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