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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
|Flag||Find out more||1909|
|Flower||Purple lilac (Syringa vulgaris)||1919|
|Great Seal||Find out more||1931|
|Emblem||Design featureing the Old Man of the Mountain||1945|
|Tree||White birch (Betula papyrifera)||1947|
|Songs||"Old New Hampshire," words by Dr. John F. Holmes and music by Maurice Hoffmann||1949|
|Bird||Purple finch (Carpodacus purpureus)||1957|
|Song||"New Hampshire, My New Hampshire," words by Julius Richelson and music by Walter P. Smith||1963|
|Song||"New Hampshire Hills," words by Paul Scott Maurer and music by Tom Powers||1973|
|Insect||Ladybug (Coccinella novemnotata)||1977|
|Songs||"Autumn in New Hampshire," composed by Leo Austin||1977|
|"New Hampshire's Granite State," composed by Annie B. Currier||1977|
|"Oh, New Hampshire (You're My Home)," composed by Brownie McIntosh||1977|
|"The Old Man of the Mountain," composed by Paul Belanger||1977|
|"The New Hampshire State March," composed by Rene Richards||1977|
|Animal||White tail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)||1983|
|Song||"New Hampshire Naturally," composed by Rick Shaw & Ron Shaw||1983|
|Amphibian||Spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)||1985|
|Wildflower||Pink lady's slipper (Cypripedium acaule)||1991|
|Butterfly||Karner blue (Lycaeides melissa samuelis)||1992|
|Freshwater fish||Brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)||1994|
|Saltwater Game Fish||Striped bass (Roccus saxatilis)||1994|
|Tartan||Find out more||1995|
|New Hampshire Native||Find out more||2002|
|Fruit||Pumpkin (Cucurbita mixta)||2006|
|Song||"Live Free or Die," composed by Barry Palmer||2007|
|Vegetable||White potato (Solanum tuberosum)||2013|
|Wildcat||Bobcat (Lynx rufus)||2015|
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Shankle, George Earlie. State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols. Irvine, Calif.: Reprint Services Corp, Revised edition, 1971.
Shearer, Benjamin F. and Barbara S. State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide Third Edition, Revised and Expanded. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 3 Sub edition, 2001.
New Hampshire Facts and Symbols, by Muriel L. Dubois. 24 pages. Social Studies Collections; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Ages 4-8. Easy-to-read text covers major state 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..
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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