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BiCentennial Celebration 11am

September 23, 2017

Ulysses to Celebrate County Bicentennial with Sign Unveiling, Music, Drama, Ice Cream

As one of the earliest townships in Tompkins County, the Town of Ulysses will celebrate its historic
role with a short public celebration on Saturday, September 23, at 11am at the Town Hall, 10 Elm
Street. The gathering, which is free and open to all, will go on, rain or shine.

Focused on the unveiling of a new cast-iron historic marker for Ulysses, provided by the Tompkins
County Bicentennial Commission, the event will include brief welcoming remarks; a dramatic
presentation by featured guest Mary McLallen Treman, wife of Trumansburg village founder Abner
Treman (as portrayed by Reanna Lavine); appropriate music offered by the Trumansburg
Community Chorus and musician Bill Gregg; participation by Boy Scouts from local Troop 13 and
girls from the local Girl Scout Service Unit; as well as—courtesy of the county Bicentennial
Commission—free servings of “Tompkins County Swirl,” a commemorative ice cream created by
Sweet Melissa’s.

Tompkins County was created in April 1817, by an act of the New York State legislature, and the
event has been marked in various ways throughout this 200th anniversary year. According to Michael
Lane, chair of the county legislature, this extended celebration is geared to “allow our residents to
become better educated about the county’s history.” To that end, Lane said, activities have been
planned and presented all around the county “that are serious, glorious, and fun for all.” The Ulysses
event on September 23 has certainly been arranged with those goals in mind.
Plans for the Ulysses celebration have been guided by town historian John Wertis, working with
Trumansburg village historian S.K. List, Ulysses town clerk Carissa Parlato, and deputy town
supervisor Nancy Zahler.

For more information about the Tompkins County Bicentennial, please visit