State of Michigan

ORIGIN OF STATE NAME: Possibly derived from the Fox Indian word mesikami, meaning "large lake." NICKNAME: The Wolverine State. CAPITAL: Lansing. ENTERED UNION: 26 January 1837 (26th). SONG: "Michigan, My Michigan" (unofficial). MOTTO: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you). COAT OF ARMS: In the center, a shield depicts a peninsula on which a man stands, at sunrise, holding a rifle. At the top of the shield is the word "Tuebor" (I will defend), beneath it is the state motto. Supporting the shield are an elk on the left and a moose on the right. Over the whole, on a crest, is an American eagle beneath the US motto, E pluribus unum. FLAG: The coat of arms centered on a dark blue field, fringed on three sides. OFFICIAL SEAL: The coat of arms surrounded by the words "The Great Seal of the State of Michigan" and the date " AD MDCCCXXXV" (1835, the year the first state constitution was adopted). BIRD: Robin. FISH: Trout. REPTILE: Painted turtle. FLOWER: Apple blossom. TREE: White pine. GEM: Chlorastrolite. STONE: Petoskey stone. LEGAL HOLIDAYS: New Year's Day, 1 January; Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., 3rd Monday in January; Lincoln's Birthday, 12 February; Washington's Birthday, 3rd Monday in February; Memorial Day, last Monday in May; Independence Day, 4 July; Labor Day, 1st Monday in September; Columbus Day, 2nd Monday in October; Veterans Day, 11 November; Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thursday in November; Christmas Day, 25 December. TIME: 7 AM EST = noon GMT; 6 AM CST = noon GMT.


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