By Associated Press - Saturday, April 25, 2015

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy is being honored by the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury.

Museum officials on Saturday will present Leahy with their annual Franklin Fairbanks Award, which recognizes “outstanding achievements by an individual that have significantly enriched regional or national awareness and understanding of our cultural heritage or the natural world.”

The museum says Leahy is the longest serving Senate Regent on the Smithsonian Institution’s Board of Regents, the governing board of the museums, research facilities and historical collections based in Washington.

The Franklin Fairbanks Award was created in 1988 and is named after the museum’s founder. Leahy will be presented the award at 5:15 p.m.

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