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April 18, 2017 > A look back: Washington Township History

A look back: Washington Township History

Submitted By Kelsey Camello

Officials from the Washington Township Museum of Local History are planning a special program marking 220 years since the 1797 founding of Mission San Jose. A special focus of the Sunday, April 23 event will be a look at festivities that took place during the 1947 Sesquicentennial (150 year) celebration. The event will be held at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont.

The program will start at 4 p.m. with a short introduction and a display consisting of historical artifacts, followed by a screening at 4:30 p.m. of the 1947 Mission San Jose Sesquicentennial Pageant Play entitled, "We Build Here a Mission," written by John Sandoval, with narrated soundtrack.

Also on hand will be copies of the Washington News special edition MSJ 150th anniversary 1947 news booklet, which is chock full of fun history and tidbits about Washington Township (Fremont, Newark and Union City) during that era.

Visitors are invited to step back in time and remember a piece of local history that took people from all areas of the township and brought them together for three days of fun, including a parade, a coronation ball, a rodeo with folk dancing, and a special historical pageant (a highlight of this yearÕs April 23rd event).

Co-sponsored by Washington Township Museum of Local History and Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum, admission is $5 for members of either organization, or $7 for non-members.


Mission San Jose Sesquicentennial Reprise Event
Sunday, April 23
4 p.m.
Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum
37395 Niles Blvd., Fremont
$5 museum members, $7 for non-members
(510) 623-7907
www.museumoflocalhistory.org

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