Official Website of the Massena, New York 2002 Bicentennial Celebration!


Formal Ball & Proclamation Ceremony Held March 2-3


International Opening:  Cornwall, Ontario Mayor Brian Sylvester offers Bicentennial best wishes to Massena Town Supervisor Sanford Cook at formal ball, March 2nd.

Massena Bicentennial Committee Chairman Doug Huntley welcomes 300 guests to formal Bicentennial Ball.

Dancing to the performance of the "Frank Sinatra Show," performed by the Joey Thomas Big Band.

History author and WMSA News Director Bob LaRue gave a half-hour presentation on the 200-year history of Massena, during the Proclamation Ceremony.

The New York Power Authority sponsored a spectacular fireworks display after official Proclamation Ceremonies to cap Massena's actual birthday, March 3, 2002.

Massena's 2002 Bicentennial Logo honors America and Massena's Seaway heritage.  The logo includes the theme for the event, "Celebrating Our Past, Building Our Future." The image was created by Bicentennial Committeewoman Grace Danboise of Massena.   The copyrighted image will be found in all Bicentennial promotions, literature and displays. 

"Historic Massena" Photo Collection - The Bicentennial photo project compiled by Massena Central High School students provides a broad look at Massena's 200-year history.  To see the collection, click here.


The Celebration of a Lifetime! 
It's the 200th birthday party marking the founding of the town of Massena, New York.  Located directly on the 
St. Lawrence River, Massena is the gatekeeper to the America's Fourth Coast, including the St. Lawrence Seaway, Thousand Islands and the Great Lakes.

Now celebrating the town's 200th year, the Massena 2002 Bicentennial Committee has prepared a rich and diverse series of events to celebrate our tremendous history, heritage and tradition;  and honor the generations of friendly, hard-working Massena citizens and families that have helped to build our community.

Check out our large Calendar of Events, including a series of concerts, parades, exhibits, tours, lectures, a Bicentennial Ball and many other events for a memorable celebration of our community's 200th anniversary!

Massena's Three-Way Celebration in 2002
  ALCOA-Massena's 100th birthday is also being celebrated in 2002!  The aluminum giant, originally called the Pittsburgh Reduction Company, opened its facilities in  the village of Massena in 1902, when the aluminum production process was still in its infancy.  Following ALCOA's merger with Reynolds in 2000, ALCOA also operates the Reynolds St. Lawrence Reduction plant, also in Massena.

The year 2002 also marks the Golden Anniversary of Massena Memorial Hospital.  Opened in 1952, the hospital replaced a temporary barracks facility which had been built of ALCOA aluminum during World War II.  Today, the hospital has approximately 45 physicians on staff to serve the greater Massena region.

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