The following letter was submitted to the Herald-Progress newspaper recently.

To the Editor of the Hanover Herald-Progress,

Every town has a Founders Day – the day that the town was officially incorporated – and Ashland’s happens to be February 19th, 1858.   Most towns celebrate their Founders Day each year, and it’s only fitting that we do the same.  Next year, the Ashland Museum and the Ashland Main Street Association will partner on a proper commemoration of our 155th Anniversary.  We hope to debut some bronze markers for our many historic structures and perhaps even sponsor a Founders Day Ball.

In the meantime, we can still celebrate our 154th by showing our pride in our community.  This weekend, February 17-19, dig deep into your dresser drawer and pull out an Ashland t-shirt, sweatshirt, or cap and wear it when you’re out and about town.  It can be from an Ashland Musical Variety Show, a Railroad Run, the Ashland 150th celebration, the Strawberry Faire, Ashland Street Party, or one of the many other great events held here in the Center of the Universe.

Don’t have any Ashland attire?  Visit one of our great downtown merchants such as The Caboose or Train Town Toy & Hobby and pick up a shirt or cap.  And while you’re downtown, do your weekly grocery shopping at Cross Brothers, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2012 – another great milestone that the Ashland Museum and Main Street will help commemorate in May.  Let’s make sure Cross Brothers stays in business for another hundred years!

See you around town this weekend… we’ll be wearing our “Ashland’s Got Talent” shirts.

Nancy Kackley, Ashland Museum
Tom Wulf, Ashland Main Street Association