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US: 5,000 Town Meetings

Town Meeting Forums in Every County of the United States

The Campaign

In the United States there was a campaign created around the U.S. 200th Bicentennial in 1976 to do 5,000 Town Meetings across the country, one in every county (the U.S. has 3,142 counties).

Each state had its own approach to the national campaign.  Starting in 1974, ICA offices began ‘golding’ the counties as they held Town Meetings and shaded the county ‘gold’ on a map until all the counties were completed. The following are stories and documentation of that effort from 1974-77.


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