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Missouri State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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Designation Symbol / Emblem AdoptedListed by year


Missouri Secretary of State. State Symbols of Missouri, <http://www.sos.mo.gov/symbols/> (Accessed July 25, 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... 1822
Flag Find out more... 1913
Day Missouri Day, 3rd Wednesday in October 1915
Floral emblem Hawthorn blossom (Crataegus) 1923
Bird Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 1927
Song "Missouri Waltz," arranged by Frederick Knight Logan from a melody by John Valentine Eppel, with lyrics by J. R. Shannon 1949
Arboreal emblem Flowering dogwood (Cornus Florida L.) 1955
Lithologic emblem Mozarkite 1967
Mineral Galena 1967
Insect Honeybee (Apis mellifera) 1985
Musical instrument Fiddle 1987
Fossil Fossilized remains of Crinoidea (Delocrinus missouriensis) 1989
Tree nut Nut of the Eastern black walnut tree (Juglans nigra) 1990
American folk dance Square dance 1995
Animal Missouri mule 1995
Aquatic animal Paddlefish or Spoonbill (Polyodon spathula) 1997
Fish Channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) 1997
Horse Missouri fox trotting horse [ More ] 2002
Grape Norton/Cynthiana grape (Vitis aestivalis) 2003
Dinosaur Hypsibema missouriensis 2004
Amphibian North American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) 2005
Game bird Bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus) 2007
Grass Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) 2007
Invertebrate Crayfish, also called crawfish and crawdad 2007
Reptile Three-toed box turtle (Terrapene carolina triunguis) 2007
Dessert Ice cream cone 2008
Exercise Jumping jacks 2014

Making laws in Missouri

The House of Representatives, at the Missouri General Assembly, offers The Legislative Process to help us understand how laws are made in Missouri. This section provides The Legislative Process in Missouri, the graphic How a Bill Becomes Lawadobe document, and a Glossary of Legislative Terminology.

Additional Information

Missouri State Symbols: Missouri Office of the Secretary of State.

Missouri Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

Missouri 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 Missouri 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.

Catfish, Fiddles, Mules, and More: Missouri's State Symbols
Catfish, Fiddles,
Mules, and More

John C. Fisher

Catfish, Fiddles, Mules, and More: Missouri's State Symbols, by John C. Fisher. 128 pages. Publisher: University of Missouri; 1 edition (November 14, 2003) Each state has its own representative symbols--ranging from seals, flags, and buildings to rocks, minerals, plants, and animals--but how did they come to be chosen? In Catfish, Fiddles, Mules, and More, John C. Fisher provides an answer to that question for Missourians with a handy reference on the various official symbols of the state. Fisher explores each of the symbols adopted by the legislature as well as the state nickname and the legislative process in Missouri. A chapter is devoted to each symbol, providing information about when it was adopted, why it came to be considered as a state symbol, and how it relates to and is representative of the state.

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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