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The Borough of Hopewell will be celebrating its 125th Anniversary in 2016 and the year promises to be full of special programs and events to commemorate the Borough’s heritage while celebrating the Hopewell of today.

The first celebration of the year will be the “Anniversary Kick-off Party,” along with the swearing in of this year’s Borough Council, on January 1st at 11am at Borough Hall on East Broad Street. Light refreshments will be catered by Brothers Moon and music. Anniversary flags will be for sale, as well as 125th anniversary snow globes. A new walking map of Hopewell will be unveiled that features local businesses and historical sights artfully illustrated by Borough resident artist Emily Muschinske. And the Borough has put together a 125th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet that includes the programs and events for the ongoing year’s anniversary celebration.

125th anniversary hopewell boroughAlso on tap for the beginning of 2016, Hopewell Valley Historical Society will be hosting a talk, presented by railroad historian John Kilbride, about The Mercer and Somerset Railroad Story on the 140th Anniversary of Hopewell’s Frog War on Wednesday January 6th at 7 pm at Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 80 West Broad Street in Hopewell.  For more information about that event, see Hopewell Valley Historical Society Presents The Mercer and Somerset Railroad Story.

In February, there will be an exhibit of contemporary photos at Hopewell Gallery 14 on Mercer Street and a Hopewell Night at Morven Museum for a private showing for the 125th Committee of the Lindbergh Exhibition. Starting in March, there will be a photo exhibit at Morpeth Gallery on West Broad street.

“We look forward to 2016 and what promises to be a special year,” said Hopewell Borough Mayor Paul Anzano.

Stay tuned for more events!

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.

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