SJR 22: Relating to the National Museum of Women's History and the National Museum of Women's History Alaska Council.
00SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 22 01 Relating to the National Museum of Women's History and the National Museum 02 of Women's History Alaska Council. 03 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 WHEREAS knowledge of one's heritage and a pride in past accomplishments are 05 critical to developing a personal and collective sense of competence and potential; and 06 WHEREAS the historical contributions of women to civilization and to our nation 07 have gone unrecognized or are misunderstood, leaving a gap in our nation's historical record; 08 and 09 WHEREAS a National Museum of Women's History is needed to profile the specific 10 achievements that individual women have made to all aspects of human endeavor and to 11 explore and celebrate the contributions that women have made in their various roles in family 12 and society; and 13 WHEREAS, for the first time in our nation's history, the founders of the Women's 14 Suffrage Movement are being honored in the United States Capitol Rotunda due in large part
01 to the efforts of the National Museum of Women's History, which raised $85,000 and 02 generated public support to move a statue of Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Stanton, and Susan B. 03 Anthony to the rotunda after 76 years of storage in the Capitol; and 04 WHEREAS the National Museum of Women's History is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 05 educational institution dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many contributions and 06 diverse heritage of women throughout history; and 07 WHEREAS legislation has been introduced and bipartisan support has been gained in 08 the United States Congress to provide space in an existing federal building in Washington, 09 D.C., for the National Museum of Women's History; and 10 WHEREAS the National Museum of Women's History is expected to serve 2,500,000 11 visitors each year when it is located in Washington, D.C., and to serve many millions more 12 with its traveling exhibits and cyber museum; 13 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the 106th United States 14 Congress to allocate a physical site for the National Museum of Women's History close to The 15 Mall in Washington, D.C., before adjournment; and be it 16 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States 17 Congress to establish an advisory committee on the National Museum of Women's History to 18 oversee the selection of an appropriate location for the museum and to develop a business plan 19 for the museum's operation and maintenance, which will be funded solely through private 20 contributions by the American people; and be it 21 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges public support for 22 the National Museum of Women's History Alaska Council, a branch of the National Museum 23 of Women's History, being established in Alaska in its efforts to preserve and celebrate the 24 achievements of Alaska women and to raise private funds to create a cyber exhibit on Alaska 25 women. 26 COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to Karen Staser, President, National Museum 27 of Women's History; and to the Honorable Ted Stevens and the Honorable Frank Murkowski, 28 U.S. Senators, and the Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska 29 delegation in Congress.