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    September 27, 2021

    Celebrating the Sesquicentennial: 150th Anniversary Update

    150th anniversary

     

    Nov. 29, 2021 marks the official 150th anniversary of the City of Bryan’s incorporation, and you’re invited to take part in upcoming activities celebrating this exciting milestone.

    Visit the history display

    In the “150 Collection,” more than 30 items are on display at Clara B. Mounce Public Library and the Carnegie History Center for the city’s 150th anniversary. These items spam more than 150 years of cultural history in the community, including documents, photos and items that tell the story of Bryan. The exhibit is interactive, allowing visitors to scan QR codes to see more information about each item. Members of the public are encouraged to visit the display during the libraries’ open hours.

    Immerse yourself in history online

    An interactive, media-rich timeline of Bryan’s history is now available to view on the 150th Anniversary website, 150.bryantx.gov. Visitors can read stories, watch videos and see photos and documents detailing the milestones in Bryan’s long history. You will hear from current and past community members about what living in Bryan was like, and learn more about the connections between Bryan, Stephen F. Austin, Harvey Mitchell and Texas A&M University.

    History tours

    Destination Bryan has two options for community members to experience history themselves through history tours:

    • Guided history tours: In-person tours will be offered on Oct. 1 and Nov. 5 that will lead participants around historical sites in Downtown Bryan. The tours are free, but RSVPs are required. Look for signups available at 150.bryantx.gov about two weeks before the tours.
    • Self-led history tours: Take a tour of the historical sites in Bryan on your own time, and earn prizes along the way. Participate in the mobile history tour by checking in at each location by Dec. 31 to win a Bryan gift pack. Details at DestinationBryan.com/history.

    Time Capsule

    Join the Bryan City Council in sending off a piece of 2021 to the future on Nov. 9 as they bury a time capsule in front of the Municipal Office Building. The capsule will include a variety of items indicative of current times in hopes of giving our descendants a glimpse of what it was like to live in Bryan now. Check 150.bryantx.gov closer to the date for the exact time.

    Free concert downtown

    Enjoy an evening of music at the Palace Theater in Downtown Bryan on Nov. 12. A free concert featuring a variety of musical acts will help kick off the big celebration of the city’s 150th Anniversary. Check 150.bryantx.gov for details closer to the event.

    Community Thanksgiving Meal

    Everyone is invited to the big celebration of our 150th anniversary on Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.! We’ll be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal with hundreds of your closest friends and neighbors, followed by a program and musical entertainment. And, the best part is it’s free! Head to 150.bryantx.gov to RSVP later in October, as space is limited.

     
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