State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols: A Historical Guide

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Introduction

This second edition of State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols incorporates the numerous changes and additions that have occurred since the publication of the first edition in 1987. Information provided in this edition has been expanded to include the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, all homes to citizens of the United States. Four new chapters have also been added. They cover a selection of U.S. postage stamps issued about states and territories, samplings of fairs and festivals, lists of legal holidays and special observances, and short histories as well as descriptions of passenger-car license plates.

State publications and state codes have provided much of the documentation for state symbols and other official designations. State officials-- governors, secretaries of state, attorneys general--as well as librarians in state libraries and archives and officers in state motor vehicle departments have provided invaluable assistance as work progressed on this volume. Special thanks is due to Terence G. Villaverde, Special Assistant to the Governor, Washington Office of the Governor of Guam; Ivonne G. Cervoni, Executive Assistant to the Director, Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration; Page Stull, Press Secretary to Ron de Lugo, Member of Congress from the U.S. Virgin Islands; Isapela Enesi in the office of Eni Faleomavaega, Member of Congress from American Samoa; and Pete A. Torres in the Office of the Resident Representative to the United States for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The United States Postal Service was especially helpful in granting permission for the reproduction of stamp designs, and its publication United

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Copyright Acknowledgments v
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • 1 - State and Territory Names and Nicknames 1
  • Notes 19
  • 2 - State and Territory Mottoes 23
  • Notes 35
  • 3 - State and Territory Seals 39
  • Notes 71
  • 4 - State and Territory Flags 73
  • 5 - State and Territory Capitols 103
  • Notes 125
  • 6 - State and Territory Flowers 129
  • Notes 141
  • 7 - State and Territory Trees 145
  • Notes 164
  • 8 - State and Territory Birds 167
  • Notes 194
  • 9 - State and Territory Songs 197
  • Notes 207
  • 10 - State and Territory Legal Holidays and Observances 209
  • Notes 264
  • 11 - State and Territory License Plates 269
  • Notes 290
  • 12 - State and Territory Postage Stamps 295
  • 13 - Miscellaneous Official State and Territory Designations 309
  • Notes 327
  • 14 - State and Territory Fairs and Festivals 331
  • Notes 385
  • Selected Bibliography of State and Territory Histories 389
  • Index 413
  • About the Authors 438
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