Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr (left) stands with former Cheyenne Mayor Bill Nation.

Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr on Tuesday announced the members of the Cheyenne 150th Anniversary Committee.

The following are prepared remarks for the event.

Good morning everyone. Thank you for coming out.

Anyone who has come up to my office has noticed a wall of photos in the reception area. All black and white photos. Portraits. 46 of them.

It’s the wall of mayors. Everyone who has served as Mayor of the great city of Cheyenne.

It’s missing two. George Cassels, who served as Mayor from January 1874 to January 1875 (but they called the position President back then). Poor guy we don’t appear to have a photo of him.

And a photo of me. But that’s my fault. I’ll put my photo up there eventually and be honored to join such a distinguished crowd.

There are some big names on that wall. Names that live on today. Francis E. Warren (pause). Joseph Carey (pause). Bill Nation.

We have a fascinating history. And a lot of living history. How blessed are we that we have six living former mayors among us. And I’ve been in touch with every one before and after the campaign.

The one that I just mentioned — Bill Nation — just missed the city’s 100th anniversary celebration as he was in office from 1962 – 1966.

So, I thought it was only appropriate that he be a part of the 150th anniversary. (By the way, Mayor Nation did come back and ran the city again from 1973 – 1977 but that’s another story).

On August 8, we will celebrate Cheyenne’s sequicentennial. That’s the day we were officially incorporated.

It was only a few years later that work began on the State Capitol Building. I’m sorry to say that they’re still not finished. But that’s another story

I am proud to announce today the members of my 150th Celebration Steering Committee. These are the people who will be planning our sequicentennial celebration. And I don’t think we could have assembled a better group of people to lead this celebration. May I introduce.

Mona Pearl, Committee Chair
Beth Edwards
Alfrieda Gonzales
Pete Illoway
Jonath Jackson
Lisa Murphy
Phil Van Horn
And our honorary chairman, former Mayor Bill Nation

APPLAUSE

I’d like to thank at Visit Cheyenne for the great work in designing the logo for our 150th anniversary.

It’s beautiful. Great work from Visit Cheyenne as always. This steering committee will be working closely with Visit Cheyenne on this celebration. And you can monitor progress at the website cheyenne150.com.

We are also asking for your ideas. We want to hear from you. Go to this page and you can email ideas there.

We want help in fundraising too. So, let’s all do this together and make our 150th fantastic.

Let’s get to work.