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NO. R-284.  Joint resolution designating Vermont cultural heritage month.


Offered by:  Representatives Clarkson of Woodstock, Adams of Hartland, Allaire of Rutland City, Atkins of Winooski, Barnard of Richmond, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Botzow of Pownal, Brooks of Montpelier, Canfield of Fair Haven, Chen of Mendon, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Condon of Colchester, Copeland-Hanzas of Bradford, Corcoran of Bennington, Cross of Winooski, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Dunsmore of Georgia, Edwards of Brattleboro, Endres of Milton, Evans of Essex, Fallar of Tinmouth, Fisher of Lincoln, Frank of Underhill, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Green of Berlin, Haas of Rochester, Head of S. Burlington, Heath of Westford, Hosford of Waitsfield, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howard of Rutland City, Hube of Londonderry, Hutchinson of Randolph, Jerman of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Kainen of Hartford, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Komline of Dorset, Krawczyk of Bennington, Kupersmith of S. Burlington, Larrabee of Danville, Lawrence of Lyndon, Leriche of Hardwick, Lippert of Hinesburg, Livingston of Manchester, Lorber of Burlington, Maier of Middlebury, Malcolm of Pawlet, Marcotte of Coventry, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Wolcott, Masland of Thetford, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, McFaun of Barre Town, McLaughlin of Royalton, Miller of Shaftsbury, Minter of Waterbury, Molloy of Arlington, Mook of Bennington, Morley of Barton, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nitka of Ludlow, Nuovo of Middlebury, Obuchowski of Rockingham, Orr of Charlotte, Partridge of Windham, Pellett of Chester, Perry of Richford, Potter of Clarendon, Randall of Troy, Reese of Pomfret, Rodgers of Glover, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Shand of Weathersfield, Sharpe of Bristol, Smith of Morristown, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Tracy of Burlington, Valliere of Barre City, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Wright of Burlington and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Whereas, Vermont’s shared cultural heritage defines who we are as a people and also defines Vermont as a state, and

Whereas, cultural heritage represents so many diverse aspects of Vermont society, from agriculture and nature to history, the arts, and the humanities, and

Whereas, much of the strength of the Vermont brand, which is so critical to marketing Vermont to visitors, derives from our unique cultural heritage, and

Whereas, these visitors spend more than $1.46 billion annually, which benefits many facets of the Vermont economy, supports 36,470 jobs for Vermonters, and contributes more than $181 million to the general, education, and transportation funds supporting a broad range of programs beneficial to Vermonters, and

Whereas, many statewide organizations and individuals have come together, united in a common and shared purpose and a willingness to invest both time and money in preserving and supporting our cultural resources, and

Whereas, an appreciation of our cultural heritage has numerous social benefits, including creating a greater sense of community, and

Whereas, the period from May 28 to June 27, 2005 includes many of Vermont’s signature summer events, including Open Studio Weekend, Vermont Days, and the Vermont History Expo, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly designates May 28-June 27, 2005 as the first Vermont Cultural Heritage Month and urges Vermonters to participate in the cultural events occurring during this time period, many of which are listed on the world wide web at, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bruce Hyde, commissioner of tourism and marketing.


Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont