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Inaugural Addresses

01/08/09 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm

Governor Jim Douglas is preparing to take to the podium and deliver his fourth inaugural address. And as he makes his final revisions, Vermont Edition looks into the history of the speech itself with Vermont state archivist Gregory Sanford and longtime reporter Chris Graff. We explore what themes resurface time and time again, and look at some of the most powerful and moving inaugural moments in our state's history.(Listen)

Also on the program, we hear about a statehouse mentoring program called Girls Rock the Capital, sponsored by the Girl Scout Council of Vermont. Carmel Quinn, director of Teen Programs for the scouts, describes what happens when legislators serve as mentors to Vermont girls.(Listen)

And in our ongoing series on the Vermont Statehouse, curator David Schutz takes us to the basement. It's a room that's out of public view and is rarely used these days. But for legislators in the late 1800's it was a place that provided a necessary "relief." (Listen)

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