February 11, 2013

Logansport’s year of celebration

Leaders encourage participation in events

by Amie Sites

— After a year of planning, a local committee has a schedule of events to commemorate Logansport’s 175th anniversary. Events range from a tour of Underground Railroad and Native American sites to a style show.

Upcoming events to look forward to include a historic bike tour, Longcliff Museum tour, golf tournament and the Logansport Artist Show.

Thelma Conrad, Cass County Historical Society executive director, wants to remind people the anniversary can be included in annual events. Conrad is in charge of the annual Cass County Historical Society dinner taking place Saturday. The dinner usually takes place in the fall, but Conrad  moved the date to incorporate the birthday theme and kick-off of the year-long celebration. Conrad encourages others to do the same, saying “it’s not hard to do and I hope others follow the lead.”

Conrad said she wants the community to be involved.

For those wanting to get involved, contact the United Way of Cass County, Lita Rouser, who headed the brainstorming committee, said.

Rouser said they still have people adding, considering projects for the summer and fall.

“We can always add to the schedule,” Rouser said. “I would like to see businesses take on projects.”

Rouser said Rich Voorhees is working with Jean Cole to do a style show of his mother’s clothing, featuring the Voorhees’ family and their impact on the community. Rouser said the planning, which began last February, has been fun and has taken off in directions she didn’t expect.

“Life gets so busy and we can sometimes look at our community and wish we had different things, but Logansport has so much here,” Rouser said. “175 years is quite a long time. We’ve got a great future ahead of us and I hope the year long celebration will remind people that.”

Beth Myers, an English teacher at Logansport High School and a Logansport Parks and Recreation board member, is hosting a city-wide essay contest for students kindergarten through 12th grade. The prompt of the essay is, “What makes Logansport special to me.”

Myers said there are four age levels for the contest and each level will have a first through third place prize ranging from $10 to $30.

“It’s really important to be proud of where you are from,” Myers said. “A lot of kids don’t know the history of Logansport. I want to model good behavior and participate in the anniversary and hope they will follow.”

Conrad said she is heavily involved in the anniversary because it fits in with the Cass County Historical Society mission statement as well.

“Since 1907 we have collected, stored, displayed anything to do with our local history,” Conrad says. “Because our museum is in the city, we see we have a place and responsibility to be involved.”

Rouser wants to remind people this is their celebration.

“We hope the community gets involved,” Rouser said. “Everyone will find something they can enjoy because there is going to be a little bit of everything.”

Cass County Historical Society annual dinner

Where: Dessert First, 517 E. Broadway

When: meet and greet at 6 p.m. dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday

Why: Kick-off Logansport’s 175th anniversary

Founder’s Day

Where: Party at McHale Complex, 1212 Riverside Dr.

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday

Why: Incorporating Logansport as a city was signed on Feb. 17, 1838

What: Reading Railroad book giveaway and carousel rides

Turn to A8 for the year-long event schedule