Official Name: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Nickname: Bay State
Admitted to Union: February 6, 1788
Area: 10555 square miles
Coastline: 192 miles
Highest Point: Mt. Greylock at 3491 feet above sea level
Lowest Point: Atlantic Coast
Bordering States: Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont
State Bird: Chickadee
State Flower: Mayflower
State Tree: American Elm
State Song: "All Hail to Massachusetts" by Arthur Marsh
State Insect: Ladybug
State Book: Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
State Beverage: Cranberry Juice Cranberry Cooler Recipe
State Berry: Cranberry Chocolate Covered Cranberries
State Muffin: Corn Muffin
State Dessert: Boston Creme Pie
State Cookie: Chocolate Chip Cookie
Favorite Sons & Daughters: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Samuel Adams, Horatio Alger, Susan B. Anthony, F. Lee Bailey, Clara Barton, Leonard Bernstein, George Bush, John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed), John Singleton Copley, E. E. Cummings, Bette Davis, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Winslow Homer, Elias Howe, John F. Kennedy, Horace Mann, Sharon Christa McAuliffe, Samuel F. B. Morse, Leonard Nemoy, Edgar Allan Poe, Paul Revere, Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Henry David Thoreau, James McNeill Whistler, Eli Whitney
6th state to sign the Constitution
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Plymouth in 1621.
The first American public secondary school, Boston Latin Grammar School, was founded in Boston in 1635.
The first basketball game was played in Springfield in 1891.
The first American Christmas card was printed by Louis Prang in Boston in 1875.
The first American subway system was opened in Boston in 1898.