WHEREAS, the month of February has unusual historical significance both in the nation and the state; and

WHEREAS, it is quite in order to call attention to the exploits of patriots and events of importance which will help to re-establish our faith in the American system of government; and

WHEREAS, the month marks not only the birthday anniversaries of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, but includes anniversaries of such historic facts as the death of John Dickinson in 1808; the arrival of Johann Printz, new governor of New Sweden in 1643; the resignation of John M. Clayton as Senator to become President Zachary Taylor's U. S. Secretary of State in 1849 ; and the birth in Ireland of John McKinly, first president of Delaware in 1721; and

WHEREAS, it is important that our schools and colleges, both public and private, take part in such observances as will call attention to the valuable contributions made to history on the national and state level ; now

THEREFORE, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, do hereby proclaim that the month of February, 1956, be marked in this state as


I direct our public school officials and all others willing to cooperate, to take cognizance of this period by urging history and civics teachers to stress these events and generally broaden the knowledge of our children on these subjects. I further hope that patriotic organizations will join in fitting tributes to individuals and occurrences during this historic month. From such action I believe we can all achieve greater appreciation of our country's background and culture.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, J. Caleb Boggs, Governor of the State of Delaware, have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the said State to be hereunto affixed at Dover, this

(Great Seal) Twenty-sixth day of January in the year of Our Lord One thousand nine hundred and fifty-six, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the one hundred and eightieth.

J. CALEB BOGGS, Governor JOHN N. McDOWELL, Secretary of State