June 11, 2009 - Issue: Vol. 155, No. 87 — Daily Edition111th Congress (2009 - 2010) - 1st Session
TO HONOR THE 350TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INCORPORATION OF THE CITY OF NORWICH, CONNECTICUT; Congressional Record Vol. 155, No. 87
(Extensions of Remarks - June 11, 2009)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1375] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] TO HONOR THE 350TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INCORPORATION OF THE CITY OF NORWICH, CONNECTICUT ______ HON. JOE COURTNEY of connecticut in the house of representatives Thursday, June 11, 2009 Mr. COURTNEY. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 350th anniversary of the incorporation of the city of Norwich, Connecticut. Founded in 1659 and known as the ``Rose of Connecticut,'' Norwich will be celebrating its 350th birthday and rich history throughout the month of June. During the American Revolution, Norwich supported the cause for independence by supplying soldiers, ships, and munitions. One of the most infamous figures of the Revolution, Benedict Arnold, was born in Norwich. Other well-known Colonial era individuals include Samuel Huntington, Christopher Leffingwell, and Daniel Lathrop. Today, Norwich is a thriving city and a center of commerce and manufacturing, with a wide range of municipal services, a modern industrial park, and a positive outlook for residential and business growth. As part of the celebration, the city will be presenting several events with participants from across the globe. The city green will host various reenactments of history with period uniforms and equipment as they demonstrate lifestyles of days past. There will be historic talks, as well as tours of historical and present-day landmarks, historic homes, factories, gardens, places of worship, and other areas of preservation. Norwich will offer ``museum days'' with free access to all of the city museums, and will also sponsor a time capsule to be opened on the 400th anniversary of the city. The 350th Commemorative Quilt, to be known as a historical work of art, will be on display. Additionally, city citizens will perform in ``Rose on the River,'' a compilation of short plays written by local playwrights. Special musical performances will add to the festivities. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host a parade and festival to commemorate both Norwich's 350th and the NAACP's 100th anniversaries. Madam Speaker, I am proud and pleased to honor the City of Norwich. Three hundred fifty years after incorporation, from its colonial origins through its modern evolution, Norwich represents the very best of Connecticut. I ask my colleagues to join with me and my constituents in honoring and celebrating Norwich's semiseptcentennial anniversary and welcome many more to come. ____________________