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Massachusetts is situated in the New England region of the United States. Massachusetts is also rich in historic tradition and a leader in higher education, health care, financial services, and science and technology. Students studying in Massachusetts will find a typical American atmosphere combined with the scenic coastal destinations of Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket.
Massachusetts is one of the six New England states, and one of the first 13 states in the Union (it entered in 1788), Massachusetts is known as the "Bay State" or as the "Old Colony State." The Pilgrims established their settlement at Plymouth in 1620, arriving on the Mayflower. They were followed shortly by the Puritans, who established the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Puritans named their colony after a local Indian tribe whose name means "a large hill place." The birthplace of many of the ideals of the American Revolution, Massachusetts attracted people who believed in self-government. It's appropriate that the state flower is the maylower (Epigaea repens), also known as the trailing arbutus!
Massachusetts State Symbols contains descriptions and pictures of the state symbols, emblems, and mascots of the state, which can be quickly accessed. This resource guide represents many of Massachusetts state facts such as Massachusetts state symbols, the state flower, the state gemstone, the state insect, the state tree, the state bird, the state animal, the state flag that flies over Massachusetts, and the capital, as well as many more symbols, emblems, and mascots. These types of state directories are designed to help children learn, and are often used by children in the public and private education system as well as home schooled children.
Massachusetts State Symbols, Emblems, & Mascots
Symbol Name - (Species)
|Beans||Baked Navy Bean|
|Blues Artist||Musician Henry St. Clair Fredericks, better known as Taj Mahal|
|Building & Monument Stone||Granite|
|Ceremonial March||"The Road to Boston"|
|Children's Author and Illustrator||Author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss|
|Children's Book||"Make Way for Ducklings''
by Robert McCloskey
|Colors||Blue, green and cranberry|
|Cookie||Chocolate Chip Cookie|
|Dessert||Boston Cream Pie|
|Dog||The Boston Terrier
(Canis familiaris bostenensis)
|Donut||Boston Cream Donut|
|Explorer Rock||Dighton Rock|
|Flower or Floral Emblem||Mayflower
|Folk Dance||Square Dance|
|Folk Hero||Johnny Appleseed
|Game Bird||Wild Turkey
|Glacial Rock||Rolling Rock in Fall River|
|Glee Club Song||"The Great State of Massachusetts"
words by George A. Wells, and music by J. Earl Bley
|Historical Rock||Plymouth Rock|
(Equus cabullus morganensis)
|Korean War Memorial||Located in the Shipyard Park of the Charlestown Navy Yard|
|Marine Mammal||Right Whale
|MIA/POW Memorial||Town of Bourne at the Massachusetts National Cemetary|
|Motto||Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem
(By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)
|Ode of the Commonwealth||"Ode to Massachusetts"|
In recognition of veterans who served in WWI in the town of and designated as the Orange Peace Statue shall be the official peace statue of the Commonwealth
|Patriotic Song||"Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land is Free)"|
|Poem||"Blue Hills of Massachusetts"|
|Polka||"Say Hello to Someone in Massachusetts"|
|Quarter||Massachusetts State Quarter|
|Shell||New England Neptune
(Neptuna lyrata decemcostata)
|Soil||Paxton Soil Series|
|Song||"All Hail to Massachusetts"|
Basketball became the official state sport. Invented in 1891 by a Springfield, Massachusetts teacher Dr. James Naismith.
|Tartan||Bay State Tartan
On August 14, 2003, the Bay State Tartan became the official District Tartan of the Commonwealth. Registered with the Scottish Tartans Authority, and may be viewed at www.tartansauthority.com/.
|Veterans of Southwest
Asia War Monument
|Worcester, Desert Calm Committee, Inc.|
|Vietnam War Memorial||Memorial in Worcester|