more...||1913|
|Day||Missouri Day, 3rd Wednesday in October||1915|
|Floral emblem||Hawthorn blossom (Crataegus)||1923|
|Bird||Bluebird (Sialia sialis)||1927|
|Song||"Missouri Waltz," arranged by Frederick Knight Logan from a melody by John Valentine Eppel, with lyrics by J. R. Shannon||1949|
|Arboreal emblem||Flowering dogwood (Cornus Florida L.)||1955|
|Insect||Honeyee (Apis mellifera)||1985|
|Fossil||Fossilized remains of Crinoidea (Delocrinus missouriensis)||1989|
|Tree nut||Nut of the Eastern black walnut tree (Juglans nigra)||1990|
|American folk dance||Square dance||1995|
|Aquatic animal||Paddlefish or Spoonbill (Polyodon spathula)||1997|
|Fish||Channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)||1997|
|Horse||Missouri fox trotting horse [ More ]||2002|
|Grape||Norton/Cynthiana grape (Vitis aestivalis)||2003|
|Amphibian||North American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)||2005|
|Game bird||Bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus)||2007|
|Grass||Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)||2007|
|Invertebrate||Crayfish, also called crawfish and crawdad (SYMBSCI)||2007|
|Reptile||Three-toed box turtle (Terrapene carolina triunguis)||2007|
|Dessert||Ice cream cone||2008|
The House of Representatives, at the Missouri General Assembly, offers The Legislative Process to help us understand how laws are made in Missouri. This section provides The Legislative Process in Missouri, the graphic How a Bill Becomes Law, and a Glossary of Legislative Terminology.
Missouri State Symbols: Missouri Office of the Secretary of State.
Missouri 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 Missouri 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.
Catfish, Fiddles, Mules, and More: Missouri's State Symbols, by John C. Fisher. 128 pages. Publisher: University of Missouri; 1 edition (November 14, 2003) Each state has its own representative symbols--ranging from seals, flags, and buildings to rocks, minerals, plants, and animals--but how did they come to be chosen? In Catfish, Fiddles, Mules, and More, John C. Fisher provides an answer to that question for Missourians with a handy reference on the various official symbols of the state. Fisher explores each of the symbols adopted by the legislature as well as the state nickname and the legislative process in Missouri. A chapter is devoted to each symbol, providing information about when it was adopted, why it came to be considered as a state symbol, and how it relates to and is representative of the state.
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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