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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
State of Oregon. Oregon Revised Statutes - 2009 Edition. Salem: State of Oregon, 2011. Web. 9 Apr 2011. <http://www.leg.state.or.us/>.
|Great seal||Find out more...||1859|
|Flower||Oregon grape (Berberis aquifolium)||1899|
|Flag||Find out more...||1925|
|Bird||Western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta)||1927|
|Song||"Oregon, My Oregon," by J.A. Buchanan and Henry B. Murtagh||1927|
|Tree||Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)||1939|
|Father of Oregon||Dr. John McLoughlin||1957|
|Colors||Navy blue and gold||1959|
|Fish||Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)||1961|
|Animal||Beaver (Castor canadensis)||1969|
|Insect||Oregon Swallowtail (Papilio oregonius)||1979|
|Mother of Oregon||Tabitha Moffatt Brown||1987|
|Statehood pageant||The Champoeg Historical Pageant, St. Paul
(1988 Champoeg Historical Pageant on YouTube)
(Champoeg State Heritage Area)
|Shell||Oregon triton (Fusitriton oregonensis)||1989|
|Team||Portland Trail Blazers||1991|
|Mushroom||Pacific golden chanterelle (Cantharellus formosus)||1999|
|Fruit||Pear (Pyrus communis)||2005|
|Crustacean||Dungeness crab (Metacarcinus magister)||2009|
|Chainsaw carving capital||Reedsport||2011|
|Outdoor pageant and wild west show||Happy Canyon Indian Pageant and Wild West Show||2011|
The Oregon State Legislature offers Oregon Legislative Kids Page to help us understand how laws are made in Oregon. Included are an Oregon State Government Overview, an Oregon State Capitol Tour, a Children's Glossary, and How an Idea Becomes a Law, plus other facts and trivia.
Broader, and more detailed, information is available in the Citizen's Guide to the Oregon Legislative Process.
Oregon Blue Book: State Symbols: Oregon Blue Book from the office of the Oregon Secretary of State.
Oregon 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 Oregon 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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