GIRARD — The city of Girard, “a great place to call home,” was founded in February 1868.

People of Girard and the surrounding area will celebrate its 150th “birthday” on Wednesday.

Originally set at the city square, the party will be at 1 p.m. at Girard High School because of the chance of rainy weather. The event is hosted by the Girard 150 committee.

During the party, the mayor will give a speech, R.V. Haderlein Elementary School kindergarteners will sing and third and fourth graders will put on a historical play. There will also be cupcakes.

Girard Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Smith said she hopes the memory of participating in the city’s birthday will be in mind at its 200th year.

“We want this to be something the kids can remember for a long time … in 50 years at the bicentennial and I hope they look back at this event,” she said.

She said in the students’ short play, people will learn so much about the history of Girard and its impact on the rest of the world — from the “Appeal to Reason” a popular newspaper from the past and the Little Blue Books which held various information from literature to daily knowledge.

At the event there will be Girard sesquicentennial T-shirts for sale for $15 and coffee mugs for $10.

This week painters will also begin to paint bricks with Girard themes near the square. For more information on how to participate in the brick painting or upcoming sesquicentennial events contact the chamber or go to

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.