Bicentennial Celebration to feature UConn in parade (Released: 4/22/96)
by Darlene Salzer, Office of University Communications.
HARTFORD, Conn. -- The human version of Jonathan, the Husky dog mascot, will march in the parade for the bicentennial celebration of the Old State House May 11.
UConn President Harry J. Hartley, Fred Cazel, the mayor of Mansfield, and several members of the Mansfield's committee for the event will ride in a horse-drawn wagon pulled by a Morgan horse from UConn. The rear of the wagon will feature large pictures of the Wilbur Cross Building at UConn and the first silk mill in the United States, which was located in Mansfield from 1810-1932.
The Old State House has served as City Hall and as a home to the Chamber of Commerce, the Red Cross and the Hartford Symphony. Numerous historical events have taken place there, which allowed for recognition as a National Historic Landmark in 1962.
Albert Van Dusen, retired state historian and professor emeritus at UConn, referred to the Old State House as "Connecticut's single most important building."
All 169 towns and cities in Connecticut are encouraged to participate in the parade with a creative float, band, historic skit, tourist attraction or any significant event representing their community.