Maine has a number of other symbols, many of which have been officially adopted by the Legislature:
State Tree---White Pine---1975
State Bird---Chickadee (Parus Atricapillus)---1927
State Song---"State of Maine Song," words and music by Roger Vinton Snow---Uncertain
State Flower---White Pine Cone and tassel (Pinus Strobus, Linnaeus)---1895
State Fish---Landlocked Salmon (Salmo salar Sebago)---1969
State Insect---Honeybee (Apis Mellifera)---1975
State Fossil---Pertica quadrifaria---1985
State Cat---Maine Coon Cat---1985
State Vessel---The Schooner "Bowdoin"---1987
State Berry---The wild blueberry (vaccinium angustifolium, aiton)---1991
Official State Language of the Deaf Community---American Sign Language---1991
Maine also has a State Tartan, designed in 1964 by Sol Gillis. It is the oldest State Tartan in the U.S. and is registered with the Scottish Tartans Society in Scotland and It is also registered with the Tartan Education and Cultural Association (TECA) a US based (Pennsylvania) tartan society, doing here in the US what the Scottish Tartans Society was/is doing in Scotland, namely registering tartans, especially the new ones that are being designed almost daily and the Scottish Tartans AUTHORITY, based in Scotland. The Maine Tartan was first woven in Maine by Jane Holmes of Plymouth, ME in 1988 and items made from the fabric are made and sold by her company, the Maine Tartan and Tweed Co. The Maine State Tartan was copyrighted in 1988 by the MTTCo. Items made out of the Maine Tartan are also available from the Maine State Museum Gift Shop in Augusta, My Maine Bag in Bangor, and Just Me in Portland.
Maine State Tartan © 1988 MTTCo., Plymouth, Maine
Light blue stands for the sky; dark blue for the waters; green for the forests; and the red bloodline for the people of Maine.
By the mid-eighteenth century, the Plymouth Colony had established forts along the Kennebec River in Maine for the purposes of fur trading. By 1765, this corporation had developed a separate seal for these operations.
Plymouth Colony Seal used in Maine 1765
The New England Flag of 1775 was remembered by Lincoln County when they were adopting a flag in 1977. Many Lincoln County men rushed off to Boston in 1775 to fight for independence and a regiment raised solely in Lincoln County saw action at Bunker Hill.
Flag of Lincoln County, 1977 (New England Flag, 1775)
Huguenot Society of Maine, 1991
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