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Statewide Survey to Change the Flag and Seal of Massachusetts!

Dear Friends:
Today, August 17th, a statewide survey went live to gather input from people across the Commonwealth to help with the design of a new, inclusive state flag and seal. Your response to the survey is requested, and welcomed! 

See the message from the co-chairs of the special commission, below:

Thank you for taking a little time today (just 10 minutes!) to help make a new, inclusive state symbol a reality.

-David Detmold, coordinator,; Montague


Dear Massachusetts Resident,
We are inviting you to join us in designing a new seal and motto for Massachusetts.
On behalf of the Special Commission Relative to the Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth, we asked the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston (CSR) to work with us and help us learn how residents view the seal and motto and to gather public input that represents the diversity of communities and perspectives in the Commonwealth.
Please use the link below to find a survey that asks about your familiarity with the current seal and motto of the Commonwealth and your input on the new design.

How can I help? Complete the survey and let us know what you think! It should take less than 10 minutes of your time. You can either:

Follow this link:


Copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:

Why this survey is important?

By answering this survey, you will contribute to the creation of a more inclusive state symbol that represents all residents, regardless of background or origin.

Are my answers confidential?

Your answers are confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside the research team. All answers will be combined into a general report that will make recommendations for the new design of the seal and motto.

What if I have other questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Ebony Haley at CSR at 617-287-7205 or email her at

Thank you for taking the time to contribute to our work. Together, we can create a symbol that reflects the spirit and unity of Massachusetts!
Brian Boyles (Co-Chair), Mass Humanities
Brian Moskwetah Weeden (Co-Chair), Chairman, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
Michael Comeau (Co-Vice Chair), Massachusetts Archives & Commonwealth Museum
Brittney Peauwe Wunnepog Walley (Co-Vice Chair), Representative,
Hassanamisco Nipmuc Tribe

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