December 2017

01 Dec The ’50s: Community Strong, 2018 Heritage Days theme

The Heritage Days Steering Committee has named the theme for the 2018 Heritage Days festivities as The ’50s: Community Strong. Festivities celebrating Huntington’s 55th Heritage Days will relate to the 1950’s, continuing to explore our heritage, and will be held at locations throughout the community, Wednesday, June 20 through Sunday, June 24. The 1950’s in Huntington were a family-oriented time where much of the city’s activities took place in the main business district. The principal business district extended north and south with Jefferson Street as the main thoroughfare and included the adjoining streets. All of the retail shopping, restaurants, churches and activities were found here. Community Gym, located in the former Central Elementary School, was the location of many countywide events including basketball tournaments, dances, sock hops, concerts and more. Cruising through town in a ’50s automobile was also a popular way to connect with friends. The Heritage Days 2018 button depicts the former YMCA, which was located at the corner of Warren and Washington Streets. The YMCA was considered the community center of the 1950’s in Huntington according to a Newcomers Guide from 1951. It was the main location for youth activities and its facilities were used by many organized civic, social and religious groups of the city and county. The Swing Inn Club was located in the lower level of the “Y” and boasted a membership of 500 high school boys and girls. In 1951 a countywide learn to swim campaign was promoted for the first time with 372 boys and girls participating. The ’50s were a colorful vibrant era, and it was a time of hard work getting the country back to stability after a period of war and reconstruction. People were happy and by the end of the ’50s, the hard work of rebuilding the country had paid off....

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