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Massachusetts State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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Secretary of the Commonwealth: Citizen Information Service, Massachusetts Facts, <www.sec.state.ma.us/cis/cismaf/mf1a.htm> (Accessed May 5, 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.

Artist Norman Rockwell 2008
Bean or Bean Emblem Baked Navy Bean 1993
Berry Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) 1994
Beverage Cranberry Juice 1970
Bird or Bird Emblem Chickadee (Penthestes atricapillus) 1941
Blues Artist Henry St. Clair Fredericks, better known as Taj Mahal 2006
Building & Monument Stone Granite 1983
Cat Tabby Cat (Felis familiaris) 1988
Ceremonial March "The Road to Boston," composer unknown 1985
Children's Author and Illustrator Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss 2003
Children's Book Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey 2003
Colors Blue, green, and cranberry 2005
Cookie Chocolate Chip Cookie 1997
Dessert or Dessert Emblem Boston Cream Pie 1996
District Tartan Bay State Tartan (ITI number: 4543) 2003
Dog or Dog Emblem Boston Terrier (Canis familiaris bostenensis) 1979
Donut Boston Cream Donut 2003
Explorer Rock Dighton Rock 1983
Fish or Fish Emblem Cod (Gadus morrhua) 1974
Flag Find our more... 1971
Flower or Flower Emblem Mayflower (Epigaea repens) 1918
Folk Dance Square Dance 1990
Folk Hero Johnny Appleseed, born John Chapman in 1774 1996
Folk Song "Massachusetts," words and music by Arlo Guthrie 1981
Fossil or Fossil Emblem Dinosaur Tracks 1980
Game Bird and Game Bird Emblem Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 1991
Gem or Gem Emblem Rhodonite 1979
Glacial Rock Rolling Rock in Fall River 2008
Glee Club Song "The Great State of Massachusetts," words by George A. Wells, music by J. Earl Bley 1997
Great Seal Find out more... 1780
Heroine Deborah Samson 1983
Historical Rock Plymouth Rock 1983
Horse or Horse Emblem Morgan Horse (Equus cabullus morganensis) 1970
Insect or Insect Emblem Lady Bug 1974
Inventor Benjamin Franklin 2006
Marine Mammal or Marine Mammal Emblem Righe Whale (Eubabalena glacialis) 1980
Mineral or Mineral Emblem Babingtonite 1971
Muffin Corn Muffin 1986
Ode "Ode to the Commonwealth," words and music by Joseph Falzone 2000
Patriotic Song "Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land is Free)," words and music by Bernard Davidson 1989
Poem "Blue Hills of Massachusetts," composed by Katherine E. Mullen 1981
Polka "Say Hello to Someone in Massachusetts," by Lenny Gomulka 1998
Recreational and team sport Volleyball 2014
Reptile Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) 2007
Rock or Rock Emblem Roxbury Puddingstone (Roxbury Conglomerate) 1983
Shell New England Neptune (Neptuna lyrata decemcostata) 1987
Soil Paxton Soil Series 1990
Song "All Hail to Massachusetts." words and music by Arthur J. Marsh 1981
Sport Basketball 2006
Tree American Elm (Ulmus americana) 1941

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Additional Information

Massachusetts Facts: Information about state symbols and emblems and much more from the Secretary of the Commonwealth's Citizen Information Service.

State Symbols: Information about Massachusetts State Symbols from the Massachusetts Studies Project.

Massachusetts Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

Massachusetts Facts and Symbols, by Emily McAuliffe. 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 Massachusetts 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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