Adams County Bicentennial
The Program Committee continues their hard work, striving to put together a range of events to celebrate this event.
January 22nd Event: Plans continue for a program at the Riegle Auditorium at the Gettysburg Middle School followed by a luncheon at the Dobbin House. The evening Ball, at the Eisenhower Inn, will offer hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and two alternating bands from 7:30pm - 11:30pm.
Band Kick-off Event: Confirmation has been made for the Bicentennial Band to play at the Gettysburg Rec Park on June 20th. A free 6:00pm ice cream/strawberry social will precede the 7:00pm concert.
Bicentennial Band Concerts: New Oxford has been confirmed for Sept. 26th and Littlestown on Oct. 10th. At present, the band numbers about 65 with clarinets and french horns in short supply.
Parade: A request has been made for a Sept. 11th parade in Gettysburg.
Bicentennial Photo Calendar: Dated Adams County history has been received from the Research Committee and is in the process of being inserted into the appropriate calendar months. The timetable to go to the printers is still mid-May.
Adams County Arts Council: The Council has given the Bicentennial Committee $500 to cover the cost of music purchased by the Bicentennial Band. Their "Continental Harmony" Music Project is underway.
Church Programs: Churches will soon be sent letters asking them to participate in the Bicentennial by a) Ringing Church bells on Friday, January 21 at 7:00pm or at noon on Saturday, January 22, b) Ecumenical services, c) Church bullentins to be prepared by Rev. Weiser and Dr. Glatfelter, d) Displays of their church history and e) Old cemetery tours.
Festivals: Plans are underway to attend various annual festivals around the county throughout the year. The Bicentennial Committee will distribute brochures and sell Bicentennial items.
Motorcoach tour of Adams County: This project is on-going.
Living History Faire: Tentative dates are Thurs - Sun, May 11-14, 2000 at the tentative location of the McKesson Farm in Liberty Township.
The Research Committee has provided the Program Committee with more than 700 pieces of information on life in Adams County since the 18th century. The Program Committee will select from this information items to be used in the anniversary calendar.
A "time-line" for the web site is being developed, utilizing the above noted information along with additional items.
The Research Committee is responsible for the production of approximately 300 vignettes/stories/reports of Adams County. These will be approximately 100 words each and will be "self-contained" as a story, etc.
Congratulations to Zachary Wilson, Chairperson and Jessica Runk, Secretary, who were
selected for their respective offices at the January meeting of the Education
Committee. Zachary and Jessica are students at Littlestown High School. Susan
Morris, Gettysburg High School teacher and committee member reported to the committee that
Dr. David Mowery, Gettysburg Superintendent, will support district Bicentennial events by
making mini-grants available at each building to support planned activities.
A meeting will be held with elementary principals from Adams County May 5 to solicit their support for Bicentennial Celebration Activities and to brainstorm ideas how the Bicentennial Theme can be woven into the curriculum during the 1999-2000 school year.
Other programs: HACC will include information on Adams County History in their Fall and Spring programs. High school students are working on a one-room schoolhouse project, including a driving tour to those that still exist as school houses. The committee is engaging "The Hildebrands", who have developed a musical program on colonial music for several school and public concerts.
Mr. William Swanger, retired social studies teacher from New Oxford High School, is welcomed as a new member to the Education Committee.