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Georgia State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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Georgia Secretary of State, Georgia State Symbols, <http://sos.georgia.gov/archives/state_symbols/state_symbols.html> (Accessed 18 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.

Adoptable dog Dog 2016
'Possum Pogo 'Possum, created by Walt Kelly 1992
Amphibian Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea) 2005
Art museum Georgia Museum of Art 1982
Atlas "The Atlas of Georgia" 1985
Ballet company Atlanta Ballet 1973
Beef barbeque championship cookoff The Hawkinsville Civitan Club's "Shoot the Bull" Barbecue Championship 1997
Bird Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) 1970
Butterfly Tiger Swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) 1988
Center for character education Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum 2003
Cold water game fish Southern Appalachian brook trout 2006
Crop Peanut 1995
First Mural City City of Colquitt 2006
Fish Largmouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides) 1970
Flag Find out more... 2003
Floral emblem Cherokee Rose (Rosa laevigata) 1916
Folk dance Square Dance 1996
Folk festival Georgia Folk Festival 1992
Folk life play "Swamp Gravy" ( Website) 1994
Fossil Shark Tooth 1976
Frontier and Southeastern Indian interpretive center The Funk Heritage/Bennett Center at Reinhardt College, Waleska 2003
Fruit Peach (Prunus persica) 1995
Game bird Bobwhite Quail (Toxostoma rufum) 1970
Georgian's creed Georgian's Creed 1939
Gem Quartz 1976
Great seal Find out more... 1914
Historic drama "The Reach of Song," presented on the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds near Hiawassee 1990
Historic house Old Governor's Mantsion at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville 2016
Historical civil rights museum The Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, Savannah 2009
Insect Honeybee (Apis mellifera) 1975
Language English 1996
Mammal White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 2015
Marine mammal Right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) 1985
Mineral Staurolite 1976
Musical theatre Jekyll Island Musical Theatre Festival 1993
Peanut monument Turner County, west side of Interstate Highway 75 within the limits of the City of Ashburn [ RoadSideAmerica.com ] 1998
Pork barbeque championship cookoff Dooly County Chamber of Commerce's Slosheye Trail Big Pig Jig 1997
Poultry Capital of the World State of Georgia 1995
Prepared food Grits 2002
Railroad museum The Central of Georgia Railroad Shops Complex, Savannah 1996
Reptile Gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) 1989
Salt-water fish Red drum 2006
School Plains High School 1997
Seashell Knobbed whelk 1987
Song "Georgia on My Mind," words by Stuart Gorrell and music by Hoagy Carmichael 1979
Tartan Georgia Tartan 1997
Theater The Springer Opera House, Columbus [ Website ] 1992
Transportation history museum Southeastern Railway Museum, Duluth [ Website ] 2000
Tree Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) 1937
Vegetable Vidalia Sweet Onion 1990
Waltz "Our Georgia," words and music by James Burch 1951
Wild flower Azalea (Rhododendron spp.)
Native azalea (Rhododendron spp.)

Making laws in Georgia

The Georgia Legislature, comprised of the Senate and the House of Representatives, is called the Georgia General Assembly. The Georgia State Sentate provides Tracking a Bill Through the General Assembly, a brief one-page document, to help us understand how laws are made in Georgia. The House of Representatives provides a Glossary of legislative terms that might be useful.

Additional Information

Georgia State Symbols: from the Office of the Georgia Secretary of State.

Georgia State Symbols: from the Digital Library of Georgia: University of Georgia.

Georgia Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

Georgia 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 Georgia 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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