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Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Source: Resident Population Data – 2010 Census
|Governor||Deval Patrick (Democrat, to January 2015)|
|Entered the Union||Feb. 6, 1788|
as the 6th state
|Motto||Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty)|
|Nickname||The Bay State, The Old Colony State|
|Song||All Hail to Massachusetts|
|Professional Sports Teams||Boston Celtics (Basketball); New England Patriots (Football); Boston Red Sox (Baseball); Boston Bruins (Hockey); New England Revolution (Soccer)|
(sports listing policy)
|Origin of Name||From two Indian words meaning “Great Mountain Place”|
|Historical Sites||Minute Man National Historical Park, Boston’s National Historical Park, Old State House(Boston), Old South Meeting House(Boston), Bunker Hill Monument(Boston), Old North Churc h(Boston), Paul Revere’s House(Boston), Charlestown Navy Yard|
|Points of Interest||Cape Cod, USS Constitution, and the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum|
|Bordering States||Massachusetts borders Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.|
Follow these links to read articles about Massachusetts from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:
Official State Links
- Mass.gov: the Official Web Site of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
This is the official website for the State of Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
Here is the homepage for the Massachusetts State Library Agency.
- The Massachusetts Historical Society
Here is the homepage for the Massachusetts State Historical Society.
- Massachusetts Commonwealth Museum
Here is the homepage for the Massachusetts State Museum.
- Massachusetts Archives
Here is the homepage for the Massachusetts State Archives.
Here is the homepage for Massachusetts State Parks.
Here is the official state travel and tourism website for Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts Kids’ Zone
Here is the state’s official page for kids with special information about history, government, and Massachusetts quick facts.
Other State Links
- 50states.com: Massachusetts
The site provides a wealth of information about Massachusetts. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
- Things To Do in Massachusetts
ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about entertainment, recreation, and travel in Massachusetts and includes the state’s interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
- Roadside America: Massachusetts Attractions
Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of “weird sites along the highway” in Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts Tourist Information
This online travel guide includes a sight seeing link detailing special attractions for the Boston area and the entire state. Check out the specific page for Cape Cod and Islands.
- FedStats: MapStat: United States: Massachusetts
Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on “economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more” in Massachusetts.
- Massachusetts’ state tree is the American elm, state bird is the Chickadee, state beverage is Cranberry juice, state insect is the Ladybu g, and state muffin is the corn muffin.
- Massachusetts produces the nation’s largest cranberry crop. Other products produced are dairy and poultry products, nursery and greenhouse produce, vegetables, and fruit.
- Massachusetts is home to 65 public and private colleges and universities. Some of the well-known ones are Harvard, MIT, Holy Cross, Tufts, Boston College, Boston University, and the University of Massachusetts.
- The first American public library was founded in Boston in 1653.
- The African Meeting House on Joy Street in Boston was the first church built by free blacks, 1806.
Some Famous People from this State
- Presidents from Massachusetts with links to ipl’s POTUS (Presidents of the United States) page:
- Samuel Adams (1722 – 1803), American Revolutionary patriot and statesman, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and governor of Massachusetts.
- Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886), poet.
- Benjamin Franklin, (1706 – 1790), printer, author, philosopher, diplomat, scientist, and inventor.
- John Hancock (1737 – 1793), merchant, statesman, first signer of the Declaration of Independence, and first governor of the state of Massachusetts.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 – 1864), novelist.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882), poet.
- Paul Revere (1735 – 1818), silversmith and patriot.
- Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862), essayist, naturalist, and philosopher.