Richmond Anniversary Planning Continues
John Curry

 

Planning continues regarding events to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the founding of Richmond in 1818.

The weekend of Friday, June 15, Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17, 2018 is being targeted as time when most of the events will be held. There will be some events in the time leading up to this 200th anniversary weekend but the main focus will be on this June 15-June 17, 2018 weekend.

An organizing committee involving representatives from seven groups – Richmond Village Association, Goulbourn Township Historical Society, Richmond Agricultural Society, Richmond District Lions Club, Richmond Branch 625 of the Royal Canadian Legion, Goulbourn Museum and Goulbourn Kiwanis Club – has been formed and is meeting on a regular, more or less quarterly basis, to direct the planning.

A primary focus right now is the arrange funding for the celebrations.  A goal of $100,000 has been set, with the fundraising to be focused on three areas: government (municipal, provincial and federal) grants, corporate donations and grassroots donations and fundraising.

A bank account for the 200th anniversary celebrations has been opened at the TD Canada Trust Branch in Richmond, with the Richmond Village Association (RVA) making the initial deposit of $2,000. The RVA is planning to contribute $2,000 per year towards the celebrations for a total donation of $8,000 by the time of the celebrations in 2018.

A dedicated website for these Richmond 200th anniversary celebrations will soon be up and running.  A logo for these 200th anniversary celebrations will be developed soon.

Richmond hosted major celebrations in 1968 marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the community. There were also celebrations in 1978 for the 160th anniversary and again in 1993 for the 175th anniversary.

Ottawa Community News Article: July 23, 2015

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