Glenwood City Commissioners declared 2016 as the “official 150th anniversary of the founding of Glenwood.”
That action took place at last Tuesday’s regular city commission meeting after the city had received a proclamation recognizing the 150th anniversary year signed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.
In September, the city commission allocated about $5,000 to kick off fundraising for the celebration, with much of that money going to purchase commemorative signage for street signs in the downtown area. The money was also used to help fund a 150th anniversary logo and provided support for efforts by a planning committee to begin work on the year-long celebration. The 150th committee is a subcommittee of the Comprehensive Community Improvement Initiative (CCII).
The committee has already planned monthly events celebrating the city’s founding and the first project was recently completed—a commemorative calendar featuring 12 businesses and organizations as well as all the events scheduled throughout the year. That commemorative calendar goes on sale this week, according to Karina Mork, who chairs the committee working on events for the year-long celebration.
The celebration kicks off on Jan. 12 with a special 150th anniversary announcement at the Glenwood City Commission meeting and the unveiling of the commemorative street signs. A time capsule has also been purchased and will be available at city hall that night as well as at all the events planned throughout the year. Also, on Friday, Jan. 8, Central Square will host a 150th event called Fire and Ice that will feature a bonfire, hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows, sledding and a movie.
More details on the year-long celebration will be featured in future issues of the Pope County Tribune and all the events are posted on the commemorative calendar.