Association of Centers for the Study of Congress introduces Congress Week at NMSU

September 7, 2010 by Kristina Medley, NMSU News Center

The Association of Centers for the Study of Congress (ACSC) will sponsor the first annual “Congress Week” in September with the theme “Main Street to Capitol Hill.”

Congress Week, Sept. 13-17, is a national initiative which will coincide with the commemoration of Constitution Day on Sept. 17 and is intended to promote the study of Congress and highlight its significant constitutional roles.

At New Mexico State University, the week will be observed with displays of documents from the Sen. Pete V. Domenici collection, illustrating how information and opinions are sent back and forth between members of Congress and their constituents. Items from the government documents department at NMSU will also be displayed.

“This is a new and important celebration,” said Cary Osborne, political papers archivist at NMSU. “I work with information on bills, debates and correspondence that document the processes by which laws are discussed and passed.”

Osborne said the week will be an important learning opportunity for the NMSU community.

“What happens in Congress affects us all,” Osborne said. “We in the archives are happy to coordinate with Dotty Ormes in government documents to arrange displays from our documents. We hope that they will give those who see it an idea of how individuals express their feelings on issues and how they may affect legislation.”

The ACSC was founded in 2003 as an independent alliance of the institutions and organizations that support a wide range of programs designed to inform and educate students, scholars, policy-makers and members of the general public on the history of Congress, legislative process and current issues facing Congress. The ACSC welcomes the participation of institutions and individuals committed to the goal of promoting a better understanding of Congress.

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