Archive for Thursday, August 16, 2007

Year to celebrate our rich heritage

August 16, 2007

It's going to be quite the year for anniversary celebrations in and around the Baldwin City community this year.

We got the first real taste of that last week when the well-loved Vinland Fair, a bastion for good old-fashioned farm family fun and food, celebrated its centennial. It's amazing to see something so wholesome survive 100 years. Thank God it has.

Also celebrating a birthday last week was the Midland Railway. It only turned 20, but that's still a milestone. Baldwin City is fortunate to have such an attraction, historic that it is, too. It attracts thousands of people to the city every year.

Another sign of the biggest celebration in store showed up big this week. Baker University, the oldest university in the state, turns 150 next year. It's going to be a yearlong celebration with numerous events along the way. This week's Signal includes the annual Baker Edition, which is devoted to the sesquicentennial. It's an interesting read and outlines in detail the many celebrations planned to mark the major milestone.

Baker University and Baldwin City go hand in hand and that's been going on for a very long time. The city grew up around the university and that's still going on today. Baldwin City is lucky to have Baker and vice versa. It should be a grand year of celebrating Baker's 150 years and the city will mark that event soon.

But, that's not all. The Maple Leaf Festival, which Baldwin City is known for in addition to the university, will be celebrating its golden anniversary, number 50, in October. There will be numerous events and noteworthy activities for that before, during and probably after the third weekend in October.

And, this string of big birthdays got its start last year when the Battle of Black Jack marked its 150th anniversary. That brought attention to the area's long and rich history.

Once again we'll say how lucky we are to call this home. We have many reasons that make Baldwin City so very different from any other community. The history is just unbelievable. Soak it up and enjoy. There's more yet to come.

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