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Montana State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


Travel Montana: Montana Kids. State Symbols <http://montanakids.com/facts_and_figures/state_symbols/> (Accessed August 08, 2010)
Montana State Legislature: Montana Code Annotated - 2007. State Symbols -- Official Designations <http://data.opi.mt.gov/bills/2007/mca_toc/1_1_5.htm> (Accessed August 08, 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.

Animal Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) 1983
Arboretum Campus of the University of Montana--Missoula 1991
Ballad "Montana Melody," by Carleen Harvey and LeGrande Harvey 1983
Bird Western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta) 1931
Butterfly Mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa) 2001
Cowboy Hall of Fame City of Wolfe Point designated as the site of the Montana cowboy hall of fame.
[ Cowboy Hall of Fame ]
Firefighters' memorial Firefighters' memorial park, Laurel 2003
Fish Blackspotted Cutthroat Trout (Salmo clarki) 1977
Flag Find out more... 1905
Floral emblem Bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva) 1895
Fossil Duck-billed dinosaur (Maiasaura peeblesorum) 1985
Gem stone Saphire 1969
Gem stones Sapphire and Montana agate 1969
Grass Bluebunch wheatgrass (Agropyron spicatum) 1973
Great Seal Find out more... 1865
Home of the Evelyn Cameron gallery Terry 2005
Iraq and Afghanistan veterans' memorial Grateful Nation Montana Memorial, University of Montana, Missoula 2013
Korean veterans' memorial Stodden Park, Butte 1997
Korean veterans' memorial Memorial rose garden, Missoula 1999
Lullaby "Montana Lullaby," by Ken Overcast and Wylie Gustafson 2007
Medal of valor Find out more... 1985
Official and primary language English 1995
Soil Scobey soil seriesadobe document 2015
Song "Montana," words by Charles Cohan, melody by Joseph E. Howard 1945
Tree Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) 1949
Veterans' Memorial Rose Garden Missoula memorial rose garden 1999
Vietnam veterans' memorial Located in Rose Park, Missoula 1987

Making laws in Montana

The Montana Legislature offers a comprehensive section, Lawmaking Process, to help us understand how laws are made in Montana. The Student Guide to the Montana Legislature is a good resource that includes a glossary and a context for students. The guide is also available in booklet form from the Legislative Information Office, 406-444-2957.

Additional Information

State Symbols: Montana's plant, animal and mineral symbols that distinguish the state. This information is provided by the Montana Office of Tourism and relies heavily on the Symbols of Montana (below), by Rex C. Myers and Norma B. Ashby.

Part 5. State Symbols -- Official Designations: Montana Code Annotated - 2007: TITLE 1. GENERAL LAWS AND DEFINITIONS, CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS.

Symbols of Montana
Symbols of Montana
Rex C. Myers
Norma B. Ashby

Symbols of Montana, by Rex C. Myers and Norma B. Ashby. 32 pages. Publisher: Montana Historical Society Foundation; Rev. and updated ed edition (1989) Symbols illustrate the historic development of Montana. From its first symbol, the seal in 1865, Montana has adopted a total of 12 symbols to represent its interests and its affections. These symbols reflect the flavor and variety that is Montana's heritage. This 32-page booklet covers adoption of symbols up through 1989. Specifically, the adoption of the official state butterfly (2001) and the official state ballad (2007) are not included. The various memorials adopted by the state from the mid-1980s are not included. Good little booklet!

Montana Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Shelley Sateren

Montana Facts and Symbols, by Shelley Swanson Sateren. 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 Montana 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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