Over the years, local institutions, businesses and governments have celebrated different numerical milestones. Some have used this as an opportunity to sponsor celebrations, to use it for publicity or to publish books and booklets about their history. Last year, Kalamazoo College celebrated their Sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary and published A Fellowship in Learning: Kalamazoo College 1833-2008 by Marlene Crandell Francis (H 378.774 F8191). Some other “celebratory” books we have in the Local History Collection include Brown and Golden Memories: Western Michigan University’s First Century by Larry Massie (H 378.774 M417) and A Century of Caring: The Upjohn Story by Robert D.B. Carlisle (H 338.8 C283) just to mention two.
As far as who is celebrating anniversaries this year, so far we have the Kalamazoo Mall which turns 50, the Kalamazoo Country Club which turns 100, the City of Kalamazoo which turns 125, and Kalamazoo Central High School which turns 150. Happy Anniversary to them and others who will be celebrating in 2009.
A Fellowship in Learning