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Rhode Island State Symbols, Songs, and Emblems

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Designation Symbol / Emblem AdoptedList by year adopted


The State of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations. State of Rhode Island General Laws. Providence: The State of Rhode Island & Providence Plantations, 2011. Web. 10 May 2011. <http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/>.
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.

Great seal Find out more... 1875
Flag Find out more... 1897
March "Rhode Island," words and music by T. Clark Brown - Adopted as state song.
Replaced by "Rhode Island's It For Me" and named state march.
Bird Rhode Island red (Gallus gallus domesticus) 1954
Tree Red maple (Acer rubrum)  Virginia Tech  Athenic Systems 1964
Mineral Bowenite 1966
Rock Cumberlandite 1966
Flower Violet (Viola sororia) 1968
American Folk Art The Charles I.D. Looff carousel, also known as the Crescent Park carousel. 1985
Shell Quahaug (Mercenaria mercenaria) 1987
Fruit Rhode Island greening apple (Malus Mill.) 1991
Flagship & tall ship ambassador Replica of the continental sailing vessel known as "Providence" 1992
Drink Coffee milk 1993
Song "Rhode Island's It For Me," lyrics by Charlie Hall, music by Maria Day, arranged by Kathryn Chester. Replaced "Rhode Island" as state song. 1996
Fish Striped bass (Morone saxatilis) 2000
Tartan Find out more... 2000
Sailing educational vessel SSV Oliver Hazard Perry 2012
Appetizer Calamari 2014
insect American burying beetle 2015
Marine mammal Harbor seal 2016

Making laws in Rhode Island

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Additional Information

Facts & History: Official website of Rhode Island government.

Rhode Island State Symbols: Official website of the Rhode Island Tourism Division.

Rhode Island State Symbols: Rhode Island Roads: The online magazine of travel, life, dining, and entertainment for people who love Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Facts and Symbols
Rhode Island
Facts and Symbols

Kathy Feeney

Rhode Island Facts and Symbols, by Kathy Feeney. 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 Rhode Island 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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