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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services. State of Mississippi Symbols, <http://www.mississippi.gov/symbols.jsp> (Accessed July 24, 2010)
|American folk dance||Square Dance||1995|
|Automobile museum||The Tupelo Auto Museum, Inc.||2003|
|Bird||Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)||1944|
|Butterfly||Spicebush Swallowtail (Pterourus troilus)||1991|
|Fish||Largemouth or Black Bass (Micropterus salmoides)||1974|
|Flag||Find out more...||1894|
|Flower||Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)||1952|
|Fossil||Prehistoric Whale (Basilosaurus cetoides & Zygorhiza kochii)||1981|
|Grand opera house||Grand Opera House of Meridian||1993|
|Great seal||Find out more ...||1798|
|Historical industrial museum||The Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum, Inc.||2004|
|Insect||Honeybee (Apis mellifera)||1980|
|Land mammal||White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)||1974|
|Land mammal||Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)||1997|
|Natural science museum||The Mississippi Game and Fish Commission's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science||1974|
|Reptile||American Alligator (Alligator Mississippiensis)||2005|
|Shell||Oyster Shell (Crassostrea virginica)||1974|
|Soil||Natchez silt loam||2003|
|Song||"Go, Mississippi," words and music by William Houston Davis||1962|
|Tree||Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)||1938|
|Waterfowl||Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)||1974|
|Water mammal||Bottlenose Dolphine (Tursiops truncatus)||1974|
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State of Mississippi Symbols: from the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services.
Mississippi Facts and Symbols, by Karen Bush Gibson. 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 Mississippi 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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