The city of Merced was incorporated in 1889 and is turning 125 years old in 2014! There will be a community celebration in the summer of 2014, and we are calling on all interested residents to be involved in the planning of this historic occasion. The festivities will recognize early events in our local history, such as the arrival of the railroad and the town’s incorporation, as well as more recent milestones such as the arrival of UC Merced.
We have accomplished a great deal in 125 years, and a lot of hard work has gone into tilling our fertile soil, building our downtown, beautifying our neighborhoods and making Merced a great place to live and work. Merced’s rich history is filled with events that have challenged Mercedians to be resilient, hardworking and innovative. During our celebration, we will commemorate times past and embrace our bright future.
There will be opportunities for residents to lead significant parts of this celebration or take on lesser roles that will require much smaller amounts of time and effort. We need your help making this celebration happen. The kickoff planning meeting was held Nov. 19 but we welcome your thoughts and ideas on how to commemorate this occasion. Look for meeting dates on this page.
Council member Mike Murphy and former Council member Mary-Michal Rawling are the co-chairs of the Merced 125 anniversary celebration. You can contact the committee by phone at 209-385-6834 or by email at Merced125@cityofmerced.org.
Mary-Michal Rawling and Mike Murphy
Come Celebrate as Merced turns 125
Merced commemorates its 125th anniversary at 5:30 p.m. April 1 with a celebration at the Merced Theatre. The Founder’s Day celebration marks the day in 1889 when Merced officially became a City. The celebration will include birthday cake, cupcakes for 800 guests, an oversized birthday card for residents to sign, a choral performance and a time capsule with small items being donated by the public. Rules for submitting items to be considered for the time capsule can be found on the website below. Historic cars will line Main Street in front of the theater for a commemorative photograph.
The community will also enjoy a slide show of Merced’s history prepared for the occasion followed by “Local Boy Makes Good,” the first motion picture shown in the theatre in 1931. The theater is located at Main Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way. All of the April 1 activities are free and copies of the commemorative picture and slide show can be purchased for $20.
The April 1 event is just one of a series of events planned to celebrate Merced’s anniversary. There will be a concert in Courthouse Park on Saturday, May 3rd featuring a variety of local musical talent. In the Fall, Mercy Gulch Days will return in Downtown Merced. For more information on the 125th celebration or to volunteer to help with the festivities go to the City’s website at www.cityofmerced.org, call 209-385-6834 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org