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Lincoln County Sesquicentennial ideas

Sesquicentennial ideas and possibilities are listed below:

  • VFW – Planning activities on both Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day (weekend before) 
  • Lincoln County Historical Society/Museum  
    • Revamped/enhanced homestead exhibit  
    • Sunday programs (once a month) on a variety of topics 
    • Website will have virtual tour of historic sites  
    • New signage at historic sites around the county with QR codes that connect to the information on the website 
  • LCEDF 
    • Live Lincoln County magazine featuring 150th anniversary 
    • Historic designations of downtown Lincoln and Sylvan Grove 
  • Chamber – January ‘What’s Up Luncheon’ 
  • Post Rock Festival – Theme will be 150th Anniversary 
  • Methodist Church – The Lincoln church will also be celebrating their 150th Anniversary 
  • Vesper Community Center 
  • Farmers Day, February 8, 2020 
  • Veteran’s appreciation March 28th 
  • One ‘official’ celebration on (or near) the actual date of the anniversary.  This would be sometime around October 6, 2020.  (Jyll Phillips has done some additional research and October 6 is the date the first board, appointed by the governor, divided the land into townships.)

Marketing/Social Media ideas:

  • 150th logo all organizations can use on their letterhead, flyers, etc. 
  • Special hashtag for social media 
  • Add a big 150th logo to all signs entering into the county/communities 
  • Special calendar of events of all the 150th happenings throughout the year 
  • Special page on the Live Lincoln County website 
  • 150th buttons, shirts, etc. 
  • Businesses could pick a day to have a discount/sale and anyone who wears their button into the store that day gets the discount 
  • Historical Twitter feed – i.e. tweeting actual lines from old newspapers, tweets from diaries/letters of past citizens, see this website for examples: http://mentalfloss.com/article/57845/15-twitter-accounts-history-buffs  
  • Snapchat filter 

 

Ideas brainstormed for possible special events/activities:

  • Citywide/countywide spruce up projects 
  •  “Big Penny” project  (similar to the World Largest Czech Egg in Wilson, create the world’s largest Lincoln penny (perhaps even covered in real pennieshttps://www.google.com/search?q=penny+floor&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwijgJLCjqnkAhVDA6wKHS7CDGAQ7AkoAXoECAsQCw&biw=1442&bih=908) 
  • Have a slot for pennies, like a wishing well, that can be opened up in X years 
  • Cemetery tour (in October) 
  • Search for the county’s “Oldest”  
  • Oldest business (with the same name, in the same family, etc.) 
  • Oldest person 
  • Oldest building 
  • Parade Ideas – 150 tractors, 150 wheat truck, 150 horses, etc 
  • School Ideas 
  • Music program 
  • Coloring contest 
  • Kids tour historic sites 
  • Time capsule – open one that already exists and/or create a new one 
  • “Do you recognize this?” photo contest – old houses, bridges, schools, etc. 
  • Recreate historical events 
  • Baseball tournament with ‘town’ teams – follow old rules, ice cream social afterwards 
  • Horse dive 
  • Clown Band (have old photo from Sylvan Grove Clown Band) 
  • Corn structure at the county fair 
  • Do something like Lindsborg’s Living Dala horse – https://www-1.kansas.com/entertainment/article232332522.html  
  • Poster contest 
  • Original KS state flag exhibit – made by Hazel Avery 
  • Recognizing our ghost towns 
  • Caricatures of business owners drawn on their storefront windows (Lincoln did this when celebrating the 100th anniversary) 
  • Geocaching/Scavenger Hunt (similar to Eagle Communication’s Golden Egg Hunt) 
  • Witching for water/graves/etc. 
  • Concert at bandshell 
  • Tour ideas and/or create trail map for:
    • ATV tour of historic sites 
    • Auto trail 
    • Poker run 
    • Bike trails 
  • Create historical timeline 
  • Sporting events 
  • Softball tournament 
  • Kickball tournament 
  • Baseball tournament (see above) 
  • 150th Anniversary Quilt – auctioned off as a fundraiser or donated to the museum – https://www.thereporteronline.com/news/quilt-helps-celebrate-th-anniversary-of-st-michael-s-lutheran/article_6d2a2515-58ee-5641-8a48-e66b58792703.html

 

Possible Topics to explore:  

  • History of each community 
    • Beverly – Colorado Boys, Fire of 1927, Schools 
    • Shady Bend – Discovery of Mystery Stone in 1913 
    • Westfall – Commerce, Suelter Tire Service 
    • Barnard – Early dreams of railroad, commerce, Betty’s Place 
    • Lincoln – County seat fight (Abram to Lincoln), many more that could be listed 
    • Sylvan Grove – Robbery, railroad 
  • Native American History 
  • WPA era 
  • Railroads 
  • Schools 
  • Black settlements in the county 

 

Possible News Stories to explore:  

  • Changes in agricultural practices in the area since 1870
    • Resources might be the county extension agent, area farmers, the historical museum, the K-State or Ft. Hays State Extension programs
  • Changes in energy production over the last 150 years
    • Cow chips
    • Coal mines near Denmark
    • The natural gas pipeline which came through the county around 1925
    • Electricity and the creation of the Rural Electric Cooperative
    • Wind farms
  • Sesquicentennial Farms (150) – Kansas Farm Bureau also annually recognizes Century Farms (100)  that have been in the same family, and deadline to apply for this year is May, 15, 2020. Gather up a list of any Sesquicentennial or Century Farms in Lincoln County.

 

Possible Holidays/Connections to explore:

  • Kansas Day -January 29 – celebrate the life of Hazel Avery who lived in Lincoln, owned a successful millinery shop there, and was the designer of the Kansas State Flag.
  • Lincoln’s birthday or President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • D-Day – June 6 –https://cindyentriken.com
  • Independence Day – celebrate the construction of the Lincoln city park and the Boy Scout cabin by the WPA.
  • Purple Heart Day – August 7 – Lincoln County veterans who received a Purple Heart
  • Women’s Equality Day – August 26 – celebrate the life and work of Dr. Cole and her Sanitarium. If you include her Sanitarium, Lincoln has had at least three hospitals -Dr. Cole’s, Dr. Malcolm Newlan’s hospital which I believe still stands and is a private home, and the current hospital which has been expanded over the years.
  • National POW/MIA Recognition Day — September 18 — Any Lincoln County veterans POWs or MIA during WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, more recent wars
  • Veteran’s Day – November 11 – names of every county resident who served in every war.
  • Pearl Harbor Day – December 7 – celebrate the heroism of Donald K. Ross who was awarded the Medal of Honor https://cindyentriken.com/2014/12/pearl-harbor-two-days-later/
  • Various schools and colleges in Lincoln County
  • Use old postcards to show how business building appearances have changed over the years
  • Celebrate the accomplishments of Lincoln County citizens since 1870 (you’d have to do some research to decide which citizens to include)
  • Milestones in the growth and development of Lincoln County since 1870
  • Another idea is asking residents for old photos that show how some of the houses looked in the past.
  • Major events in Lincoln County since 1870 (old newspapers would give you a place to look, or perhaps the Kansas State Historical Society or the Lincoln County Historical Society)
  • Presentations/displays of the ghost towns of Lincoln County
  • Arrange tours of the county sites which are on the National and State Registers of Historic Places – Kansas Historical Society.
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