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Michigan State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

For the latest symbols information, visit the NETSTATE CHRONICLE.

Designation Symbol / Emblem AdoptedList by year


Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Michigan Adventure! Discover Our State Symbols!, <http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-54463_18670-67748--,00.html> (Accessed July 18, 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.

Great Seal Find out more... 1835
Flower Apple Blossom (Pyrus coronaria) 1897
Flag Find out more... 1911
Bird Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1931
Song My Michigan," words by Giles Kavanagh and music by H. O'Reilly Clint 1937
Tree White Pine (Pinus strobus) 1955
Stone Petoskey Stone (Hexagonaria pericarnata) 1965
Gem Isle Royal Greenstoneadobe document (Chlorastrolite) 1973
Fish Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) 1988
Soil Kalkaska Soil Series 1990
Reptile Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) 1995
Game Mammal Whitetail Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 1997
Children's Book The Legend of Sleeping Bear 1998
Wildflower Dwarf Lake Iris (Iris lacustris) 1998
Fossil Mastodon (Mammut americanum) 2002
Historical Society Historical Society of Michigan 2002

Making laws in Michigan

The State of Michigan provides How a Bill Becomes a Law to help us understand how laws are made in the state.

The Michigan Legislature offers How a Bill Becomes Lawadobe document, a brief description of the steps a bill must go through before it can be enacted into law, and A Student's Guide to the Legislative Process in Michiganadobe document, designed for high school students. It covers the legislative branch of state government, how a bill becomes law, citizen participation, legislative oversight, and the development of a state budget.

Additional Information

Michigan Adventure! Discover Our State Symbols!: The Michigan Historical Center offers Yak's Corner: Michigan Adventure!, originally published by the Detroit Free Press.

Michigan's State Symbolsadobe document: Brief 2002 overview of state symbols from Michigan History Magazine.

Michigan Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

Michigan 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 Michigan 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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