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NO. R-78. JOINT RESOLUTION honoring the Center for Research on Vermont on its twenty-fifth anniversary.

(J.R.H. 56)

Offered by: Representative Anderson of Woodstock.

Whereas, the Center for Research on Vermont was founded in 1975 by 35 University of Vermont faculty with Vermont-related teaching and research interests, who envisioned an interdisciplinary network joining likeminded persons from all manner of Vermont institutions and professions, be they governmental, educational, social services, the media, museums and other cultural entities, other colleges or universities, or unaffiliated individual researchers, and

Whereas, 286 members from these diverse walks, and more, help the Center fulfill its promise 25 years later as the singular clearinghouse for all Vermonters for Vermont-related research, and

Whereas, in these 25 years, the Center has, through the efforts of its talented and dedicated administration headquartered at the University of Vermont:

(1) provided reference services on Vermont research to members, educators, students, government representatives, the media, and the public, fielding hundreds of inquiries from all over the world each year;

(2) conducted the Research in Progress Seminar Series and refereed Occasional Papers publications, both offering a continuing forum for scholarly discourse on Vermont;

(3) broadcasted weekly cable television programs on Vermont research topics, in cooperation with the Regional Educational Television Network, Inc.;

(4) published the landmark volume Vermont State Government Since 1965, in cooperation with The Snelling Center for Government;

(5) presented many conferences and two acclaimed humanities lecture series, "Lake Champlain: Reflections on Our Past" (1985-1987) and "We Vermonters: Perspectives on the Past" (1990-1991), at Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities;

(6) championed the value of using local and state materials in the classroom, presenting working conferences for teachers on Vermont’s history and heritage, with funding from the Vermont Council on the Humanities;

(7) established, in 1981, the Andrew E. Nuquist Award and, in 1997, the George B. Bryan Award to foster and recognize outstanding undergraduate student research on Vermont;

(8) established, in 1997, the Vermont Studies Program, an interdisciplinary academic minor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont, offering both in-state and out-of-state students a course highlighting the value of community, knowledge of one’s history and cultural heritage, sense of place, and connections to the world at large, thereby preparing students to be involved citizens and stewards of our environment, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the Vermont General Assembly honors the Center for Research on Vermont for its 25 years of committed service to Vermont researchers, to the state of Vermont, and to all Vermont citizens, and extends its support and best wishes as the Center embarks on its second quarter-century, and be it further

Resolved: That the Well of the House and other necessary State House space is reserved for use by the Center for Research on Vermont on Wednesday, October 3, 2001, for the purpose of celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Director of the Center for Research on Vermont.