Lawrenceville – The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners kicked off the County’s bicentennial observance Tuesday with a proclamation declaring December 15, 2017, through December 15, 2018, Gwinnett County’s Bicentennial Year of Celebration.
December 15, 2017, is Gwinnett County’s 199th birthday and marks the start of a full year of activities, events, educational opportunities and capital projects that will highlight the county’s two centuries of rich history.
The proclamation was presented at Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners business session. Members of the Gwinnett Bicentennial Advisory Committee and County staff accepted the honor as thanks for their work to organize the yearlong celebration. The group began organizing activities for the bicentennial in January 2017.
Last week also brought the launch of a historic site locator tool created by the County’s Department of Information Technology Services to help residents familiarize themselves with historic sites across Gwinnett County.
The locator is an interactive map that will allow visitors to remotely explore sites in the county, using photos and descriptions to highlight historic buildings, homes, markers, churches, cemeteries and other locations important to the formation and development of Gwinnett County. Some of the featured sites date back before the County’s creation in 1818.
The bicentennial celebration will reflect Gwinnett’s historic past while embracing the vibrant community of the present. Over the past 200 years, Gwinnett has evolved from a largely agrarian community to a thriving, cosmopolitan hub that is one of the fastest growing, most diverse counties in the Southeast.
To access the historic site locator, a calendar of bicentennial events, videos from Gwinnett County’s Story Vault project and more information about Gwinnett County’s bicentennial celebration, visit www.Gwinnett200.com.
To schedule an appointment to record your own Story Vault video, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-822-7180.