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Exhibit Features New Mexico's Official Symbols


 
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – A new exhibit at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum features the icons, images and emblems that help make New Mexico stand out from all the other states.

"It's all Symbolic: The State Symbols of New Mexico" is on display in the museum's North and Central Corridors.

While there are numerous unofficial symbols within New Mexico, these are the 40 symbols officially adopted by the Legislature – the State Symbols of New Mexico.

Often when we think of "state symbols," we think of symbols of nature – things like a state tree, state flower, or a state insect. While these were often the first official symbols to be adopted by a state – aside from governmental symbols like a state seal or flag – the kinds of things memorialized today as state symbols are much more interesting and diverse.

Among New Mexico's 40 official state symbols are the state aircraft, fossil, butterfly, ballad, poem, cowboy song, guitar, and cookie.

The exhibit is on display in conjunction with New Mexico's statehood centennial during 2012.

For more information, please call (575) 522-4100. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, NM 88011 www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org.

Nestled in the Mesilla Valley between the Rio Grande River and Organ Mountains, Las Cruces, New Mexico is quickly becoming a popular southwestern destination.  Visitors can experience 72 holes of spectacular year-round golf and world-class Mexican food.  Las Cruces blends a unique variety of special events, attractions, culture and historical sites, as well as superb weather, with 350 days of sunshine per year.  For more information on all Las Cruces has to offer, contact the Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau at (575) 541-2150 or visit www.StaySunny.org

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