Wednesday, March 21, 2018

City of Joplin to celebrate 145th birthday Friday

(From the City of Joplin)

Compliments abound for the City of Joplin’s 145th Birthday and everyone is invited to celebrate the City’s incorporation during a Birthday Party at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 23. Brad Belk, Community Historian, will join Joplin Mayor Mike Seibert during the event for a brief program recognizing the history of Joplin. The event will be held in the Main Lobby of Joplin City Hall, 602 South Main Street.

As part of the 145th birthday celebration, the City has been collecting compliments with the goal of having “145 Compliments for Joplin!” Citizens were asked to complete the following sentence:

“I like Joplin because…..” .

Compliments received during this campaign will be displayed for all to enjoy. Attendees of the birthday party will be asked to vote for their top five favorite compliments from the 145 gathered during this campaign.

The ballots will be counted and the top 12 reasons people like Joplin will be included in the 2019 edition of the Joplin Historical Museum’s annual calendar. One favorite reason, along with entrants’ name and age, will be depicted in each month of the 2019 calendar as a tribute to our fair City. (The announcement of the top 12 reasons is not included in the birthday party, but will be made at a later date.)

“This will be a fun way to highlight the many positive things our citizens see in Joplin,” said Lynn Onstot, Public Information Officer. “Then next year’s calendar from the Historical Museum will showcase the more popular comments, helping to remind everyone of the great attributes Joplin has to offer.”

Regardless of submitting an entry, all are invited to come and enjoy 145 Compliments for Joplin at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018, along with light refreshments in honor of their city.

Joplin was incorporated by the State of Missouri as a City on March 23, 1873.

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