In 2013, the City of New Rochelle will celebrate the 325th anniversary of our founding in 1688. During the year-long observance, our culture, diversity and identity will be commemorated, alongside our rich history and growth from a small French-speaking settlement to our present-day eminence as a thriving first-tier suburb.
To organize and facilitate the celebration, a volunteer committee has been formed, spearheaded by former City Councilwoman, the Hon. Marianne L. Sussman, and community volunteers are sought for every aspect of planning. A kickoff meeting will be held for all interested New Rochelle organizations and individuals on Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30PM at City Hall, Council Chambers, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801.
“Our 325th anniversary is a celebration of the founding of New Rochelle by the Huguenots of La Rochelle, France and the centuries of growth and development that have made us the unique and diverse City we are today,” said Ms. Sussman. “We invite all members of the community to join in planning the events and activities that will mark this important milestone.”
A webpage has been set up on the City’s website www.newrochelleny.com/325 which will contain information on events and activities as they evolve. Also, to brand the anniversary, the New Rochelle Council on the Arts has launched a design contest for a special “325th Anniversary” logo. Full details can be found at www.newrochellearts.org.
New Rochelle’s 325th Anniversary Committee
Hon. Marianne L. Sussman