What does the state seal tell us about Vermont history?

statesealsmIra Allen designed the Great Seal of Vermont.  Reuben Dean carved the image.  Vermont adopted the seal in 1779, before Vermont became a state!

Vermont used a different seal from 1821 to 1937.  Then Vermont chose Allen’s seal again.

The pictures in the seal show things that were important to the settlers.  The cow and the wheat represent farming.  The trees and the wavy lines represent mountains and lakes. 

The tall tree in the middle is a pine tree.  Some people say the pine tree represents freedom from the king of England.  “Freedom & Unity” is Vermont’s state motto.  This reminds us to protect our freedom.  But we must also work together as a state. 


Thinking about History

What would you include on the state seal?  Draw a picture.

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