Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation 
His Excellency Governor Deval Patrick

Whereas  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a rich four century heritage of artisan craftsmanship and quality furniture; and

Whereas These craftspeople made and continue to make some of the finest furniture known in the United States from the 1600s through today; and

Whereas Cultural institutions such as the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, the Concord Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, Historic Deerfield, Historic New England, Massachusetts Historical Society, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, North Bennet Street School, Old Sturbridge Village, Peabody Essex Museum and other institutions help to celebrate and preserve the industry, organizations and tradition and innovation throughout the Commonwealth; and

Whereas The legacy of these craftspeople,  their work, and these towns as reflected in the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture program serve as a reminder of the skill and ingenuity that the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts continue to represent,  


Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim September 17, 2013, to be,

Massachusetts Furniture 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 twelfth day of September, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency                  

Deval L. Patrick                       
Governor of the Commonwealth          

William Francis Galvin          
Secretary of the Commonwealth  

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts