Learn about the states, including Maryland Kids can...

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January 10, 2002|By Tricia Bishop

Learn about the states, including Maryland

Kids can learn a lot about their own "back yard" Monday at the Westminster Branch Library's "50 Nifty United States" program, which highlights little-known - and sometimes loony - facts about our country and the states it comprises - Maryland included.

Here are some trivia tidbits about our state to put you in the mood for the program:

Capital: Annapolis (since 1694; it was St. Mary's City before that)

Joined the union: April 28, 1788 (the seventh state to do so)

Holidays: Maryland Day (March 25) and Defenders' Day, which recognizes an 1814 battle with the British (Sept. 12)

Nicknames: Free State and Old Line State

Flower: Black-eyed Susan

Tree: White oak

Bird: Baltimore oriole

Song: "Maryland, My Maryland"

Cat: Calico (as of Oct. 1)

Dog: Chesapeake Bay retriever (since 1964)

Insect: Baltimore checkerspot butterfly

Drink: Milk (so decided in 1998)

Folk dance: Square dancing (chosen in 1994)

Sport: Jousting (Maryland was the first state to officially adopt a sport; it did so in 1962)

Named after: Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I of England

Size: 10,460 square miles

Funny town names: Maryland has an Accident (175 miles west of Baltimore) and a Boring (30 miles northwest of Baltimore).

The program starts at 7 p.m., 50 E. Main St., 410-386-4490.

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