Brentwood 50th Memorabilia - Holiday Gifts
July 25th means one more month closer to the holidays and many will begin thinking about Christmas, holiday shopping and gifts.
The City of Brentwood has been celebrating its 50th year as an incorporated municipality throughout 2019. To commemorate the 50th celebration, several items are available for purchase which include, a custom watercolor map print of historic Brentwood landmarks, T-shirts printed with the historic map, as well as a few limited event T-shirts and a popular memoir by a Brentwood native.
These gifts are the perfect way to commemorate your love of Brentwood, celebrate the city’s 50 years as a city, or honor friends and family.
The 50th Steering Committee is selling the illustrated maps and a limited number of "A Golden Gallop" event t-shirts. The T-shirts are available in blue and white for $10. The illustrated maps are available on an unframed 11x17 print on white matte card stock for $20 and a 16x24 white canvas wrapped around a wood frame for $75. The map is the work of artist Jennifer S. Britton of Cordially Creative. The map features historic landmarks special to Brentwood that were suggested by Historic Commission members and the 50th Steering Board, who worked for months to develop the list of places including Ravenswood Mansion, Mooreland Mansion, (now City Park), the WSM tower, the Maryland Farms barn (now YMCA), Brentwood’s first churches, and schools.
The Citizens for Brentwood Green Space is partnering with the City to sell short-sleeved and three-quarter sleeve T-shirts with the historic map illustration for $23 and $34 online. (Shipping is not available; in person pick up only at Brentwood City Hall.) Shirts will also be available for purchase at the Brentwood Green Space annual Walk in the Park fundraiser on September 15 at Smith Park. All proceeds from the T-shirt sales will go directly to benefit city parks.
Brentwood Historic Commission Chairwoman Anne Goad says she is proud that the artwork will serve as a reminder of the past. “Our mission is to promote an awareness of Brentwood’s rich cultural history and heritage. We welcome any chance we get to provide educational opportunities to accomplish our goal,” Goad said.
In celebration of the 50th, the Historic Commission also partnered with Brentwood author John Oden Sr., to reprint his book, The Brentwood I Remember, in which Oden recalls vivid memories from his childhood as the son of the area postmaster. “I remember when the Brentwood Methodist church burned. I was four, but I remember the flames and the smoke,” Oden said. Born in 1932, Oden lived on the road now known as Wilson Pike Circle. He attended a two-room schoolhouse known as Lipscomb and later Battle Ground Academy. In the book Oden, who lived in Brentwood for the first 30 years of his life, relives memories of his time also spent with those from the Hardscuffle community.
The books are $50, with proceeds benefiting historic preservation in the city.