Texarkana Begins Preparations for Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2023
2023 will be the 150 year anniversary of Texarkana's founding. The city is planning a year-long celebration with #txk150. But first things first, how the heck do you say the word "Sesquicentennial"?
I have some experience with this since way back in the day when my young professional broadcast career began, Texas' Sesquicentennial celebration was underway, so we all had to learn how to say that crazy-looking word. It actually looks harder than it is, but next year it might be kind of fun to see if your friends can pull it off.
This week the City of Texarkana, TX City Council met for their city council meeting on Monday, March 14, 2022, to approve a new Ad-Hoc Sesquicentennial Committee, named txk150. The committee will be responsible for planning activities for the 150th anniversary celebration of the first city lots sold in Texarkana on December 8th, 1873.
The First Step
This committee will be made up of 10 people, five from Texarkana, TX, and five from Texarkana, AR. All will be uniquely positioned to help the city celebrate its history and legacy.
“The continuity and growth of our bistate city over the past 150 years is a monumental occasion to celebrate,” Co-Chair and President of The Texarkana Museums System, Velvet Cool said. “We look forward to planning wonderful events that will educate, engage, and encourage our community to strive towards future growth.”
The plan is that this committee will release a calendar of events on December 8, 2022, that will highlight yearlong txk150 events in 2023. Many of these events will be specifically organized and held by the committee. Additional events may be authorized and held by outside organizations and businesses that would like to get involved with txk150. Those organizations and businesses are encouraged to fill out an online form to have their txk150 themed events added to the Official calendar. All events must be family-friendly for inclusion on the calendar and the deadline for submissions will be November 25, 2022. To submit your organization or business event for the txk150 calendar please complete the form at this link, https://forms.gle/cDAdTB79dJi7Wjye6.