YOU’RE INVITED to celebrate Huntington’s Sesquicentennial in 2021!
The 150th Anniversary in 2021 will highlight Huntington’s past, present and future. This year-long campaign will focus on positive stories within our city’s neighborhoods and beyond through various events, collaborations, initiatives and more. Our vision is to showcase that Huntington is “always home,” no matter where you find yourself.
Huntington City Council Microgrants
WHAT WE HAVE PLANNED
Feb. 27, 2021: “The Good Time Show with Michael Valentine”
This virtual variety show will highlight Huntington’s official birthday with a blend of familiar faces in a myriad of formats, from skits to musical acts. More information will be released in January and February.
On February 27, 2021, we will host an in-person or virtual signature event. This date is important because it’s the actual day our Articles of Incorporation were formed, officially declaring Huntington as a city. In October 2021, we will also celebrate our founder, Collis P. Huntington, by partaking in another event to commemorate his 200th birthday.
April 16, 2021: Mountain Stage Concert
The NPR international live radio program Mountain Stage, in conjunction with Marshall Artists Series and the City of Huntington, will host a sesquicentennial-themed concert on Friday, April 16, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. This rain-or-shine event will take place at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, and all local, state and federal safety guidelines will be followed.
Tickets go on sale on Jan. 25. General admission tickets are $60, with fees and taxes included in the price. Performing artists will be announced at a later date. For more information, visit www.mountainstage.org and www.marshallartistsseries.org.
Learn more www.marshallartistsseries.org.
Oct. 22, 2021: Time Capsule and Museum Exhibit
The closing of the time capsule on Oct. 22 will culminate a year of anniversary-themed events, in addition to celebrating the city’s founder Collis P. Huntington’s 200th birthday. A separate Huntington 150 subcommittee is working on the time capsule logistics for 2021, and the public’s involvement is encouraged. More information will be made available at a later date.
In addition, the Huntington Museum of Art will tentatively host an opening reception of its Huntington Sesquicentennial Exhibit on Oct. 22. The exhibit will be on view from Sept. 18, 2021, through Jan. 16, 2022. The museum will also release a biographical dictionary containing more than 700 biographies of artists who made their home in Huntington at some point in their careers.
IN 2021 We will have a presence at various Huntington events throughout the year and will continue to establish partnerships with individuals, business, organizations and other entities in Huntington.
HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED
MAKE THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY PART OF YOUR EVENT IN 2021. Use our collections of templates to get started and add the sesquicentennial theme to your in-person or virtual events. If you’re not hosting an event, celebrate by attending one!
SPONSOR OUR CELEBRATION. If you’re a small business, larger organization or part of another sector, be a year-long sponsor of our activities. We offer different levels and perks of being a sponsor — besides being part of history! See sponsorship opportunities here.
SHARE YOUR STORY. All of us have a story about Huntington to tell. Whether you remember bygone days or are a new transplant to The Jewel City, we want to hear from you! Be part of our 150 Stories initiative (see below).
PURCHASE A 150TH THEMED PRODUCT. Starting in Fall 2020 and leading into 2021, we will offer a commemorative, limited edition collection of Blenko products, including water vases and sundials. More items may also be added.
CONTRIBUTE INDIVIDUALLY. Contribute financially to our 150th Anniversary Fund. Volunteer for a 150-sponsored or partner event, whether it’s a city cleanup or helping at a signature Huntington event.
SHARE YOUR STORY WITH US
We are now collecting stories from community members to commemorate Huntington’s vibrant history and to showcase why residents love Huntington. We are seeking 50 stories, in both written and video formats for our time capsule, social media posts and other storytelling methods in 2021.
Starting in 2021, we will choose one story to release per week, and a total of 50 stories will also be an integral part of our time capsule.
Download the Huntington 150 materials here. The logo, templates, media kit, 150 and other materials are available for your use.
Commemorative Huntington 150 Blenko Glass Items Now Available
The water pitchers are $100 and the medallions are $20. All of the proceeds from the sales of the pitchers and medallions will go to the Foundation for the Tri-state Community to support the 150th Anniversary committee’s work for the rest of 2020 and throughout 2021.
You can purchase either of the commemorative pieces at any of the following locations this holiday season and in 2021:
The Red Caboose 210 11th St., Huntington, W.Va. 25701
The items may also be purchased online at shoptheredcaboosewv.com. More information, including pickup and shipping, will be available on the website.