August 1948: Syracuse Celebrates its Centennial

Syracuse Centennial Celebration, August 1948

The City of Syracuse celebrated its centennial between August 14-21, 1948.  The celebration week was the largest event of its kind in the history of the city.  Thousands of Syracusans participated in making possible the proper observance.  A list of special events included historical performances at Archbold Stadium at Syracuse University, a huge street parade with floats, and the election of Betty Michaels as the centennial queen. A video of the celebration can be seen below.

Here’s the Post Standard from August 15th describing the centennial celebrations.

Syracuse was incorporated as a city in 1848 by combining of the villages of Salina and Syracuse, which was named by John Wilkinson in 1824, and its first mayor was Harvey Baldwin. Describing the creation of the new city, the Syracuse Daily Star reported that:

The event of our union with our sister village, and assuming the title of city, was signalized by all sorts of…rejoicing last evening.  Firing of cannon, bonfires, illuminations, etc., continued until a late hour.  Kellogg’s brass band was out, and constituted one of the principal attractions of the evening.