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Maryland State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


Maryland State Archives, Maryland at a Glance: State Symbols, <http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/01glance/html/symbols/00list.html> (Accessed February 5, 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.

Bird Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula) 1947
Boat Skipjack 1985
Cat Calico cat 2001
Crustacean Blue crab (Callinectes sapidus Rathbun) 1989
Dessert Smith Island cake 2008
Dinosaur Astrodon johnstoni ( FactSheet 12 from the Maryland Geological Survey) 1998
Dog Chesapeake Bay retriever 1964
Drink Milk 1998
Exercise Walking 2008
Fish Rockfish, also called striped bass (Morone saxatilis) 1965
Flag Find out more... 1904
Flower Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) 1918
Folk dance Square dancing 1994
Fossil shell Ecphora gardnerae gardnerae ( FactSheet 6 from the Maryland Geological Society ) 1994
Gem Patuxent River stone 2004
Great Seal Find out more... 1876
Horse Thoroughbred horse 2003
Insect Baltimore checkerspot butterfly (Euphydryas phaeton) 1973
Reptile Diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) 1994
Song "Maryland, My Maryland," words by James Ryder Randall 1939
Sport Jousting ( Maryland Jousting Tournament Association ) 1962
Summer theater Olney Theatre, Olney, Montgomery County ( Website ) 1978
Team sport Lacrosse 2004
Theater Center Stage, Baltimore ( Website ) 1978
Tree White oak (Quercus alba) 1941

Making laws in Maryland

The Maryland State Archives offers a website section called General Assembly that includes information about the Maryland General Assembly (Legislature), including The Legislative Process: How a Bill Becomes Law, to help us understand how laws are made in Maryland.

Additional Information

Maryland at a Glance: State Symbols: from the Maryland State Archives.

Maryland Kids Page: State Symbols: from the office of the Maryland Secretary of State.

Maryland Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Muriel L. Dubois

Maryland Facts and Symbols, by Muriel L. Dubois. 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 Maryland 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.

Maryland Symbols
Maryland Symbols
Elmer M. Jackson, Jr

Maryland Symbols: Official Emblems of the Great Free State, Elmer M. Jackson, Jr. 200 pages. Publisher: Capital-Gazette Press, Inc. First Edition, January, 1964. Maryland Symbols is composed mainly of tales of the outdoors in which a specie of birds, a breed of dog, and horsemanship and sportsmanship hold the center of the stage along with the motivations that caused Mr. Jackson's State to adopt five other emblems. As frosting on the cake, the reader is offered an exciting, though brief, plunge into Maryland history and acquaintanceship with characters who helped carve out our heritage.

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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