Markham Marks 225th Anniversary
Oct. 04, 2019
Global Korean Post
On Saturday, September 28, the City of Markham hosted its historic 225th anniversary at the Markham Museum, as part of its iconic Applefest.
Markham 225 drew thousands of visitors throughout the day from across York Region, the Greater Toronto Area and Southern Ontario, showcasing and celebrating Markham’s rich history and vibrant diversity.
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti announced that as part of Markham 225, the City will plant 225 Bur Oak Trees at Milne Dam Conservation Park on October 26, 2019. The Bur Oak Tree is the official tree of the City of Markham. The Markham 225 forest will significantly add to the City’s urban canopy, while improving air quality and preserving the environment.
The Mayor also announced that in honour of this historic birthday celebration, the Civic Holiday in August will now be known as William Berczy Day in Markham, after one of Markham’s founding pioneers and designated national historic person.
“We are a community of pioneers. The same intrepid spirit that led William Berczy and his settlers to the land 225 years ago, defines us,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Modern day pioneers, who hail from around the world and journey here in search of a better life, define us. Our past, present and future are linked by the stories that brought us here, the stories we share as one, united, diverse and inclusive community.”
Markham’s 225 celebrations began with a special dedication of the Museum’s Collections Building to the late John Lunau. The John Lunau Centre will honour the legacy of Markham’s first official historian, the Markham Museum’s first curator and the founding President of the Berczy Settler’s Association and the Markham Historical Society.
“John’s commitment to preserving and sharing Markham’s history was extraordinary,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. John was planning Markham’s bicentennial celebration before he passed away, and here we are, a quarter of a century later, and we are proud to carry on his legacy as we celebrate Markham’s 225th Anniversary and the Founding of Markham by the Berczy settlers.”
The memorable event also featured an impressive lineup of local, Canadian and cultural performances on the Markham 225 Main Stage, including Juno and Gemini Award-winning, platinum selling recording artist and Canada’s Queen of R&B Soul Jully Black. Back by popular demand was Markham’s own Julia Gartha, Star Search Markham Winner in 2017 and Season 2 contestant on CTV’s hit series The Launch.
The once-in-a-lifetime celebration was capped off with Grand Finale Fireworks that lit up the sky in celebration of Markham’s 225th.