1946 Green Mountain Boys State American Legion Vermont Materials Teen Government

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These Green Mountain Boys are high schoolers who participate in an American Legion program wherein they pretend that there is democracy and stuff, and they hold elections and maybe they even govern something. I haven't looked into it that deeply. There was a Girls' State, too, I think. Anyway, this collection of material belonged to a participant in the 1946 iteration by the name of Ed Kuprinsky, who attended Springfield High School. There are 6 issues of the newspaper sort of thing, I think the complete run. There is a photograph of some buildings, which I take to be the location of their experiment in the fantasy of democracy. There is a "Constable" ribbon attached to a pin with Kuprinsky's name written on it. There is a primary ballot for the "Federalist Party," with our boy running at the top of the ticket. There are certificates, too! One for merit, one for baseball, one for basketball, one for attendance, all with pretty American Legion stamps on them. It's a wonder Ed found the time to run for Governor. There are 4 newspaper clippings, and sadly Ed did not win, but he later went on to get his revenge in real life as an FBI agent, but lets not talk about that. Most of these items are stuck to scrapbook pages, as photographed. After the photos, I trimmed the pages slightly to fit in my storage box. Then there is a bound group of pages including "rules," a list of officers, "Seating Plan For Armory," a couple of oaths, some kind of point system thing, a daily schedule, with notes added, for June 16 through the 22nd, and lyrics for 18 songs, including "The Star Spangled Banner." I guess it was a game, like the Dungeons & Dragons of its day. I think they still play it now, too, though it is probably harder to suspend the disbelief nowadays, what with this being the land of the Great Satan and all. It was a simpler time.

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