Missouri State Symbols
Chapter 10 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri (RSMo) is titled “State Emblems” and is reserved for designating certain classes of things an “official state __________.” There is no legal definition of what qualifies as a state emblem, otherwise known as a state symbol. The Missouri Secretary of State’s Office is the de facto keeper of state symbols and the official keeper of one in particular: the state seal.
State symbols are meant to be educational, especially for school children. Several of Missouri’s state symbols were proposed by students and teachers. Missouri’s 40* official state symbols represent plant and animal life one may encounter in Missouri, as well as the traditions, practices and tourism opportunities valued in the state.
Click on a symbol below to learn more.
Order a State Symbols Coloring Book and State Symbols Poster from the Secretary of State Publications Division.
*The state motto is technically part of the state seal statute, but could be counted separately, making the total 41 instead of 40. The several Gold Star Memorial Monuments are counted as one symbol.