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Connecticut State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


State of Connecticut, Sites, Seals and Symbols, <http://www.ct.gov/ctportal/cwp/view.asp?a=885&q=246586> (Accessed 15 December 2009)
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.

Aircraft F4U Corsair 2005
Animal Sperm Whale (Physeter Macrocephalus) 1975
Bird American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1943
Cantata "Nutmeg," by Stanley L. Ralph 2003
Children's state flower Michaela Petit's four-o'clocks (Mirabilis jalapa) 2015
Composer Charles Edward Ives (1874-1954) 1991
Fish American shad (Alosa sapidissima) 2003
Flag Find out more... 1897
Flagship and tall ship ambassador The Freedom Schooner Amistad 2003
Flower Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) 1907
Folk Dance Square Dance 1995
Fossil Eubrontes giganteus 1991
Great Seal Find out more... 1818
Hero Nathan Hale (1755-1776) 1985
Heroine Prudence Crandall (1803-1890) 1995
Insect Praying Mantis (Mantis religiosa) 1997
Mineral Garnet (Almandine garnet) 1977
Poet Laureate John Hollander 2001
Polka "Ballroom Polka," written and composed by Ray Henry Mocarski 2013
Shellfish Eastern Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) 1989
Ship USS Nautilus (SSN-571) 1983
Song "Yankee Doodle," composer unknown 1978
Song (second) "Beautiful Connecticut Waltz," composed by Joseph Leggo of Newington 2013
Tartan Find out more... 1995
Tree White Oak (Quercus albus) 1947

Making laws in Connecticut

The Connecticut Legislature, called the Connecticut General Assembly, offers a Citizen Guide that includes information about the state capitol and tours, directions to the state capitol, a frequency asked questions (FAQ) section, and several documents to help us understand how laws are made in Connecticut.

Additional Information

Sites, Seals and Symbols: from the State of Connecticut website.

Connecticut Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

Connecticut 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 Connecticut 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
State Names, Seals
Flags and Symbols

Benjamin F. Shearer
Barbara S. Shearer

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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