Historical Society screens ‘Centennial’

Aug 14, 2014
The Belfast City Council of 1953 was evidently a game bunch. From left are Mayor Lewis Greene, a Mr. Thornton and Ralph Thompson.

Belfast — “The Belfast Centennial Celebration” video will be featured in the Belfast Historical Society presentation Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Abbott Room at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

For three days in August 1953, Belfast held a celebration commemorating 100 years as a city. The festivities included a re-enactment of the acceptance of the 1853 city charter, with city council members in period dress; a grand and “mammoth” parade; a centennial costume ball held at the armory; a horse show; and high school reunions. Film footage of the celebration was produced as a video production in 1990 with narration by then historical society president Basil Kinney.

Belfast Historical Society programs, free and open to the public, are held April through October. For more information about other historical society programs, download the 2014 schedule at belfastmuseum.org or call 338-9229.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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