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Pennsylvania Symbols of the Commonwealth

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DesignationList a-z Symbol / Emblem Adopted


Pennsylvania Department of General Services, The Pennsylvania Manual: Volume 117, <http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/document/71218/vol_117_-_sec_1_-_state_symbols_pdf> (Accessed August 09, 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 Whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginanus) 1959
Aircraft Piper J-3 Cub 2014
Arboretum Morris Arboretum and Gardens of the University of Pennsylvania 1988
Beautification and conservation plant Penngift crownvetch Coronilla varia L. 1982
Beverage Milk 1982
Dog Great dane (Canis familiaris) 1965
Electric locomotive GG1 4859 electric locomotive, Harrisburg 1987
Firearm Pennsylvania long rifle 2014
Fish Brook trout (Salvelinius fontinalis) 1970
Flag Find out more... 1907
Flagship Restored United States brig Niagara 1988
Firearm Pennsylvania long rifle 2014
Flower Mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia) 1933
Fossil Trilobite (Phacops rana) 1988
Game bird Ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus) 1931
Great Seal Find out more... 1790
Insect Firefly (Photuris pennsylvanica De Geer) 1974
Pops Orchestra Philly Pops 1999
Song "Pennsylvania," by Eddie Khoury and Ronnie Bonner 1990
Steam locomotives K4s 1361 located at the Railroaders' Memorial Museum, Altoona
K4s 3750 located at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Strasburg
Theatre Walnut Street Theatre at 9th and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia 1999
Tree Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) 1931

Making laws in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Legislature, called the Pennsylvania General Assembly, offers Making Law in Pennsylvaniaadobe document to help us understand how laws are made in Pennsylvania.

Additional Information

State Symbolsadobe document: The Pennsylvania Manual: Volume 117, Pages 1-4 to 1-8, 2006, Pennsylvania Department of General Services.

Pennsylvania Facts and Symbols
Facts and Symbols

Emily McAuliffe

Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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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