At its Jan. 9 public meeting, the Tyler County Planning Commission (TCPC) determined to compose a book in honor of the county's 200th birthday, which will remain a large part of their focus throughout 2014.
This publication will consist of historic materials and photos submitted to them, the various information they publish in the Tyler Star News throughout the year, and other important facts about Tyler County's past.
While no date has been confirmed for the release of the book, they discussed having it published in December of this year, close to the date of the county's birthday. The actual date of Tyler County's official formation has been listed as either Dec. 6 or Dec. 16.
"That would be right before Christmas" said TCPC President Barbara Vincent, suggesting that the book could make a great gift item for the holidays.
The TCPC is also looking for groups, businesses, or individuals to sponsor banners promoting the bicentennial. Each banner will reportedly cost about $50. Their goal is to have at least 50 banners in public places, with the names of businesses and organizations contributing funds for them also printed on the signs as a source of advertisement.
TCPC Executive Director Eric Peters presented a sample banner designed by Imagine This Signs & Banners. The banner featured Sistersville City Hall, and although some changes will be made before ordering more, the group expressed that they liked it.
Peters also shared a bicentennial logo in progress commemorating Tyler County's historic trolley car, which formerly run through the separate municipalities and will now serve as a symbol of countywide connection. That logo is being designed through the Tyler Star News.
Middlebourne Mayor Charles Delauder informed the group that he spoke with Senator Joe Manchin's office about the possibility of getting military bands to play for the main bicentennial celebration at the Tyler County Fairgrounds on June 21.
"Good idea, Charles," said TCPC Board Member Jim McMullen.
The Battle Weary Band, which plays Civil War era songs, was cited as another entertainment option.
Mayor Delauder also informed the group of grants that may be available through the Humanities Council.
Rita and Bobby Doll of Rita's Tire Shop on Middle Island Road were in attendance. Within their shop, they also run another business which produces custom made signs, t-shirts, hats, license plates, mouse pads, ceramic mugs, and custom lettering on automobiles. They expressed they would like to honor the bicentennial by customizing the aforementioned items to suit the celebration. The TCPC may work in conjunction with them to produce commemorative items.
Jim McMullen presented a historic brochure he found in Virginia and stated that he may have a possible lead on a historic public works map.
Other bicentennial options discussed included: a county seal, a commemorative coin, and the possibility of groups doing historic research.
Those who would like to submit materials or information regarding Tyler County's history, as well as propose ideas and aide in the planning of bicentennial celebrations, are encouraged to contact Peters by calling 304-652-1760 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.