City Council to Kick Off Redwood City’s 150th Anniversary at January 9 Meeting

Public Invited to Celebrate with Special Sesquicentennial Reception, Historic Re-enactment and More

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.- To kick off Redwood City’s Sesquicentennial, which marks the 150th anniversary of the City’s incorporation in 1867, the City Council on Monday night will mark the occasion with a special reception, historic re-enactment and more.

The public is invited to the event, which takes place Jan. 9 and starts with a Sesquicentennial reception at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall, located at 1017 Middlefield Rd. Guests can mingle with members of the City Council and Sesquicentennial Committee, the latter of which includes City staff and is helmed by community leaders.

During the City Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m., guests can enjoy a re-enactment of the City’s first Council meeting on May 18, 1867, performed by Council members and City staff. The original City Council met a week after the City incorporated, and included Town Marshall John C. Edgar and newly elected trustees, President J. V. Diller Secretary pro tem J. W. Ackerson, John Titus and L. A. Parsons – all active community leaders. Also participating were the new Assessor Andrew Teague, Treasurer S. H. Snyder and City Clerk John Ames.

The kick-off will also include a recognition of the City’s recent designation as a Preserve America City by the White House earlier this year. The designation honors Redwood City’s commitment to historic preservation since 1977, which has resulted in five historic districts, several historic resources listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and many others that are locally designated.

Earlier this year, the City launched its official 150th anniversary website to share updates on upcoming celebrations, inform the community about the city’s storied past and encourage everyone to get involved. Visitors to can find historic photo galleries, blogs from City staff and local history experts, detailed timeline of iconic moments, and ongoing events such as the 150th Anniversary Festival with a Flower Extravaganza on May 20, 2017. The website also includes ongoing announcements such as a a “Redwood City Then and Now” historic photo program, Redwood City – Past – Present and Future high school art show contest and a fun “Owlized” program featuring an innovative, 360-degree visual platform that enables public audiences to look backward in time and “step into” rich media content.

Community members looking for ways to participate in the festivities can contact the Sesquicentennial Committee for sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

About the City of Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with 82,881 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: “Climate Best by Government Test”. Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City will mark its Sesquicentennial Year with celebrations beginning in May 2017.Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county’s old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city’s vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City’s website at, or follow Redwood City on Twitter, @Redwood City, and on Facebook.

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