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Indiana State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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Designation Symbol / Emblem AdoptedList a-z


The State of Indiana. Indiana General Assembly. Bills & Resolutions. Indianapolis: The State of Indiana, 2012. Web.
Indiana Historical Bureau, Emblems & Symbols, <http://www.in.gov/history/emblems.htm> (Accessed January 26, 2010)
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.

Song "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away," words and music by Paul Dresser 1913
Flag Find out more... 1917
Tree Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) 1931
Bird Cardinal (Richmondena Cardinalis Cardinalis) 1933
Flower Peony (Paeonia) 1957
Great Seal Find out more... 1963
Poem "Indiana," by Arthur Franklin Mapes 1963
Stone Salem limestone 1971
Language English 1984
River The Wabash River 1996
Beverage Water by Senate Resolution No. 20 2007
Pie Sugar cream pie by Senate Resolution No. 5 2009
Rifle Grouseland rifle 2012
Aircraft Republic Aviation P-47 Thunderbolt 2015

Making laws in Indiana

The Indiana Legislature, called the Indiana General Assembly, offers Your Indiana General Assembly and How a Bill Becomes a Law to help us understand how laws are made in Indiana. For more detailed information regarding the process, you my wish to browse Session Rules, Journals & Archive.

Additional Information

Emblems & Symbols: from the Indiana Historical Bureau.

Indiana Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Bill McAuliffe

Indiana 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 Indiana 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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