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Committee planning Thomas Jefferson Day celebration

Committee planning Thomas Jefferson Day celebration

January 17th, 2018 by Nicole Roberts in Local News

In this Aug. 2014 photo, Patrick Lee gives a performance as Thomas Jefferson in Chicago.

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Jefferson City officials and community members are planning a day to celebrate Thomas Jefferson and the city's namesake later this year.

The Jefferson City Cultural Arts Commission agreed Tuesday to sponsor Thomas Jefferson Day, which would celebrate Jefferson's accomplishments and the city's namesake.

Ward 2 Councilman Rick Mihalevich is assembling a planning group of potential sponsors to organize the event, set to take place in April. The group will meet as soon as possible, but Mihalevich said a date has not yet been set.

"We hope to get a core group interested and get some really good ideas of how to project (Jefferson's) statesmanship, how to project what he means to this region and the city and the state," Mihalevich said. "My initial hope is to get the critical people involved and let them dream up what we could do in the future."

The United States' third president was born April 13, 1743. Mihalevich said he hopes to host the event on Jefferson's 275th birthday, but the group would have to discuss the official date of the celebration.

The event would have an educational aspect but, Mihalevich noted, it's still in the early planning stage.

In August, the Jefferson City Budget Committee approved $1,000 for the celebration for this fiscal year.