Quick: What’s your state’s official flower? What’s your state bird? How about your official mammal, reptile, arachnid or fossil?
Welcome to the world of state symbols—more than 1,500 of them. And that isn’t including the Statue of Liberty, the Golden Gate Bridge or countless familiar state nicknames that have not been officially adopted as symbols.
I was the webmaster of geosymbols.org, which, as far as I know, was the first state symbols website. It was also my most popular website by far.
Now I’m back with a website that will be even better, along with a series of state symbols references that will begin publication in 2021. I’ll discuss the United States’ national symbols at USymbols.com.
I suggest you begin by reading the Introduction. From there, you can probably find whatever you’re looking for in the 50 States section or the Symbols section. The latter is organized by symbol categories (e.g. flags, flowers, birds, etc.).
More than a stuffy reference, State Symbols Pro has a lot to say about the state of America’s symbols. I’m a leading advocate for the adoption of new state flags, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
However, this website is just the second best state symbols reference. If you’re looking for the most authoritative reference you can find, check out my books.
I’m also working on a shopping section where you can buy a wide variety of things—from flags to mugs and T-shirts—with all kinds of symbolic themes.
If you would like to use pictures from my projects—including my state flags and tartans proposals—please visit the Licensing page.
Finally, if you’re from Missouri—the Show Me State—or if you’re just one of the more intelligent people who call themselves truthers, be sure and check out my landmark book, Conspiracy Science.
You’ll even find a little conspiracy in my state symbols projects. What’s the real reason Henry Ford promoted the square dance? 🙂