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|Designation||Symbol / Emblem||Adopted|
State of South Carolina. South Carolina Code of Laws. Columbia: State of South Carolina, 2011. Web. 1 Jun 2011. <http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/statmast.htm>.
|Flag||Find out more...||1776|
|Great seal||Find out more...||1776|
|Song||"Carolina," words by Henry Timrod, music by Anne Custis Burgess||1911|
|Flower||Yellow jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens)||1924|
|Poet laureate||Find out more...||1934|
|Tree||Palmetto tree, commonly known as the cabbage palmetto (Sabal palmetto)||1939|
|Bird||Carolina wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus)||1948|
|Pledge to state flag||Find out more...||1966|
|Animal||White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)||1972|
|Fish||Striped bass (Morone saxatilis)||1972|
|Wild game bird||Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)||1976|
|Fruit||Peach (Prunus persica)||1984|
|Shell||Lettered olive (Oliva sayana)||1984|
|Song||"South Carolina on My Mind," by Hank Martin and Buzz Arledge||1984|
|Dog||Boykin spaniel (Canis lupus familiaris)||1985|
|Insect||Carolina mantid or praying mantis (Stagmomantis carolina Johnson)||1988|
|Reptile||Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta)||1988|
|Botanical garden||The botanical garden of Clemson University||1992|
|American folk dance||Square dance||1994|
|Butterfly||Tiger swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus)||1994|
|Railroad museum||South Carolina Railroad Museum, Winnsboro, Fairfield County||1997|
|Amphibian||Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)||1999|
|Folk art and crafts center||South Carolina Artisans Center, Walterboro||2000|
|Spider||Carolina wolf spider (Hogna carolinensis)||2000|
|Tapestry||"From the Mountains to the Sea"||2000|
|Waltz||The Richardson Waltz," arranged by Mary S. Richardson Briggs||2000|
|Grass||Indian grass (Sorghastrum nutans)||2001|
|Hall of fame||South Carolina Hall of Fame, Myrtle Beach Convention Center||2001|
|Military academy||Camden Military Academy, Camden||2001|
|Opera||Porgy and Bess||2001|
|Popular music||Beach music||2001|
|Rural drama center||Abbeville Opera House, Abbeville||2001|
|Tartan||Find out more...||2002|
|Wildflower||Goldenrod (Solidago altissima)||2003|
|Tobacco museum||South Carolina Tobacco Museum, Mullins||2004|
|Lowcountry handcraft||Sweet grass basket||2006|
|Snack food||Boiled peanuts||2006|
|Duck||Wood duck (Aix sponsa)||2009|
|Home of the beach music hall of fame||Coastal Carolina University||2009|
|Marine mammal||Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)||2009|
|Migratory marine mammal||Northern right whale (Eubalaena glacialis)||2009|
|Heritage horse||Marsh tacky (Equus caballus)||2010|
|Heritage work animal||Mule (Equus asinus x Equus caballus)||2010|
|Pecan festival||South Carolina Pecan Festival in Florence County||2011|
|Vegetable||Collard greens (Brassica oleracea)||2011|
The South Carolina legislature, called the South Carolina General Assembly, offers the "Student Connection," full of interesting information in sections called What goes on here?, Explore the state house, Cool stuff, Give me a hand, and What's happening?. To help understand how laws are made in South Carolina, one can review What Does the Legislature Do?; List of Memebers; and Could My Idea Become Law?.
State Symbols & Emblems : A very nice compilation from the South Carolina General Assembly.
South Carolina Facts and Symbols, by Bill 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 South 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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