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Pennsylvania State Symbols

Pennsylvania State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Pennsylvania Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

Pennsylvania is known as the “Keystone State” because of its central location among the US original thirteen colonies, Pennsylvania is where the US Declaration of Independence was signed and the Liberty Bell is located. The state contains the largest settlement of Pennsylvania Dutch (Amish and Mennonites) in the world. Students in Pennsylvania have numerous opportunities to experience a rich combination of US history and culture.

Although Swedes and Dutch were the first European settlers, William Penn, a Quaker, named Pennsylvania in honor of his father by combining the name Penn and the Latin term sylvania, which translates as "woodlands," to come up with "Penn's woodlands." Pennsylvania is one of the original 13 colonies (it entered the Union in 1787). Today, two major cities dominate the state--Philadelphia, home of the Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall, and a thriving metropolitan area, and Pittsburgh, a busy inland river port. The Amish, a group of people who live without the use of modern technology, live in the countryside of Pennsylvania. The capital is Harrisburg and the state fish is the brook trout (Salvelinius fontinalis) .

Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania state facts such as Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania, 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.


Pennsylvania State Symbols, Emblems, and Mascots

State Symbols
Symbol Name - (Species)
Animal Whitetail Deer (Odocoileus virginanus) Oct 2, 1959
Arboretum Morris Arboretum and Gardens of the University of Pennsylvania , Philadelphia Apr 29, 1988
Beautification and Conservation Plant Penngift Crownvetch (Coronilla varia l., Penngift) Jun 17, 1982
Beverage Milk Apr 29, 1982
Coat of Arms Coat of Arms 1778
Dog Great Dane (Canis familiaris) Aug 17, 1965
Electric Locomotive GG1 4859 Electric Locomotive Dec 18, 1987
Festival Laural Festival Jun 15, 1999
Fish Brook Trout (Salvelinius fontinalis) Mar 9, 1970
Flag State Flag Jun 13, 1907
Flagship United States Brig "Niagra" Apr 29, 1988
Flower Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) May 5,1933
Fossil Trilobite (Phacops rana) Dec 5, 1988
Game Bird Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus) Jun 22, 1931
Insect Firefly (Poturis pensylvanica, De Geer Apr 10,
Motto Virtue, Liberty, and Independence NA
Nicknames "Keystone State" NA
Pops Orchestra Philly Pops Oct 5, 1999
Quarter Pennsylvania State Quarter Mar 8, 1999
Seal Great Seal 1791
Song "Pennsylvania" Nov 29, 1990
Steam Locomotive K4s Steam Locomotive Dec 18, 1987
Theatre "Walnut Street Theatre" at 9th and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia Jun 8, 1999
Tree Eastern Hemlock (Tsunga canadensis linnaeus) Jun 23, 1931
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State symbols represent things that are special to a particular state.