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

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

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

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


Hundreds of changes and additions to state symbols since the 1987 volume, four new chapters, and expanded coverage beyond the 50 states--including the District of Columbia and the five U.S. territories--make this revised edition essential for students and library reference collections. The only single documented source for historical information and color illustrations of all state and territory symbols includes new chapters on state and territory legal holidays and observances, automobile license plates, festivals and fairs, and selected U.S. postage stamps issued in honor of the states and territories. Color illustrations of official state and territory seals, flags, flowers, trees, birds, license plates, and postage stamps complement the text.

This revised edition of the only single reference source for information about state symbols updates and doubles the coverage of the original 1987 volume. New chapters on state and territory fairs and festivals and legal holidays and observances offer not only essential information, but also fascinating sidelights and unusual facts about the states and territories that are a treasure trove of information for students. The work features chapters on official state and territory names and nicknames, mottoes, seals, flags, capitols, flowers, trees, birds, songs, legal holidays and observances, license plates, miscellaneous designations, and fairs and festivals. A bibliography and subject index complete the work.


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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