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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
North Carolina General Assembly. North Carolina General Statutes <http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/gascripts/statutes/Statutes.asp> Accessed January 23, 2011.
|Flag||Find out more...||1885|
|Great seal||Find out more...||1893|
|Song||"The Old North State," words by William Gaston, music by Mrs. E. E. Randolph||1927|
|Flower||Dogwood (Genus Cornus)||1941|
|Bird||Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)||1943|
|Colors||Red and blue||1945|
|Toast||"A Toast" to North Carolina||1957|
|Tree||Pine (Genus Pinus)||1963|
|Shell||Scotch bonnet (pronounced bonay) (Semicassis granulata)||1965|
|Mammal||Grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)||1969|
|Saltwater fish||Channel bass or Red drum(Sciaenops ocellatus)||1971|
|Insect||Honeybee (Apis millifera)||1973|
|Reptile and emblem||Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina)||1979|
|Historical boat||Shad boat||1987|
|Dog||Plott hound (Canis lupus familiaris)||1989|
|Military academy||Oak Ridge Military Academy, Oak Ridge||1991|
|Tartan||Find out more...||1991|
|Northeastern watermelon festival||Hertford County Watermelon Festival, Murfreesboro||1993|
|Southeastern watermelon festival||Fair Bluff Watermelon Festival, Columbus County||1993|
|Vegetable||Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas)||1995|
|Blue berry||Blueberry (Genus Vaccinium)||2001|
|Fruit||Scuppernong grape (Genus SYMBSCI)||2001|
|Red berry||Strawberry (Genus Fragaria)||2001|
|International festival||Folkmoot USA||2003|
|Wildflower||Carolina lily (Lilium michauxii)||2003|
|Carnivorous plant||Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula)||2005|
|Christmas tree||Fraser fir (Abies fraseri)||2005|
|Freshwater trout||Southern Appalachian strain of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)||2005|
|Collard festival||Ayden Collard Festival||2007|
|Community theater||The Thalian Association, Wilmington||2007|
|Food Festival of the Piedmont Triad Region of the State of North Carolina||Lexington Barbecue Festival||2007|
|Salute to flag||Find out more...||2007|
|Irish potato festival||Albemarle Potato Festival, Elizabeth City||2009|
|Horse||Colonial Spanish mustang (Equus ferus caballus)||2010|
|Herring festival||Herring Festival held in the Town of Jamesville||2011|
|Shad festival||Grifton Shad Festival||2011|
|Shrimp festival||Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival||2011|
|Sport||Stock car racing||2011|
|Butterfly||Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)||2012|
|Fossil||Fossilized teeth of the megalodon shark||2013|
|Frog||Pine barrens tree frog (Hyla andersonii)||2013|
|Salamander||Marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum)||2013|
|Marsupial||Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana)||2013|
|Folk art||Whirligigs created by Vollis Simpson||2013|
|Blue Monday shad fry||Blue Monday Shad Fry, East Acadia||2013|
|Peanut festival||Dublin Peanut Festival||2013|
|Veterans Day parade||Veterans Day Parade held in the Town of Warsaw||2016|
The North Carolina legislature, called the North Carolina General Assembly, offers Structure of the North Carolina General Assembly, an overview of the General Assembly, and How a Law is Made to help us understand how laws are made in North Carolina.
State Symbols | NCpedia: The NCpedia project is coordinated and managed by the Government and Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina, part of the NC Department of Cultural Resources.
North Carolina State Symbols: Information about state symbols posted by the North Carolina Secretary of State.
North Carolina Facts and Symbols, by Shelley Swanson Sateren. 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 North Carolina 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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