Events, Contests and More!
On June 26, 1873, nearly 150 years ago, Richardson was founded. As we approach the sesquicentennial anniversary this summer, the City is planning a big celebration. Over the next six months leading up to the milestone commemoration, the City will host several events and provide in-depth coverage of Richardson’s century-and-a-half history.
In addition to a summer celebration, planned for June 24, Richardson will open a time capsule that was buried 50 years ago in 1973. The Animal Shelter is campaigning to adopt 150 animals to loving homes beginning Jan. 1, and the Richardson Community Band commissioned a musical piece by noted local composer, David Lovrien, entitled “Ties and Traces” celebrating their 50th anniversary. The piece is performed in three movements which reflect the history of the city from the railroad up to the tech corridor. Richardson Community Band is thrilled to present the world premier performance at their February 19th concert, “Made In Texas” while recognizing and celebrating the 150th anniversary of Richardson. More special events will be announced in the coming weeks.
A new website, www.richardson150th.com, is now available. The website will serve as a Richardson Sesquicentennial one-stop resource for history, events and volunteer opportunities. There is also information about Richardson’s other social media channels dedicated to providing information and stories about the City’s history. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels are available, all using the handle “Richardson150th.”
A logo was created for all 150th Anniversary outreach. The design includes the use of wildflowers, which have become synonymous with Richardson over the years, with an annual citywide planting program and the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. In addition, a tagline— “Built on success year after year”—was developed for use with the logo.
Community organizations and businesses wishing to host events using the 150th branding should contact AskRichardson150th@cor.gov to have the event highlighted through the City’s social media channels. The 150th logo is available for download commercial-free on the Richardson 150th website.
There will be various community involvement opportunities throughout the 150th Anniversary for individuals, companies or group looking to get involved. Those wishing to stay informed of community involvement opportunities should complete the online form available on www.richardson150th.com.
Anyone looking for additional information about Richardson’s 150th celebration can e-mail AskRichardson150th@cor.gov.