Massachusetts Facts

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A Review of the History, Government, and Symbols of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Massachusetts Facts was originally written and issued by the Division of Tourism of the Department of Commerce and Development (now the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism). Citizen Information Service, a division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, has revised and expanded this information.


A Profile of Massachusetts

Part 1: Concise Facts

State/Official Symbols

Name / Coat of Arms / Seal / Flag / Flower or Floral Emblem / Tree or Tree Emblem / Bird or Bird Emblem / Beverage / Horse or Horse Emblem / Insect or Insect Emblem / Fish or Fish Emblem / Dog or Dog Emblem / Gem or Gem Emblem / Marine Mammal or Marine Mammal Emblem / Fossil or Fossil Emblem / Mineral or Mineral Emblem / Song of the Commonwealth / Folk Song of the Commonwealth / Poem / Rock or Rock Emblem / Historical Rock / Explorer Rock / Building And Monument Stone / Heroine / Ceremonial March / Muffin / Shell / Cat / Patriotic Song of Commonwealth / Folk Dance of Commonwealth / Soil / Vietnam War Memorial / Designation of Citizens / Game Bird / Southwest Asia War Memorial / Bean / Vessel / Berry / Folk Hero / Dessert or Dessert Emblem / Cookie / Glee Club Song / Polka Song / Peace Statue / Korean War Memorial / Ode / MIA/POW Memorial / Children's Book / Children's Author And Children's Illustrator / Donut / District Tartan / Colors / Blues Artist / Sport / Inventor / Reptile / Artist / Glacial Rock / Birthplace of National Guard

Politics

Government / Executive Branch / Executive Council / Other Constitutional Officers / Legislative Branch / Making a Law / Judicial Branch / Counties / Municipalities / Voting Requirements

Statistics

Legal Holidays / Population and Area / Boundaries / Time / Climate / Topography / Minerals / Soil / Farming / Key Industries / Rivers / Lakes / Islands / Mountains

Part 2

Historical Sketch

Introduction / Colonizing / Bay Colony / Repressive Measures / Post-War Problems / A New Era / Intellectual Activity / Prosperous Industry / Progressive Laws / Industrial Evolution / The Future of the Commonwealth

Part 3

The New State House

Introduction / Grounds / Doric Hall / Nurses Hall / Bartlett Hall / Memorial Hall / Great Hall / State Seal Window / George Fingold State Library / House of Representatives / Senate Chamber / Reception Room / Executive Suite / Ashburton Park

Part 4

Miscellaneous Facts

Famous Firsts in Massachusetts / Native Sons and Daughters / Questions and Answers on the State Flag / Sergeant William H. Carney: Civil War Hero / State Song / State Ode / State Polka / State Poem

Part 5

Economic Data and Statistics