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Vermont State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


"Vermont Statutes Online." Vermont State Legislature. Vermont State Legislature, n.d. Web. 17 Feb 2012. <http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutesMain.cfm>.
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.

Amphibian Northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens) 1998
Animal Morgan horse (Equus caballus) 1961
Beverage Milk 1983
Bird Hermit thrush (Catharus guttatus) 1941
Butterfly Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) 1987
Coat of Arms Find out more... 1862
Cold water fish Brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) 1978
Flag Find out more... 1923
Flavor Maple 1994
Flower Red clover (Trifolium pratense) 1894
Fly-fishing fly Governor Aiken bucktail streameradobe document 2014
Fruit Apple (Malus domestica) 1999
Gem Grossular garnet 1992
Great seal Find out more... 1937
Heritage breed of livestock Randall lineback breed of cattle (Bos primigenius) 2006
Insect Honeybee (Apis mellifera) 1977
Marine fossil
White whale fossilized skeleton (Delphinapterus leucas) 1993
Mineral Talc 1992
Pie Apple pie 1999
Reptile Painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) 1994
Rocks Granite, Marble, and Slate 1992
Soil Tunbridge soil series 1985
Song "These Green Mountains," comoposed by Diane Martin, arranged by Rita Buglass 2000
Terrestrial fossil Mount Holly mammoth tooth and tusk 2014
Tree Sugar maple (Acer saccharum) 1949
Vegetable Gilfeather turnip 2016
Warm water fish Walleye pike (Stizosedion vitreum vitreum) 1978
Winter sports Skiing and snowboarding 2012

Making laws in Vermont

To understand the legislature and the legislative process, the Vermont State Legislature offers a "Getting started" section that includes the following sub-sections:

  • How Do I...? includes answers to questions such as "How do I find my Representative or Senator?" to "How do I become a legislative page?"
  • Who Represents Me? offfers an interactive map of Vermont to find your Representatives and Senators.
  • How a Bill Becomes Law explains the legislative process in Vermont.
  • Frequently Asked Questions offers everything else about the Vermont State Legislature.

Additional Information

Vermont Emblems, Facts and Figures: Vermont Department of Libraries: Agency of Administration.

The Vermont State Legislature: Official website.

What Makes Vermont Special?
What Makes
Vermont Special?

Greg Carpenter

What Makes Vermont Special? An in-depth look at Vermont State Symbols, by Greg Carpenter. 94 pages. Publisher: Shires Press; First edition (2012)Much more than just your typical state symbols book. What Makes Vermont Special? asks who was the originator behind each symbol? What were they thinking at the time? Why did they pick the symbol? And what can we learn from it?

Hear from the originators themselves, learn where you can see these symbols within the state and hold a piece of Vermont history that will remain timeless.

Vermont Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Kathy Feeney

Vermont Facts and Symbols, by Kathy Feeney. 24 pages. Publisher: Bridgestone Books; 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 Vermont 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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