Lafayette’s 50th Anniversary Celebration!
How time flies. It is hard to imagine 1968 as being fifty years ago. But it was, and 1968 was the year that Lafayette became an incorporated city. Now, fifty years later, our community is going to celebrate the work we did to incorporate Lafayette, bring us where we are today, and create an ever-improving community for tomorrow.
Lafayette became a City on July 29, 1968, and July 29, 2018, will be the date of our 50th Anniversary celebration. Events will begin at 2:30 p.m., in the Community Hall at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, with an informal reception honoring those who made Lafayette possible, including former and current Councilmembers, Citizens and Business Persons of the Year, long-term business owners, residents and others. People will be imparting memorable moments in Lafayette’s first fifty years as a city. If you’d like to tell your historic stories of Lafayette – or if you just want to listen to tales of the City – simply arrive at the Community Hall.
The main event is from 4pm - 7pm, and will include a special Back Forty Texas BBQ dinner along with entertainment from Dave Martin’s House Party band, a kid zone with games and activities and a parade at 5pm. There will also be historical displays with Town Hall actors in costume, community organizations with tables and something for everyone. There is really something for everyone. Don’t miss this historic event.
We devoted the Summer 2018 edition of Lafayette Vistas, our City’s quarterly newsletter, to the 50th Anniversary. You can read this special edition here.
Mayor Don Tatzin, the City Council and all of us at the City of Lafayette sincerely hope you will attend. If you have any questions about the day’s events or the dinner, please contact the City’s Communications Analyst, Jeffrey Heyman, at 925-299-3241, or at email@example.com. We look forward to honoring you for your contributions to the City of Lafayette at our 50th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, July 29, starting at 2:30 p.m. See you at the party!
50th Anniversary Videos
We produced a couple of videos for the celebration, an invitation from Mayor Tatzin and a short history about the incorporation of the City of Lafayette in 1968. The history video will also be shown at the informal reception on July 29.
- Watch the invitation video from Mayor Don Tatzin here: http://bit.ly/Lafayette50Trailer
- Watch the video on the history of incorporation here: http://bit.ly/Lafayette50Video
In addition, the Acalanes Blueprint, the student newspaper for Acalanes High School, talked to two long-time residents about their experience in Lafayette. You can watch that video here.
Get Your Discounted Back Forty BBQ Tickets
Lafayette's 50th Anniversary celebration is special and so are the dinner prices -- it's almost 1968 again! The first 1,000 Lafayette residents to sign up will get special discounted meal tickets for a delicious Back Forty Texas BBQ dinner that will be served from 4-7pm. Adult meals are $10 each and children $5. Regular dinner tickets after the first 1,000 will be sold at the event for $20 (adults) and $10 (children). Get your discounted tickets here.
Don’t forget to bring something to put into the time capsule to be opened in 2068. Yes, that’s right, we are creating a time capsule to capture this historic day – and the times we live in. Bring something to add to the time capsule to a special depository table that set up at the Lafayette Historical Society during the July 29 event. Be creative and think about what people fifty years from now who live in Lafayette will want to know about us. Items for the Time Capsule will also be on display in the Library until the capsule is sealed and stored in the archives of the Historical Society. Rumor also has it that a time capsule has been located dating from the 1980s. Details are sketchy, but we’ll keep you in the loop and let you know if it will be opened as part of the Anniversary celebrations. To help prepare your items for the time capsule, why not take a historic tour of Lafayette here. For more about Lafayette's history, you can always visit the Lafayette Historical Society.
The City of Lafayette: A Brief Timeline and 50 Facts For 50 Years
For the 50th Anniversary, we have created a brief historical timeline of key events in the development of the City of Lafayette. You can view the timeline here. If you have any items which you would like to include in the timeline (or notice any errors or omissions), please write our City's Communications Analyst, Jeff Heyman, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also view 50 Facts About Lafayette, compiled by Lauren Herpich and Mary McCosker, by following the link here.
A Day in the Life Photo Contest
What Does Lafayette Look Like to you on the special occasion of our 50th Anniversary of Incorporation? The City of Lafayette Public Art Committee is sponsoring another “Day in the Life” photo contest in celebration of the City’s 50th. Photos must be taken in Lafayette on July 29, 2018, and submitted by August 17, 2018. There are a few rules that apply and you must register to enter. You can find out all the details and more about the contest here. Get out those cameras – or smartphones – and let us know how Lafayette looks to you on our special day!
Upload Your Historic Photos of Lafayette!
Speaking of photos, do you have historic photos of Lafayette that you’d like to share? We’ve created a public photo gallery for you to upload your favorite photos of Lafayette. We’re hoping to find old, family treasures that capture the way the City looked over the years. If you’d like to share your pictures of Lafayette, simply use this link and upload your photos:
Please share this link with friends and family who might also have photographs they might wish to be part of the celebration. Who knows, you might see one of your photos in a slideshow during the 50th Anniversary party. And we will share your pictures with the Lafayette Historical Society.
You can view what others have uploaded to the public gallery here:
What Are Your Stories About Lafayette From the Past 50 Years?
Lafayette Listens is our online public forum for community members to share their views on timely topics. As mentioned above, former Mayors, Councilmembers and long-time members of the community will be attending a forum moderated by Mayor Don Tatzin. He will introduce people and ask them to share their stories about Lafayette. If you cannot attend and would like to contribute a story – or would just rather put your story in writing – you can do so at Lafayette Listens. The stories submitted, time permitting, will be shared at the forum on July 29 in the Community Hall. Tell us your stories right here.
For Our 50th Anniversary, Give the Gift of Green
And in honor of Lafayette’s 50th Anniversary, we’re calling on 1,000 homes and businesses to participate in the city’s largest ever community gift of green energy. In about a minute, any Lafayette home or business can opt-up to MCE Deep Green and choose 100% renewable electricity sourced from California wind and solar farms. It takes 1-minute to sign up. Learn more here.
Want to Volunteer to Help with the Celebration?
The Chamber of Commerce, who has done a wonderful job helping to organize the 50th Anniversary party, is calling on any and all would-be volunteers to assist on celebration day, July 29. If you would like to take part in this historic event, you can sign up right here.