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Delaware State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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The State of Delaware, Delaware Facts and Symbols, <http://portal.delaware.gov/delfacts/default.shtml> (Accessed 16 December 2009)
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 1994
Beverage Milk 1983
Bird Blue Hen Chicken [ University of Delaware ] 1939
Bug Lady Bug 1974
Butterfly Tiger Swallowtail (Pterourus glaucus) 1974
Colors Colonial Blue and Buff 1953
Dance Maypole dancing 2016
Dessert Peach Pie 2009
Dog Golden Retriever 2016
Flag Find our more... 1913
Fish Weakfish (Genus Cynoscion) 1981
Floral Emblem Peach Blossom (Prunus persica) 1895
Flower Peach Blossom (Prunus persica) 1955
Fossil Belemnite (Belemnitella americana) 1996
Fruit Strawberries 2010
Great Seal Find out more... 1777
Herb Sweet Golden Rod (Solidago odora) 1996
Macroinvertebrate Stonefly (Order Plecoptera) 2005
Marine Animal Horseshoe Crab (Limulus polyphemus) 2002
Mineral Sillimanite 1977
Shell Shell of the channeled whelk 2014
Soil Greenwich Loamadobe document (a course, loamy, mixed, semiactive, mesic, Typic Hapludult) 2000
Song "Our Delaware," words by George B. Hynson and Donn Devine and music by Will M. S. Brown 1925
Sport Bicycling 2014
Star Delaware Diamond, located in the constellation of Ursa Major (Great Bear) 2000
Tree American Holly (Aquifoliaceae Ilex opaca) 1939
Wildlife Animal Grey Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) 2010

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Additional Information

Delaware Facts and Symbols: from the State of Delaware, the Official Website of the First State.

Delaware Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Elaine A. Kule

Delaware Facts and Symbols, by Elaine A. Kule. 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 Delaware 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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