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About the Centennial

Welcome to the Official Upper Arlington Centennial Website!

Planning for Upper Arlington’s 100th birthday has been an invigorating and fun endeavor for our team of some 30 volunteers, civic group and public entity representatives. Since work first began in 2014, a steering committee has overseen the efforts of several subcommittees, helping to shape a plentiful list of ideas into actionable projects and events.

Use this website as your resource for all things Centennial; upcoming events, a short history about Upper Arlington, progress on the exciting Legacy Projects and more. You can also view Centennial apparel that is available purchase through the Centennial year. Just click the Centennial merchandise tab at the top of the page for more details.


About the Centennial Logo

You have probably noticed this logo appear on City publications, booths during local events or maybe on one of our Centennial shirts or hats. Creating a logo that would resonate with citizens was one of the first goals of the Centennial planning group. Jenny Ledman – a resident and graphic designer – agreed to design the Centennial logo as a gift to the community.

The next step involved resident feedback on identifying visual components of existing community logos and logos from other cities’ special celebrations. Jenny then created a logo built around UA’s Golden Bear, with prominent text, a burst of fireworks in deference to UA’s most popular community celebration-the Fourth of July- and featuring the tagline “A Cherished Past | A Golden Future.”


Meet the Centennial Planners

None of this would of been possible if it wasn’t for the hard work, effective planning and dedicationof the Centennial Planners. Starting in 2014, a group of volunteers has been brainstorming countless ideas to come up with the best events, programs and legacy projects that would befit our wonderful community.

The group has grown since then, joining in the efforts to help create the Centennial logo, bringing new ideas and helping shape the most exciting project- The Centennial Plaza and History Walk Legacy Project located at Northam Park.

Front Row (from left): Melanie Circle Brown (UA Historical Society), Brent Theaker (UACA), Rich Simpson (Chair), Charlie Groezinger (Legacy Projects Chair), Michele Hoyle (Finance Chair), Amy Schossler (UA Commission on Aging)
Middle Row: Jean Hayward, Kristin Devor, Sara Klein (UA Library), Jenn Faure (UA Library), Ron Johnson, Erik Yassenoff (Vice Chair), Ed Seidel (UA Historical Society), Debbie McLaughlin (City of UA)
Back Row: Jared Nyart (City of UA), Lynette Santoro-Au (City of UA), Brooke Bowman (City of UA), Tracy Harbold (UA Community Foundation), Matt Leber (City of UA), Pete Walsh (UACA), Jeremy Kelley (UA Education Foundation)

Not Pictured: Steve Blunk (UACA), Joanie Dugger (UA Education Foundation), Kip Greenhill (Upper Arlington City Council), Mary Ellen Hatch (Leadership UA), Megan Hoffman (formerly City of UA), Debbie Holstein, Georgia Kaltenbach, Estelle Scott (UA Senior Center), Emma Speight (City of UA/Communications Chair), Karen Truett (UA Schools)

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