City of Charlottesville Announces Kickoff Event to Celebrate250

Day of Events to Partner with Government Services Day

The City of Charlottesville announced today a kickoff day for Celebrate250, the year-long celebration of the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city in 1762. Although these series of events will begin near first of the year, the City will be engaging the community to partner with planners by renaming City Hall Plaza Celebrate 250 Plaza with a public event outside of City Hall at 12:00pm, Friday, September 30th. Other events of the day are free and open to the public:

• Join the 250th Steering Committee, members of City Council, and Celebrate 250 partners for a press event to unveil a new sign to acknowledge a renaming of City Hall Plaza.

• From 10am until 4pm residents and students are encouraged to visit CitySpace to participate in the inaugural partnership between Celebrate250 and Cvillepedia, a product of Charlottesville Tomorrow. Participants will be asked to scan in their photographs and record their stories to be uploaded to Cvillepedia as an online historical initiative to expand the written history of our town. Residents can make an appointment by calling 296-1492.

• Also in CitySpace there will be an historic photograph slideshow of Charlottesville buildings put together by local collector Steve Trumbull as well as an art project for kids to participate in that focuses on their lives in Charlottesville.

• Join local best-selling author, Coy Barefoot, in City Council Chambers at 1:00pm for a pictorial history of Charlottesville that will focus on a wide variety of topics including massive resistance, civil rights, the downtown mall, Vinegar Hill, and economic development.

• These festivities will happen in conjunction with Government Services Day, the city’s annual open house with free services, many giveaways and prizes, fun and safe activities for young students from preschool to middle school, and demonstrations up and down the mall.


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