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“History is something that should always be preserved; it really should never be lost.”

The Town of Bergen is celebrating its 200th Anniversary tomorrow and its commemoration plans embody Americana. The event at the Mount Rest Cemetery starting at 1 in the afternoon will include the American Legion Color Guard, music from the Byron-Bergen band, the dedication of a town tree, a time capsule and the tolling of church bells.

“I think it’s important that the transplants, myself included, really realize the trials and tribulations that our town has endured for the last 200 years," Tom Tiefel, the Town of Bergen’s historian, said.

Items are still being collected for the time capsule which will be on display at this year’s Park Festival. The Town’s Bicentennial Committee is also making special accommodations for the Town’s octogenarians. Transportation to the event is being provided.

Overall, Tiefel says the inclusive event celebrates what Bergen is, was and has experienced.

“By the 1860s, we almost had an economic collapse within the town and we survived two major fires within the Town that really destroyed the village both times, and we persevered," Tiefel said.

For more information visit the Town of Bergen’s website. 


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