The signs will be placed at the entrances to the village, after the village decides what date to put on them.
The prototype produced by Imagine-Hamburg, the community group that is sponsoring the signs, lists 1803 on the bottom.
But the village seal lists 1874 as the village incorporation date.
"There is a difference between emphasizing our history and the legal aspects of
"My thought was, welcome to the
Settlers were living in what is now the village for more than 70 years before it was incorporated, and land for the first grist mill was purchased in 1806, Glass and
Snyder said any questions or confusion about the sign are an opportunity.
"We don't see it as a negative, we see it as an opportunity to teach about our historic past to help get excitement for our historic past," she said.
"Our creek theme and the date 1803 is one teachable moment," Glass said.
Snyder said the goals for the new signs are to have visible, attractive signs at 11 village gateways, raise awareness of the importance of
"We need to teach the story because we need, down the road, young people to get excited, interested and involved in our history so that they carry on after we are no longer here," she said.
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