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Official Symbols represent the cultural heritage and natural treasures of each state or the entire United States (see our
National Symbols). Each state and region is also recognized by well-known icons and emblems such as state flags and seals.

 

When did we begin adopting state symbols?

A "National Garland of Flowers" created for the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (made of representative flowers selected by each state) was the inspiration for adopting official state floral emblems. This began a trend that led to the adoption of official state birds, trees, and all the unique state symbols recognized today.

How is a state symbol created? 

A Social Studies teacher describes how she and her 7th grade students championed the cowboy boot as a state symbol on the State Footwear of Texas page; or read how students in Anchorage, Alaska initiated the adoption of an official State Dog!

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State Symbols USA is a nonprofit organization promoting
appreciation for our natural treasures and cultural heritage.

 

State Symbols & Icons:

animals - birds
fish - dinosaurs
flowers - plants
mammals - trees
insects - reptiles
amphibians
gems - geological
fossils - astronomy 
food - agriculture  
music - sports
 

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name origins
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resident names
quarters - mottos
statehood dates
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