Today is Patriot’s Day here in Massachusetts which means no work for me. Let’s hear it for 3 day weekends! So, because I’m in a patriotic mood and all, I thought this would be a good time to show the photos I took on a trip we made to the State House a couple of weeks ago.
Every year in April we take a bus to the State House to lobby for libraries. I fondly refer to the bus full of library supporters as the “freedom bus” and it drops us off right in front of the State House which is quite convenient. This year Dale had the day off and I invited him to go with me. He had never been inside the State House before and was excited to go along. Frankly, the man loves his libraries and his librarians and he’d do anything to spend a day with his favorite people in an historical setting.
We registered, had coffee and cheese danish (mmmm!) in the Great Hall and then went off to listen to various speakers extol the virtues of libraries. We then spent some time speaking with our representatives and explaining to them the legislative agenda in support of libraries. The budget in Massachusetts is tough this year and money for libraries will be hard won but we’re hoping to see some increases. Once we got all the business out of the way we had some free time to do a little sight seeing.
Dale loved the Hall of Flags and spent a (really) long time studying the various Civil War flag transparencies on display. The State House has over 400 flags in its collection and supposedly rotates these images but I haven’t seen them changed in years.
I’ve always been enchanted by the stained glass skylight but never knew until this trip that the seals around the center Massachusetts seal are actually the seals of the original 13 colonies. Leave it to Dale to find that out.
After a fabulous lunch of sandwiches and quite possibly the best brownies ever, it was time to board the bus and head for home. We did so filled with the knowledge that we had done our part for libraries that day. Now we just have to sit back and see if the legislators do their part, too.