Society to honor towns bicentennial
The Yellow Springs Historical Society wants 2003 to be a year when villagers
focus on local history by celebrating the Yellow Springs bicentennial.
We want people to understand our history, to savor it and to remember
it, said Historical Society member Mary Morgan.
The group will celebrate village history with an event-filled weekend
on the 4th of July, starting with a parade on Friday, July 4. Its
not too soon, said Morgan, for local groups, businesses and churches to
start thinking about how theyd like to be represented in the parade.
Historical floats or events are encouraged, but villagers may participate
in any way they want, Morgan said. That night, the community will celebrate
the Independence Day with the traditional fireworks display at Gaunt Park.
The celebration will continue the following day, Saturday, July 5, with
a day-long event in front of the Bryan Community Center. Activities, including
dancing, music and storytelling, will highlight local history and historical
figures, Morgan said. The day will culminate with an original historical
play by local playwright Louise Smith, which is partially being funded
by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council, according to Morgan.
The year 2003 is significant because 200 years ago, in 1803, the towns
first settler, Lewis Davis, made the first purchase of land by the Yellow
This year is also the bicentennial celebration for the state of Ohio and
for Greene County.
The bicentennial can be a way for all local residents to come together,
said Morgan, who encourages residents to invite their grown children or
old friends who moved away to return to town for the 4th of July weekend.
Learning our history helps us understand the world around us, and
how our town came to be, Morgan said.
Those interested in participating or in sharing thoughts about how to
celebrate the bicentennial are encouraged to contact Morgan at 767-7516,
Beth Holyoke at 767-1583, Bill Mullins at 767-3361, Ellen Hoover at 767-9338,
Faith Skidmore at 767-2691, June Varner at 767-7946, or Nina Myatt and
Scott Sanders at Antiochiana, 767-1237.
The Yellow Springs Historical Societys Web site is www.yshistory.org.