The Town of Rush is celebrating its Bicentennial in 2018. Plans are underway for celebrating this significant anniversary. The Bicentennial Planning Committee meetings are held in the Board Room at the Rush Town Hall. Meetings are usually the second Monday of the month. The next meeting is April 9, 2018 at 7:00 PM.
Future meeting dates are:
May 14, 2018
June 11, 2018
July 9, 2018
August 13, 2018
September 10, 2018
October 9th – Note: This meeting is on a Tuesday due to the Columbus Day holiday on October 8th
November 12, 2018
December 10, 2018
Rush Bicentennial Update:
The Bicentennial Committee continues to meet on a monthly basis and plans are taking shape. Committee members include: Pam Ebersold, Cathy Frank, Linda Henry, Rita McCarthy, Sue Mee, Chris Miller, Andy Morse, Dave and Sandra Sluberski, Sue Swanton, Maureen Neumaier and Kevin Yost. Phil Daggar and Jean Stephens are generously also assisting with specific projects. Phil Daggar has generously given his time to designing a Bicentennial logo that we will use to promote events and on written materials and banners. Jean Stephens has kindly volunteered to take on the critical task of designing and laying out the Rush Bicentennial book. Planned events include:
* Home/Building Tour: VISIT THE UNIQUE RUSH STRUCTURES
The Rush Bicentennial Committee is offering a tour [1st floors only] of distinctive Rush homes, barns and other built structures as a part of our Bicentennial celebration. The goal is to showcase the diversity and richness of Rush architecture. Plans are for a Saturday tour on June 2, 2018. We are in need of several volunteers for this event. Each home will need a “House Captain” along with volunteers to staff each room. Room
volunteers will be asked to staff a half day shift, 9:30 AM–1:00 PM or 1:00 PM–4:30 PM. Volunteers will receive a complimentary tour ticket. If interested, please contact Linda Henry at 359-1545 or Susan Swanton at 455-4450.
* Bicentennial Book: The book will include photos of houses/buildings in the above tour and also a history of the organizations that are part of our town. Letters have been sent to Rush organizations requesting their organization’s history and photos. We want to be an inclusive as possible and are striving for full participation. It is hoped that the book will be a self-supporting project and we are seeking advertisements. Jean Stephens has kindly volunteered to take on the critical task of designing and laying out the book. Thank you, Jean! The book is being sold through the Rush Historial Society’s website at a discount in advance of publication. More information available at http://www.rushhistorical.com.
* Phil Daggar has generously given his time to designing a Bicentennial logo that we will use to promote events and on written materials and banners. We are also working with the USPO to use our Bicentennial logo for a Rush postmark on June 2, 2018. Bring your stamped envelope to the Rush Town Hall for this special postmark.
* We have invited author Paula Whitacre to speak on her upcoming book about Julia Wilbur. The book is entitled: A Civil Life in an Uncivil Time: Julia Wilbur’s Struggle for Purpose. Julia was a Quaker and an abolitionist who lived in Rush with her family before she moved to Washington, DC in 1862 to assist the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society as a relief worker and then moved to Alexandria, VA to help newly freed slaves. After the Civil War, she lived in Washington and worked at the Freedmen’s Bureau and then the Patent Office. Julia was a dedicated diarist and her diaries are part of the collection at Haverford Collection and have served as an important resource for Ms. Whitacre in researching Julia’s life. April 22, 2018, 2pm at the Rush Methodist Church.
* Early Settlers – a short play about the arrival of our early settlers to our town.
* Re-enactment of 1st Town Board Meeting – March 13, 2018
* Bicentennial Gala at WildWood is planned for October 7th. Period clothing is optional but welcome. Mark your calendar and start thinking about your outfit!