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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
The State of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations. State of Rhode Island General Laws. Providence: The State of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations, 2011. Web. 10 May 2011. <http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/>.
|Great seal||Find out more...||1875|
|Flag||Find out more...||1897|
|March||"Rhode Island," words and music by T. Clark Brown - Adopted as state song.
Replaced by "Rhode Island's It For Me" and named state march.
|Bird||Rhode Island red (Gallus gallus domesticus)||1954|
|Tree||Red maple (Acer rubrum) Virginia Tech Athenic Systems||1964|
|Flower||Violet (Viola sororia)||1968
|American Folk Art||The Charles I.D. Looff carousel, also known as the Crescent Park carousel.||1985|
|Shell||Quahaug (Mercenaria mercenaria)||1987|
|Fruit||Rhode Island greening apple (Malus Mill.)||1991|
|Flagship & tall ship ambassador||Replica of the continental sailing vessel known as "Providence"||1992|
|Song||"Rhode Island's It For Me," lyrics by Charlie Hall, music by Maria Day, arranged by Kathryn Chester. Replaced "Rhode Island" as state song.||1996|
|Fish||Striped bass (Morone saxatilis)||2000|
|Tartan||Find out more...||2000|
|Sailing educational vessel||SSV Oliver Hazard Perry||2012|
|insect||American burying beetle||2015|
|Marine mammal||Harbor seal||2016|
Facts & History: Official website of Rhode Island government.
Rhode Island State Symbols: Official website of the Rhode Island Tourism Division.
Rhode Island State Symbols: Rhode Island Roads: The online magazine of travel, life, dining, and entertainment for people who love Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Facts and Symbols, by Kathy Feeney. 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 Rhode Island 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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