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Kansas State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

For the latest symbols information, visit the NETSTATE CHRONICLE.

DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


Great Plains Nature Center, Kansas Symbols, <http://www.gpnc.org/kansas1.htm> (Accessed January 27, 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.

Amphibian Barred Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum mavortium Baird, 1850) 1994
Animal American Buffalo (Bison bison) 1955
Bird Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta Audubon) 1937
Firefighter's museum Kansas Firefighter's Museum 2007
Flag Find out more... 1927
Flower Wild Native Sunflower (Helianthus) 1903
Floral emblem Wild Native Sunflower (Helianthus) 1903
Flying fossil Pteranodon 2014
Grass Little Bluestemadobe document (Schizachyrium scoparium)) Effective July 1, 2010 2010
Great seal Find out more... 1861
Insect Honeybee (Apis mellifera) 1976
Language English 2007
March "The Kansas March," original music by Duff E. Middleton 1935
March "Here's Kansas," words and music by Bill Post 1992
Marine fossil Tylosaurus 2014
Reptile Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata) 1986
Soil Harney Silt Loamadobe document 1990
Song "Home On the Range," as originally written, with words by Dr. Brewster Higley and music by Dan Kelly 1947
Tree Cottonwood 1937

Making laws in Kansas

The Kansas Legislature, provides a series of documents under the titles of Helpful Hints & Education, including How a Bill Becomes Lawadobe document, to help us understand how the legislature works and how laws are made in Kansas.

Additional Information

Kansas Symbols: from the State Library of Kansas.

Kansas Symbols: from the Great Plains Nature Center in Witchita.

Kansas Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Kathleen W. Deady

Kansas Facts and Symbols, by Kathleen W. Deady. 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 Kansas 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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