City Hall Dedication

Holyoke to Dedicate City Hall Building


Holyoke, MA. Believe it or not, Holyoke’s City Hall building was never dedicated upon its completion back in 1876. The Holyoke community will honor the date of our City’s incorporation (April 7, 1873) with a proper dedication ceremony at City Hall l take place on Thursday, April 6, 2023 beginning at 3:00pm at Holyoke City Hall.  Events will include a Presentation of the Flag; music by Caledonian Pipe Band, Holyoke High School as well as the Western Massachusetts Senior Band; a land acknowledgement shared by Rhonda Anderson of Indian Affairs; a brief history of the building; remarks by Mayor Garcia, Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll, Senator John Velis, Representative Pat Duffy, and many other distinguished guests. After the ceremony, all are invited to the City Hall Ballroom to sample a “Taste of Holyoke,” engage with the bilingual exhibit Holyoke City Hall: The Finest Hall in New England on Wistariahurst’s mobile museum, and experience the grand architecture and magnificent stained glass windows. 150th Anniversary Merchandise will be available for sale. 


The first inhabitants of this area of the Connecticut River Valley include: Native Americans – the Algonguins, including the Nipmucs, Pequots, and Mohegans, as well as Agawams to the south, and the Nonotucks and Pocumtucs to the north. Eventually, early European settlers obtained the land that would be incorporated into the future boundaries of Holyoke. Holyoke was first colonized in 1745, officially incorporated as a town in 1850, and later as a city in 1873.


Mayor Garcia remarked, “Although built of stone, as so many monuments are, Holyoke’s City Hall is a living, working monument. Our City Hall welcomes every citizen from every neighborhood in our diverse, dynamic city. It is a monument to democracy and equality.”


Please join us for this unique and memorable occasion for Holyoke and its residents.


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