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 1                          SENATE RESOLUTION
 2        WHEREAS, The National Museum of Coal Mining ("Museum") is
 3    a not-for-profit corporation organized and   incorporated  in
 4    the State of Illinois; and
 5        WHEREAS,  The  Museum is the only national institution of
 6    its kind in the Nation dedicated to telling the story of  the
 7    coal industry as it has affected our national heritage and as
 8    it will affect our future; and
 9        WHEREAS,  The National Museum of Coal Mining is comprised
10    of 2 facilities  located in West Frankfort,  Illinois,  which
11    in  combination  represent   the largest mining exhibition in
12    the world;  one facility, the  historic  Orient  2,  was  the
13    largest  coal mine in the world for more than 40 years, holds
14    the world's single-shift hoisting record, and was  the  first
15    completely mechanized mine in the world; the second facility,
16    known  as  Mine  25,  is  an  intact, modern underground mine
17    complex which the public may tour 600 feet  below  ground  to
18    visualize historic and current mining methods; and
19        WHEREAS,  The National Museum of Coal Mining is organized
20    exclusively for    charitable,  educational,  and  scientific
21    purposes; and
22        WHEREAS,  The  general objects and purposes of the Museum
23    are  those  provided  in  its  articles   of   incorporation,
24    including but not limited to the following: (1) to inform and
25    educate  the  public  regarding  the development, mining, and
26    utilization of coal  and  other  mineral  resources;  (2)  to
27    document,   restore,   archive,  and  display  artifacts  and
28    equipment relating to coal mining and coal  consumption;  (3)
29    to  foster,  promote, and encourage a better understanding of
30    the origins and growth of coal mining and the part mining has
31    played in changing the economic, social,  technological,  and
32    scientific  aspects  of our Nation; (4)  to operate, restore,
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 1    and create  one  or  several  operating  or  model  mines  to
 2    demonstrate  to the public the art and science of coal mining
 3    and to serve to  train  and  educate  persons  interested  or
 4    employed  in  the  industry,  mining  methods,  history,  and
 5    procedure;  (5)   to  establish  and  maintain  a library and
 6    museum  for  collecting  and  preserving  for  posterity  the
 7    history of coal mining instrumentalities, organizations,  and
 8    individuals;   and   (6)   to  cooperate  with  other  mining
 9    organizations that are actively engaged   and  interested  in
10    similar projects.
11        WHEREAS,  The National Museum of Coal Mining is seeking a
12    Federal Charter from the United States Congress; and
13        WHEREAS, Federal Charter status will enhance  the  public
14    profile  of  the  Museum  and thereby increase tourism at the
15    Museum and the number of jobs created in Illinois;  therefore
16    be it
18    OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that this Body urges  the  Illinois
19    Delegation  to  the  United  States  Congress  to support the
20    granting of Federal Charter status to the National Museum  of
21    Coal Mining; and be it further
22        RESOLVED,  That  suitable  copies  of  this resolution be
23    forwarded to the members of the Illinois  delegation  to  the
24    United  States Congress, the Majority and Minority leaders of
25    the United States Senate, and the Governor of this State.

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