Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas On March 6, 1762 the Housatonic Plantation No. 3 was incorporated as the town of Sandisfield, named in honor of Lord Sandys; and

Whereas Sandisfield became one of the most productive agricultural centers in western Massachusetts, noted for dairy products, especially cheese and butter, leather goods from numerous tanneries, maple sugar from more than 25,000 maple trees and for lumber from its 52 square miles of forest, an industry which remains important today; and

Whereas Notable residents include George Hull, the first postmaster who later served as Lieutenant Governor; the Rev. Edmund Hamilton Sears, the author of the celebrated carol, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear; Elizur Smith, whose company invented the process for making grades of paper; and town historian George Shepard and correspondent Henry Manley; and

Whereas Its young men were Patriots who served with distinction in the Revolutionary War, many dying in  service to their country, including 22 heroes of the Civil War; and

Whereas Sandisfield experienced periods of increased immigration which contributed to its diverse heritage, beginning with Irish immigrants in the 1850s, and later Finns in the early 1900s, and later still by a large colony of displaced Jews from eastern Europe;  and

Whereas Since colonial time, the people of the town of Sandisfield have contributed to the historical, educational and industrial growth of the Commonwealth; and

Whereas On this day, the town of Sandisfield celebrates its 250th anniversary,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim March 6, 2012,  to be

Sandisfield Day

And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-eighth day of February, in the year two thousand and twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth.

His Excellency                  
Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth 

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts