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

Whereas Winslow Homer is a giant of American art, admired around the world, and a proud son of Massachusetts; and

Whereas He was born in Boston on February 24, 1836, grew up in Cambridge, and lived in Belmont (then West Cambridge) before moving to New York; and

Whereas He then spent much of his working life in Prouts Neck, Maine, but still made time to visit Boston; and

Whereas In his early years Homer “drew what he knew” and this included illustrations and paintings of Boston and Belmont and in the 1870s, Gloucester and the environs; and

Whereas Homer spent his first summer in Gloucester in 1873 and Gloucester today celebrates his summer residence in its Rocky Neck Historic Art Trail; and

Whereas The William Flagg Homer House in Belmont is now being opened for public tours with a Winslow Homer narrative,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim February 24th, 2014, to be,

WINSLOW HOMER 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 tenth day of February, in the year two thousand and fourteen, 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