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New Hampshire State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted
Amphibian Spotted newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) 1985
Animal White tail deer (Odocoileus virginianus) 1983
Beverage Apple cider 2010
Bird Purple finch (Carpodacus purpureus) 1957
Butterfly Karner blue (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) 1992
Dog Chinook 2009
Emblem Design featureing the Old Man of the Mountain 1945
Flag Find out more 1909
Flower Purple lilac (Syringa vulgaris) 1919
Freshwater fish Brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) 1994
Fruit Pumpkin (Cucurbita mixta) 2006
Gem Smoky quartz 1985
Great Seal Find out more 1931
Insect Ladybug (Coccinella novemnotata) 1977
Language English 1995
Mineral Beryl 1985
New Hampshire Native Find out more 2002
Rock Granite 1985
Saltwater Game Fish Striped bass (Roccus saxatilis) 1994
Songs "Old New Hampshire," words by Dr. John F. Holmes and music by Maurice Hoffmann 1949
"New Hampshire, My New Hampshire," words by Julius Richelson and music by Walter P. Smith 1963
"New Hampshire Hills," words by Paul Scott Maurer and music by Tom Powers 1973
"Autumn in New Hampshire," composed by Leo Austin 1977
"New Hampshire's Granite State," composed by Annie B. Currier 1977
"Oh, New Hampshire (You're My Home)," composed by Brownie McIntosh 1977
"The Old Man of the Mountain," composed by Paul Belanger 1977
"The New Hampshire State March," composed by Rene Richards 1977
"New Hampshire Naturally," composed by Rick Shaw & Ron Shaw 1983
"Live Free or Die," composed by Barry Palmer 2007
Sport Skiing 1998
Tartan Find out more 1995
Tree White birch (Betula papyrifera) 1947
Vegetable White potato (Solanum tuberosum) 2013
Wildcat Bobcat (Lynx rufus) 2015
Wildflower Pink lady's slipper (Cypripedium acaule) 1991

Making laws in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire legislature, called the New Hampshire General Court, offers A Primer On Legislative Process to help us understand how laws are made in New Hampshire.

New Hampshire House of Representatives: [ History of the New Hampshire House of Representatives | How the House Votes ]
[ House Rules ]

New Hampshire Senate: [ Senate Fast Facts | History of the New Hampshire Senate | About the Senate Chamber ]
[ How the Senate Operates | Senate Rules | Senate Trivia ]

Much of the business of making law is carried out in committees in the House of Representatives and committees in the Senate.


New Hampshire Almanac: State Symbols . State of New Hampshire. 2009. 13 April 2009 <http://www.nh.gov/nhinfo/index.html>
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.

Additional Information

New Hampshire Facts and Symbols
New Hampshire Facts and Symbols
by Muriel L. Dubois

New Hampshire Facts and Symbols, by Muriel L. Dubois. 24 pages. Social Studies Collections; Rev Upd edition (August 2003) Reading level: Ages 4-8. Easy-to-read text covers major state 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..

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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