Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Too bad we couldn’t celebrate the 150th of our great city in a manner befitting its rich heritage and diverse culture

Dear Billy T and Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line,

2022 marks the Sesquicentennial–the 150th Anniversary–of Somerville’s establishment as a City. This is a pretty significant milestone in my opinion. In 1972, the Centennial was observed with great fanfare which included a huge parade. Somerville was a less affluent city then, but it was rich in civic pride, having recently been named an All American City.

It’s great that we celebrate so many things nowadays; Fluff-fest, Art Beat, etc., but incremental birthdays like this don;t happen too often and are worthy of note. At least in my opinion.

I was saddened to see that there was very little if anything coming from our municipal government about this. In 3 days, 2022 will be behind us. Too bad we couldn’t celebrate the 150th of our great city in a manner befitting its rich heritage and diverse culture.

As for me: I just can’t hide my Somerville Pride!

Editor’s Comment:

I think the reader has a valid point and is referring to this year of 1872 which does make it the 150th year anniversary of being incorporated as a city:
Somerville was first settled in 1630 as a part of Charlestown, and was established as a town in 1842, when it was separated from the urbanizing Charlestown because it was still largely rural. Somerville was officially incorporated as a city in 1872 due to its growing population and increasing industrialization.

https://www.somervillema.gov/about#:~:text=Somerville%20was%20first%20settled%20in,growing%20population%20and%20increasing%20industrialization.

2 thoughts on “Somerville/Medford News Weekly Speakup Line: Too bad we couldn’t celebrate the 150th of our great city in a manner befitting its rich heritage and diverse culture”

  1. I will start with the fact if you truly cared your name would not be an issue especially if its positive about our community.
    For the record Somerville celebrated the 150 th in 1992. Thanks to then Mayor Michael E Capuano.
    A night honoring some special Somervillianes, various fundraisers where numerous organizations donated their time, space and financial support.
    A Parade matched by no other than back in the early days when the community respected our Veterans, Founders, Politicians and members of our tight nit community.

    John L. Sullivan

    1. Hi John I think the reader has a valid point and is referring to this year of 1872 which does make it the 150th year anniversary of being incorporated as a city:
      Somerville was first settled in 1630 as a part of Charlestown, and was established as a town in 1842, when it was separated from the urbanizing Charlestown because it was still largely rural. Somerville was officially incorporated as a city in 1872 due to its growing population and increasing industrialization.

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