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The Springville Historical Society and the Chamber of Commerce invite businesses and members of the chamber to participate in this year's celebration of the city's 145th birthday Friday, Sept. 15, from 3 to 6 p.m.

This year's Founders Day festivities will focus on "Main Street Then and Now" and the changes that have taken place over the years. Several merchants still occupy buildings constructed during the "financial expansion" of the city in the 1890s. The Historical Society is attempting to locate old photos of the buildings still in use today.A special "Walk Down Main Street" tour will begin at the Carnegie Library, at Main Street and 100 South. Maps will be provided, and members of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers will be located at various business sites to give histories of the buildings.

Springville's first center of business was located north of Center Street with the largest number of stores between Center and 200 North. In the 1890s the town's business district moved south to its current location.

Business owners and employees are encouraged to "dress up" in period costumes, hold sales, serve refreshments and offer other celebration activities. The Historical Society will also serve free scones and drinks at the library.

For more information call Glenn Alleman, 489-3969; Helen Beard-hall, 489-6989; or Rell Francis, 489-6647.