It’s for the Sestercentennial. And now you ask just what the heck is that?

This is what Daniel Webster had to say about Sestercentennnial.

That was my reaction, especially when I looked it up in the dictionary. I guess Daniel Webster had no idea either.

In a list of the appointments to Boards and Commissions that Gov. Andy Beshear announced last week, you’ll find this:

Appointed Steven Cawood, Rufus Friday, and Ed Clark as members of the Kentucky Sestercentennial Commission. Gov. Beshear has also appointed Ed Clark as chair of the commission.

  • Steven Cawood of Pineville is retired. Mr. Cawood shall serve for a term expiring Jan. 1, 2027.
  • Rufus Friday of Richmond is executive director of the Hope Center. Mr. Friday shall serve for a term expiring Jan. 1, 2027.
  • Ed Clark of Lexington is an attorney at Clark Law Office, Inc. Mr. Clark shall serve for a term expiring Jan. 1, 2027.

Ok, but still the dictionary doesn’t answer the question. So I went to one of the appointees, the one we all know. Rufus Friday, former president and publisher of the Lexington Herald-Leader. I figured if he was appointed to that commission at least he would know what it’s all about.

And he did. And he answered my question: Just what is a Sestercentennial?

Here’s Rufus’ response:

“It is the governor’s commission that will be working with the District of Columbia on the 250th anniversary of the country in July 2026.

“The United States Semiquincentennial (also called Sestercentennial or Quarter Millennial) will be the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Colonies in 1776. Festivities will be scheduled to mark various events leading up to the anniversary on July 4, 2026.”
So now you know. Sestercentennial is the 250th anniversary of something.
And why will all terms expire January 1, 2027? Well, the 250th anniversary will have ended six months prior. No reason for the commission to continue functioning.
Then it will be on to the 300th anniversary. Whatever term that will be called.

One response to “It’s for the Sestercentennial. And now you ask just what the heck is that?”

  1. Gaye Bencini says:

    I learned something!

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