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October 18, 2007

Secretary of State Deb Markowitz Unveils New Civics Education Publication for Kids

Under The Golden Dome

A State House Tour Booklet Published by Secretary of State’s Office

Essex Junction, VT. Secretary of State Deb Markowitz today unveiled the newest civics education publication created by the Secretary of State’s office. The booklet was released at the Vermont National Education Association conference at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds where Markowitz displayed the many civics programs her office offers free of charge to Vermont educators. Under The Golden Dome: A State House Tour Booklet was created in collaboration with the Statehouse tour staff. The booklet is designed to help classes get the most from their field trips to Montpelier.

“Under The Golden Dome is designed to ensure that every student comes away from the Capitol with a deeper appreciation for the history of the building and the important work that goes on beneath its golden dome.” explains Secretary Markowitz. “The booklet introduces elementary students to the history of the Capitol building as well as how the legislative process works. It will help keep students focused and engaged during their tour, and it provides additional activities that can be completed back in the classroom.”

In 2005, the Secretary of State’s office developed a role-play tour of the Statehouse to help older students experience the legislative process first-hand. Markowitz said, “The popularity of the role play tour led us to look for a way to make Statehouse tours more engaging for the younger students as well.” Under The Golden Dome was conceived by Secretary Markowitz and then written in part and illustrated by three students from Montpelier who served as interns in the Secretary’s office. The students, Aleah Starr, Allie Francis and Maayan Cohen were recognized by Secretary Markowitz for their hard work and dedication to the project. Markowitz also recognized the contributions of Alice Merrill, State House Tour Coordinator; David Schutz, State Curator; and Sigrid Lumbra, Social Studies Coordinator, Vermont Department of Education.

Under The Golden Dome is one of the many programs that the Secretary of State’s office offers to teachers free of charge to enhance their school’s civics education curriculum. All of the programs meet Vermont’s educational teaching standards and can be viewed and ordered online at the Secretary of State’s Kids’ Pages at,

Source: Secretary of State
Last Updated at: October 18, 2007 10:28:49