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"Our Town"


Civic participation builds community in Newark, a small city that nearly doubles in population when students return to the University of Delaware each academic year. Numerous civic groups, service organizations, businesses, and city offices have joined as partners in small improvement projects through the years. The ladies of the New Century Club, for example, paid for a sprinkle wagon to dampen the city's dusty streets at the turn of the century. Or in another case, in 1977, the Newark Youth Beautification Corps landscaped the grounds of the Main Street post office for a project coordinated by the New Century Club and the City Department of Parks and Recreation.

(Page from Histories of Newark, 1758-2008)
Pages from Histories of Newark, 1758-2008
(Newark, Del. : Wallflowers Press, 2007).
Histories of Newark collection.

Between 2005 and 2007, other citizen volunteers, including the publishers, contributed to a unique community history project sponsored by the office of the Mayor and the Delaware Heritage Commission: a broad-based, multi-voiced history of Newark to celebrate the city's 250th anniversary. In addition to the many authors and individuals who contributed content to the book, more than 3,700 Newarkers showed up to be photographed for the designers' layout for this spirited book.



Pages from the Community Improvement Projects & Outreach scrapbook, 1976-1977.
New Century Club of Newark records.
Gift of the New Century Club of Newark

Page proofs, ephemera, and citizen photos from Histories of Newark, 1758-2008 (Newark, Del. : Wallflowers Press, 2007).
Histories of Newark collection.
Gift of Wallflowers Press




Trick or Treat Main Street coloring
book
. Newark, Del.: Newark Business
Association, [1992].

Small town parades in Newark feature practically every scout troop in the area, many other groups and marching bands, and often the state's entire congressional delegation. The 73rd annual Armed Forces Memorial Parade took place on May 18, 2008, beginning with a ceremony before UD's Memorial Hall. Another popular event is the Hallowe'en Parade, a favorite Newark tradition since 1948. A special 250th anniversary parade was held on Saturday, April 12, 2008.


Trick or treat Main Street coloring book. Newark, Del. : Newark Business Association, [1992].

Photograph of the honor guard, Armed Forces Memorial Parade, May 1954.
UD photograph collection.

Photograph of Governor Ruth Ann Minner and U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper, May 1999 / by Asa Pieratt.
Prints, Photographs, Images collection.
Gift of the photographer




Photograph of the honor guard, Armed Forces Memorial
Parade, May 1954.
UD photograph collection.

Seasonal street parties bring residents "downtown," insuring the vitality of Main Street and involving cooperative planning between the City, downtown merchants, and the University. City planning director Bill Cohen was involved with organizing the first Newark Festival of the Arts in 1971, a precursor to the popular Community Day and Newark Nite events. Mayor Vance Funk has spearheaded new events to support dining in town, such as the January Restaurant Week, the springtime Wine & Dine Downtown, and the autumn Taste of Newark.





Newark Planning Department opinion survey & plan of Newark Festival of Arts, September 11 & 12, 1971.
William J. Cohen papers.
Gift of William J. Cohen

4th Annual Taste of Newark, October 7, 2007.
Delaware ephemera collection.

Main Street in Newark, Delaware. 250th anniversary print / by Carol Dyer.
Commissioned by the Office of the Mayor of Newark, 2007.



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