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February 24, 2006

Nashville - People in Berrien County are taking a journey back in time this weekend as they celebrate their 150th birthday. "February 25th is actually the day the Governor signed the legislation that created Berrien County in 1856," said Dawson Mathis.

Saturday starts a two month long sesquicentennial celebration, filled with dozens of activities to celebrate the county’s rich heritage. "It’s actually going to be going on through the sixth of May with a series of events we plan to do every other weekend to spread out the celebration," said Mathis.

You can talk a walk through history at the library and see memories from the depression to old farming days and school integration. There will also be a 5K walk, an antique car show, and all day arts and crafts activities on the courthouse square Saturday. And high school students will re-enact scenes from 1856 on the courthouse steps. "We want our young people to be aware of what we had, what our parents and grandparents had, and what they can do for the future," said Mathis.

And while it’s a time to remember the past, downtown merchants are expecting the weekends’ activities to bring them a bright economic future. "We hope everyone coming to downtown tomorrow to celebrate these events will come into our stores, restaurants, shop, buy gas, and we enjoy hosting events like this because of the economic impact in will have on our community," said Dawn Morrison, Better Hometown Director.

A community that’s taking pride in its past, and putting faith in its future.

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