Monday, January 20, 2014

Livingston's 200th: A Recap

The Livingston Bicentennial Historical Committee had their final meeting last week to celebrate their accomplishments in making Livingston's 200th Anniversary in 2013 the best it could be. For me it was the culmination of two years of researching Livingston's founding fathers, tracking down descendants, and providing costumes for various events. Below are some of the events that were held last year.  

January 1st, 2013. Kick-off event. Livingston Township Organizational Meeting where the new mayor and town council were officially sworn in. That's Governor William Livingston (1723-1790) on the right :)

January 24th, 2013. Volunteer Appreciation Celebration where all town volunteers received medallions for their years of service.

February 5th, 2013. A descendant of founding father Aaron Beach (1767-1826) stands in front of her Genealogy Board. More info about this event in last February's blog.

 April 11th, 2013. Greeters at Livingston's "First Town Meeting" where . . .

. . . Governor Chris Christie, a Livingston High School graduate, was the featured guest. 

May 22nd, 2013. The film, "Livingston's Military Heroes In Their Own Words," debuted at the Library. Through interviews veterans told stories of their military service.  

May 23rd, 2013. The West Essex YMCA held A Diversity Festival with live music, cultural performances, a fashion show and food samples from around the world.

May 25th, 2013. As part of Youth Appreciation Week, a Family Festival was held at the high school.  We had a table of early crafts and games.

May 27th, 2013. Members of our committee riding in the Memorial Day Parade.

September 23rd, 2013. Bus tours of Livingston's Historic Sites were one of the events offered on Family Picnic Day. We put up 45 signs. This one is in front of our house--the oldest in Livingston.

Large vintage photo stands were placed throughout the grounds of The Force Home. 


October 26th, 2013.  A Bicentennial Haunting was held at the Ely Cemetery where costumed actors and actresses portrayed some of the people who are buried there. A student as Emma Samo (1799-1874).

 Photo by Susan Cai

We had a wonderful chairperson who never ran out of ideas and a great group of volunteers who made them happen! 

Copyright 2014, Barbara Schaffer

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