ROCKLAND 150th

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The Town of Rockland is thrilled to announce our Sesquicentennial anniversary! This year-long celebration commemorates the incorporation of Rockland on March 9, 1874, and will serve as a tribute to the Town's rich history, vibrant present, and promising future. As a small town with a big heart, we look forward to showcasing the best of Rockland!

The Town is proud to commemorate the individuals and groups who have played a significant role in shaping its history. The 150th Celebration aims to ignite excitement about the Town's diverse offerings and encourage community engagement. Join us as we celebrate this milestone and continue to uphold our strong community pride. 

PIECES OF ROCKLAND PROJECT  

As part of Rockland’s 150th Anniversary Celebration, the town invites Rockland artists and designers to participate in “Pieces of Rockland,” a collaborative mural project about our Town. Each artist will be tasked with the job of creating original artwork about the Town of Rockland on an individual puzzle piece. Once completed, all of the pieces will be put together to create a moving mural to be showcased throughout the Town. The chosen artists will have their work displayed for all to enjoy. We invite people of all ages to participate in this project as we celebrate 150 years!

Please click on the link for more information and to apply for the mural project: Pieces of Rockland Collaborative Mural Project Artist Agreement and Application

2024 Event Timeline

February 7th        Application process opens

March 15th          Applications will be accepted no later than midnight on March 15th

March 25th          Selected Artists will be notified

March 25- 29th   Selected Artists will pick up their puzzle piece

April 24th             Completed Artwork to be turned in

STAY TUNED

More details and information coming soon!

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ROCKLAND PUBLIC ARTS REDO (1584 x 396 px) (2)FEBRUARY

7th - Celebration Community Meeting & Launch of Puzzle Pieces Art Display Initiative

MARCH

 Art in the Rotunda Monthly Exhibit: A Walk up the Hill, a Look at our Town Long Ago

Presented by Rockland Historical Commission in collaboration with Friends of Rockland Memorial Library 

8th - “Our Town” Amateur Adult Poetry Slam Presented by Rockland Recreation

Register: Rockland Recreation: Amateur Adult Poetry Slam "Our Town"

9th - Town Birthday Party Celebrating the Town's Establishment

Date to be determined - Rockland Throughout History Series: Fireside Chat with Donald Cann, Part 1 

APRIL

Date to be determined- Rockland Throughout History Series: Fireside Chat with Donald Cann, Part 2

MAY

1st & 2nd - Rockland High School Arts Festival 

5th - Old Time Baseball Game  

27th - Memorial Day Observance

JUNE 

15th - 150th Celebration Parade & Rockland Day Festival & Fireworks

29th - Beards & Bonnets Contest at Rockland Open Air Market 

29th-30th - Encampment at Hartsuff  

JULY

1st - Town-Wide Scavenger Hunt Launches 

AUGUST

1st - Rockland Photo Challenge Launches  

OCTOBER

5th - Rockland Fall Festival

NOVEMBER

Art in the Rotunda Monthly Exhibit Presented by Rockland Historical Commission 

in collaboration with Friends of Rockland Memorial Library 

Date to be determined- Rockland Throughout History Series: Fireside Chat with Donald Cann, Finale


Additional programming to be scheduled: Victorian Holiday Display, Community Yard Sale, Town Departments Competition/Game

All events are subject to change.

Rockland Recreation Event


HISTORY

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Photography Credit: Facebook You know you're from Rockland when... John Bishop, Shannon Hayward/South Shore page, Pamela Ryan

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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Topographical Survey Commission. Atlas of the Boundaries of the Town of Rockland, Plymouth County, 1898. Commissioners Desmond FitzGerald, Alfred E. Burton, Frank W. Hodgon. State Library of Massachusetts, State House Boston, November 15, 1899. 

Atlas of Abington and Rockland, Massachusetts - Digital Commonwealth, 1874. Publisher: Comstock & Cline

Plymouth County Registry of Deeds | Rockland, MA 1879 Atlas, pages 25-27 

Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division, Sanborn Maps Collection | Rockland, MA, May 1885

Digital Commonwealth Massachusetts Collections Online, Rockland.