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Sesquincentennial Committee holds Initial Meeting

In 2023 the Village of Arthur will be celebrating its sesquicentennial; 150 years of history from 1873 to the present and on to the future as well.

With that in mind an initial meeting of the Sesquicentennial committee was held on Thursday, March 4 at the community building.

A mission statement for the group was put forth and it states: “The purpose of the Arthur Sesquicentennial Committee is to raise awareness of Arthur’s upcoming 150th anniversary of its founding in 1873 and help initiate and implement programs in celebration of the event.”

Many ideas were discussed, some of which are:

•Communicate with local government, civic and social organizations, churches, businesses and schools to coordinate activities for the event.

•Design a Sesquicentennial logo.

•Implement an historical marker program.

•Develop an Arthur Sesquicentennial coin program.

•Prepare for the opening of the time capsule located in the Arthur Welcome Center and ready a new time capsule.

•Compile an Arthur history book.

•Produce a community yearbook of businesses, people, events, etc.

•Consider fundraising efforts for events associated with the sesquicentennial.

•Make this not only a celebration of our past but of the future of Arthur.

This effort is of course still very much in the preliminary planning stages. Ideas presented will more than likely change and develop as we move along. The hope is to make it a yearlong celebration incorporating sesquicentennial events into already established local happenings.

Where do you come in? This is a big undertaking and will require some effort to bring it to fruition but we know that the people of Arthur are up for a challenge and have always, in the past, stepped up to help. Not to mention that it will be a lot of fun to be a part of something this historic. Our next meeting is set for Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the community building. Please join us to learn more about what we are about, what the plans are and how you can help. Hope to see you there!

For more information, contact Rod Randall at 217-543-3133 or email

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