Longview 150 Events and Celebrations

Longview’s 150th birthday party starts January 1 and continues all year.  Several major events have been scheduled during Spring 2020 to celebrate the sesquicentennial.

Pleasant Hill Quilting Group

Pleasant Hill Quilting Group Exhibit
The NAACP is sponsoring an exhibit of The Pleasant Hill Quilting Group.
Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 ● 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ● First United Methodist Church

Longview Sesquicentennial Ball LogoLongview Sesquicentennial Ball hosted by the Junior League of Longview
Celebrate Longview's 150th birthday with an evening packed full of fun and surprises! This will truly be a night to remember! Tickets are on sale now!
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 ● 6:30 p.m. – Midnight ● Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center

WhataburgerTransportation Show
Whataburger of East Texas is producing the Transportation Show to show the evolution of our transportation choices from 1870 through 2020 and into the future.
Saturday, March 21, 2020 ● Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center

Longview 150 Time Capsule

What would you want to leave behind for someone 100 years from now.  The Historic Preservation Commission will bury a time capsule at the Longview Public Library to celebrate Longview's 150th anniversary.  More information about the types of items that will be collected and placed in the time capsule and when the time capsule will be buried will be released later.

Back Porch StoriesBack Porch Stories
ArtsView Children's Theatre's 2020 Original Playwright Contest invites entries in the K-5th, 6th - 8th, 9th - 12th and Adult categories to submit plays. The contest will run from Oct. 7 to Feb. 13, and the winning scripts will be combined into one show to be performed April 3-4, 2020
Friday and Saturday, April 3 - 4, 2020 ● ArtsView Children's Theatre

First Baptist 150 LogoFirst Baptist Church - Longview Homecoming
The First Baptist Church - Longview celebration, Homecoming 150, will include a dessert fellowship on Saturday night, and an extended worship service on Sunday morning for all current and former members.  
Saturday, April 18, 2020 ● 5 - 7 p.m. ● Social Fellowship Gathering in the Grace Hall
Sunday, April 19, 2020 ● 10 a.m. - Noon ● Homecoming Service

"The Grande Sesquicentennial Trek" Parade hosted by One Hundred Acres of Heritage/Longview Main Street and AMBUCS

Saturday, April 18, 2020 ● Downtown Longview

Longview 150 Downtown Banners sponsored by One Hundred Acres of Heritage/Longview Main Street

Longview 150 Stories by the Longview150-Stories-Council StillLongview Public Library
As Longview prepares for it’s 150th celebration, the library staff are interested in hearing from citizens what it was like to grow up in Longview and how Longview has been shaped by certain historical and cultural events.
“Where in Longview were you when Kennedy was shot? What do you remember of the Civil Rights Movement in Longview? Where did you shop in the time before Walmart?” All these questions and more help us understand how Longview became the city it is today and will help future generations remember our history.
All of the memories will be audio recorded and played on the Library’s Podcast, “Longview 150 Stories,” all throughout January to May 2020.
Moreover, each audio file will be permanently saved on the Library’s Digital Archive. Every citizen will have a chance to preserve a piece of Longview history!
The Library staff are asking for up to a total of 150 audio files, no longer than 7 minutes each, and no more than 3 entries for each person. There are no specific decades the memories must be from. However, the library would like as many diverse and unique perspectives as possible.
Nov. 1, 2019, the library will schedule times for patrons without audio equipment to come and have their story recorded. Library staff will then make sure the files are added to the podcast and Digital Archive.
Citizens are welcome to record their own audio files and email them to 150stories@longviewtexas.gov.
Each entry will be reviewed and must be approved by Library Administration before being uploaded to the “Longview 150 Stories” podcast.
For more information, please call the library at 903-237-1346 and ask for Cassie Burford.

Longview 150 Passport Program sponsored by the Junior League of Longview
The Junior League of Longview, Longview 150 Passports program will provide hands on opportunities for Longview's youngest citizens learn and engage in our history. The inspiration for the program has been the railroad industry's shaping influence for Longview. Children ages pre-school through elementary will visit businesses during the month of March. At each location their boarding pass booklet will be punched. Each location will be assigned a different pattern. The businesses will tear off the end ticket to be entered into raffle prizes. This program is designed to educate, but also encourage engagement in the City of Longview’s local businesses.

Gregg County Historical Museum Balloon Sculpture ProjectGregg County Historical Museum Balloon Sculptures
The Gregg County Historical Museum's Balloon Sculpture Project is a celebration of Longview's history and heritage through custom made metal Hot Air Balloons that will be strategically placed around town to celebrate Longview's Sesquicentennial. Businesses will purchase a 5’ 6” metal, rust proof, high quality, white balloon sculpture that they can customize with art or a vinyl wrap that celebrates what makes their business special. Each Balloon Sculpture will be a wonderful tribute to what makes Longview great and each have a 25 year outdoor life. Call the Museum (903-753-5840) or go to their website (www.gregghistorical.org) to request a balloon application or purchase your Balloon Sculpture today!

Longview 150 Commemorative Screen Print by Jason Butler
Jason Butler is designing a limited edition screen print for Longview 150.

Uniquely Longview Flyer 2020Uniquely Longview 2020
The special 2020 edition of Uniquely Longview will highlight Longview’s past, present, and future, serving as a keepsake piece and an opportunity for supporters to join in the City’s sesquicentennial celebration. By purchasing a commemorative ad space in UL 2020, you have the occasion to share your Longview story with thousands of readers in the Longview metropolitan area!
For more information and pricing see the UL 2020 Ad Flyer!

@Longview150 by O. Rufus Lovett and Gary Borders
@Longview150 is a collaborative effort between acclaimed photographer O. Rufus Lovett and longtime East Texas writer Gary Borders. Between now and the end of 2019, Lovett will photograph and Borders will interview 150 Longview residents from all walks of life. Their aim is to provide a compelling glimpse of our city as it celebrates its 150th birthday in 2020.
The Longview Museum of Fine Arts has scheduled an exhibit of the completed work for Fall of 2020. Other venues may also be used earlier in the year, and a book version of the collection will be made available.
Suggestions for people to photograph and interview are welcome.  To do so, contact Gary Borders at gary.borders@gmail.com.

T-ShirtsLongview 150 T-Shirts
Get your commemorative O.H. Methvin “Dude, that’s a long view” shirt at the Gregg County Historical Museum and the Longview Public Library for $20.