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Designation Symbol / Emblem AdoptedList a-z


Florida Department of State, Florida Kids: State Symbols, <http://www.flheritage.com/kids/symbols.cfm> (Accessed 17 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.

Great seal Find out more... 1868
Flag Find out more... 1900
Flower Orange Blossom (Citrus sinensis) 1909
Bird Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1927
Tree Sabal Palmetto Palm (Sabal palmetto) 1953
Beverage Orange Juice 1967
Shell Horse Conch (Pleuroploca gigantea) 1969
Gem Moonstone 1970
Play Cross and Sword by Paul Green 1973
Freshwater fish Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides floridanus) 1975
Marine mammal Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) 1975
Saltwater fish Atlantic Sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) 1975
Saltwater mammal Porpoise (Tursiops truncates) 1975
Air fair Central Florida Air Fair 1976
Litter control symbol Keep Florida Beautiful, Incorporated, service mark 1978
Pageant Indian River Pageant, a Florida historical pageant presented annually by the citizens of Brevard County 1979
Stone Agatized Coral 1979
Festival Calle Ocho Open House 1980
Animal Florida Panther (Puma concolor coryi) 1982
Opera program The Greater Miami Opera Association; the Orlando Opera Company, Incorporated; and the Florida State University School of Music (Closed its doors in 2009) 1983
Railroad museums The Orange Blossom Special Railroad Museum, West Palm Beach;
The Gold Coast Railroad Museum, Inc. and the Gold Coast Railroad, Inc.;
The Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum, Inc., Tampa.
Transportation museum The Florida Museum of Transportation and History, Fernandina Beach 1985
American folk dance Square dance 1986
Reptile American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) 1987
Fiddle contest Florida State Fiddlers' Association in cooperation with the Department of State at the Stephen Foster State Folk Culture Center, White Springs. 1989
Soil Myakka Fine Sand (sandy, siliceous, hyperthermic Aeric Haplaquods) 1989
Moving image center and archive The Louis Wolfson II Media History Center, Inc., Miami 1989
Band The St. Johns River City Band 1990
Wildflower Coreopsis spp. L. (Tickseed) 1991
Renaissance festival Italian Renaissance Festival, Vizcaya presented by Renaissance Historical Society of Florida, Inc. 1994
Rodeo Silver Spurs Rodeo (Osceola County) 1994
Butterfly Zebra Longwing (Heliconius charitonius) 1996
Sports hall of fame The Florida Sports Hall of Fame, Lake City, Columbia County 1999
Citrus archive The Florida Citrus Archives, dedicated to Thomas B. Mack and located at Florida Southern College in Lakeland. 2001
Fruit Orange (Citrus sinensis) 2005
Maritime museum Admiral John H. Fetterman State of Florida Maritime Museum and Research Center Was to be built, but this looks like it's not going to happen. Project no longer viable for the University of West Florida. As of ground has not been broken. Designation set to expire July 1, 2015. 2006
Pie Key Lime Pie 2006
Anthem "Florida (Where the Sawgrass Meets the Road)," words and music by Jan Hinton 2008
Heritage horse Florida Cracker Horse or Marshtackie (Expires July 1, 2018 unless renewed) 2008
Saltwater reptile Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) Expires July 1, 2018 unless renewed) 2008
Song "Florida, My Florida," by Rev. Dr. C. V. Waugh.
"The S’wanee River (Old Folks at Home)," by Stephen C. Foster.
"Old Folks at Home," originally by Stephen C. Foster but now with revised lyrics.
Tortoise Gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) 2008
Honey Tupelo honey 2016

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Additional Information

Florida Kids: State Symbols: from the Florida Department of State.

Florida Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

Florida 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 Florida 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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