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Mississippi State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services. State of Mississippi Symbols, <http://www.mississippi.gov/symbols.jsp> (Accessed July 24, 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.

American folk dance Square Dance 1995
Automobile museum The Tupelo Auto Museum, Inc. 2003
Beverage Milk 1984
Bird Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1944
Butterfly Spicebush Swallowtail (Pterourus troilus) 1991
Fish Largemouth or Black Bass (Micropterus salmoides) 1974
Flag Find out more... 1894
Flower Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) 1952
Fossil Prehistoric Whale (Basilosaurus cetoides & Zygorhiza kochii) 1981
Grand opera house Grand Opera House of Meridian 1993
Great seal Find out more ... 1798
Historical industrial museum The Mississippi Industrial Heritage Museum, Inc. 2004
Insect Honeybee (Apis mellifera) 1980
Land mammal White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 1974
Land mammal Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) 1997
Language English 1987
Natural science museum The Mississippi Game and Fish Commission's Mississippi Museum of Natural Science 1974
Reptile American Alligator (Alligator Mississippiensis) 2005
Shell Oyster Shell (Crassostrea virginica) 1974
Soil Natchez silt loam 2003
Song "Go, Mississippi," words and music by William Houston Davis 1962
Stone Petrified Wood 1976
Toy Teddy Bear 2002
Tree Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) 1938
Waterfowl Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 1974
Water mammal Bottlenose Dolphine (Tursiops truncatus) 1974
Wildflower Coreopsis (Coreopsis) 1991
Wildlife heritage museum Mississippi Wildlife Heritage Museum in Leland 2016

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Additional Information

State of Mississippi Symbols: from the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services.

Mississippi Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Karen Bush Gibson

Mississippi Facts and Symbols, by Karen Bush Gibson. 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 Mississippi 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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