In a few short years, Joplin, the state of Missouri and the United States will recognize and celebrate a collection of milestone centennials, all within a five-year period. Significant highlights and their recognized dates include:
- Missouri Bicentennial (200th) - August 10, 2021
- City of Joplin Sesquicentennial (150th) - March 23, 2023
- United States of America Sestercentennial (250th) - July 4, 2026
- Route 66 Centennial (100th) - November 11, 2026
To prepare for these recognitions, the City Council has formed the Centennial Celebrations Commission that will exist from 2019 to 2026 to identify events that best serve interests of Joplin citizens for these milestones. The Commission is not expected to be the central operational group of every event, but help to identify community partners to lead and assist in planning, funding and executing events.
The Commission will have 17 members, including designated representatives from specific industries, as well as three citizens at large which the Council is seeking applications to fill. The citizens will be appointed for three-year terms.
“Individuals who have an interest in history, education, the arts and/or promoting Joplin may want to consider offering their time and expertise to this board,” said Patrick Tuttle, Director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Citizens who are interested in serving on the Centennial Celebrations Commission should complete a boards and commission application available on the City’s website at www.joplinmo.org or contact the City Clerk’s office at 417-624-0820, ext. 220.