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

Whereas The art of puppetry enhances and enriches the lives of children and adults, and provides a unique opportunity for creative expression; and

Whereas Massachusetts is home to two of New England’s oldest and most prominent organizations devoted to the art of puppetry, the Puppet Showplace Theatre and the Boston Area Guild of Puppetry; and

Whereas The Puppet Showplace Theatre, a non-profit organization, has brought to the children, adults and families of Brookline, as well as Massachusetts and New England, a continuous program of high-quality performances since 1974 as the first and only year-round puppet theater in Massachusetts and New England, and one of the four oldest puppet theaters in the United States; and

Whereas The Boston Area Guild of Puppetry, a chartered guild of the Puppeteers of America since 1961, has provided puppeteers and puppet enthusiasts with the opportunity for collaboration and education; and

Whereas The Puppeteers of America, Inc., a national non profit corporation founded in 1937 to encourage and promote puppetry as a means of expression, and as a performing art both professional and amateur, has declared April 26, 2014, to be National Day of Puppetry; and

Whereas Puppet shows, exhibits, workshops and celebrations of the art form will take place at the Puppet Showplace Theatre in Brookline, as well as festivals, exhibits and other puppetry activities throughout the nation,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim April 26th, 2014, to be,

MASSACHUSETTS DAY OF PUPPETRY

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 third day of April, 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