Bicentennial celebration begins in Union County
NEW BERLIN — Union County’s commemorative bicentennial celebration was kicked off Friday at the former Union County Courthouse in New Berlin. Citizens and officials as well as the 17th Judicial District Court of Common Pleas gathered to celebrate the 200 years since Union County’s partition from Northumberland County. Bicentennial Co-Chair and County Commissioner John Showers spoke about the significance of the event.
“It’s important we remember our history. They say you don’t know where you’ve been and you won’t know where you’re going. That’s what it’s all about; it’s about learning the stories, talking to people, discovering what our community is all about.”
With over 4 years of planning, the celebration boasts over 80 county-wide events that will run until November 22nd. Parades, reenactments, fairs, concerts, and the rededication of old buildings for various purposes are among the many events to take place in the next 8 months. County Commissioner Chair Preston Boop reflected on the focus of the celebration.
“we very much want a large focus of this bicentennial year to be about this community we call union county. Our bicentennial committee has captured the same spirit in building a celebration that embraces all aspects of Union County, all municipalities, all corners of the county. And we are working to pull citizens and communities together. We are working to build communities and in turn, build Union County’s future.”
Union County plans to use some of the proceeds of the planned events to purchase a sculpture of the historically present bison for each of its municipalities to paint and display. The rest, they said, will fund charities and other causes for years to come. (Carrie Haines)