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Montgomery's City Hall set to celebrate its 75th anniversary

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The City of Montgomery is gearing up for a big milestone as it marks the 75th anniversary of City Hall on September 30th.

A celebration on planned in honor of that big anniversary.  While the official anniversary is Sunday, the celebration will take place on Wednesday, September 26th.  Not only will it be a time of looking back and remembering the building's history, but it's also a time to show off the newly renovated City Hall for those who haven't had a chance to see all the work that has been done.

Mayor Todd Strange says, "this has been a work in process over the last two and a half years and now we're there.  I want to remind people that it's not a restoration, but a renovation and the City Hall and the auditorium where the city council meets has really been restored as much as possible and that's the showcase. "

The open house will be as if you've stepped back in time.  All of City Hall will be opened up for tours and they'll serve refreshments that would have been served 75 years ago, like petit fours and lady fingers.

At 5 p.m., there will be a program that will focus on the history of City Hall.  Local historian Mary Anne Neeley and Dr. Richard Bailey will speak.

There will also be several display cases in the auditorium that will showcase items that were found during the renovation process and things found in the time capsule buried there 75 years ago.  Officials will also fill two time capsules that will be opened in 75 years.

Steve Jones, Director of General Services for the City of Montgomery explains, "what we're doing with the open house is let the public, everybody in Montgomery see their City Hall.  We're going to have both floors and all four wings open with city employees there.  There's an opportunity to come down and look at the auditorium, look at the pre-function room where we've got all this historic stuff laid out that we found as we went through this renovation.  They can tour the mayor's office and get a feel for what City Hall is, because at the end of the day it is the public's City Hall and we're proud of it."

"This is the peoples's house, this is the citizens of Montgomery's," Strange says. "We just happen to have the great pleasure of residing there right now, so we want to share it with them and share the excitement and just the grandeur of what it was at one point in time with just some modern modifications."

The open house starts tomorrow at 4 p.m. with tours and refreshments.  The historical program begins at 5 p.m.  City Hall is located at 103 N. Perry Street.  The public is invited to this open house and dedication.

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