Brainerd History Group Pre-Selling Sesquicentennial Banners

Brainerd, MN—This year the City of Brainerd is celebrating its 150th anniversary. In an effort to highlight the Sesquicentennial, 250 new light pole banners will be installed along Washington St., Mill Ave., South 6th St. and in downtown Brainerd in late May. The Brainerd History Group is pre-selling the banners for $75 apiece. The proceeds of the fundraiser will be used to install historical markers and monuments throughout the City of Brainerd. Banners may be pre-purchased through Visit Brainerd and are available online, in-store or by phone.

“This is a very unique memento for someone who wants to remember the Sesquicentennial,” said Mary Devine Johnson, Executive Director of Visit Brainerd. “We also love the connection between the celebration of history to support projects commemorating the city’s history in the future.”

The next major project for the Brainerd History Group is the installation of a monument at “The Crossing” which is the railroad bridge on East River Road connecting the two sides of the Mississippi River. The marker will commemorate the 1871 completion of the bridge and the 1875 bridge collapse. The monument will be installed north of the Brainerd Fire Department in August with a dedication of the monument during Sesquicentennial Week being held September 18-25.

The banners are 18 inches wide by 36 inches tall, full color print on vinyl, and include an image of the Sesquicentennial logo designed by Mayor Dave Badeaux. Purchasers may pick-up the banners at Visit Brainerd, or make arrangements to have them shipped, once the banners are removed from the light poles in late October.

Visit Brainerd is the official destination marketing organization and visitor’s bureau for the cities of Baxter and Brainerd, MN. Established in 1995, as a non-profit corporation and primarily funded by a local lodging tax, they represent the tourism and hospitality businesses within the cities of Baxter and Brainerd; are committed to promoting the cities as a leisure, business and convention travel destination, and as the economic center of the Brainerd Micropolitan Area; and are dedicated to providing comprehensive, unbiased visitor information.


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Attached: Image of banner designed by Mayor Dave Badeaux.