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Official symbols represent the cultural heritage & natural treasures of each state or the entire USA. States also recognize icons & emblems like state flags & seals, and every city & town has unique places: landmarks, historic buildings, national, state, & local parks; & historic markers. Share your local history - participate!

When did the U.S. Begin Adopting State Symbols?

A "National Garland of Flowers" created for the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago (made of representative flowers from each state) was the inspiration for adopting official state flowers. 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 Texas state footwear page; read how students in Alaska initiated adoption of the official state dog; a high school student campaigned for state dinosaur of Arkansas; 3rd-graders in Alabama worked to have the endangered Red Hills salamander recognized as state amphibian; an 11-year-old initiated steps to adopt a state reptile for Virginia ...