This Saturday, July 7th, Grand Island Town Hall will celebrate its 50th birthday as the “new” Town Hall.
A birthday bash is planned for Saturday, July 7th at 1:00 p.m. in the upper lobby, with a display of photos, short program and cake! The cupola came from the “old” Town Hall, which was built in 1918 as a two-room school. With the opening of Charlotte Sidway School in 1937, the existing structure became the Grand Island Town Hall.
Seema & I were honored to have been commissioned to print the two outdoor banners for this event. A big thank you to June Crawford and Jodi Robinson from the Historical Society for trusting us with this job.
The cupola is owned by Kelly’s Country Store. Grandfather Walt Kelly saved it from the wrecking ball in 1968 and moved it to their property on Grand Island Blvd. Also at that location is the #5 one-room school house, believed to have been built in the 1870’s.
Thanks to Highway Department employees who moved the cupola in March from a berm at the back of the Kelly property, out to the parking lot. They then made a platform to place the structure on and brought it to Town Hall in June. On Wednesday, June 20th, members of the Kelly family, HPAB (Historic Preservation Advisory Board) and Town officials met to promote the upcoming event. Efforts will begin to restore both the cupola and schoolhouse in the coming months. Watch for the cupola in the July 4th parade! Supervisor McMurray has paid for both banners.
Thank you to Isledegrande for this story.
With gratitude and effervescence,
Fahim & Seema Mojawalla
Island Ship Center