As Wilton Manors prepares to celebrate its 75th anniversary next year, one organization is seeking memories to share.
The Wilton Manors Business Association is asking for public participation in the creation of its annual city business guide and directory. To commemorate the city’s diamond jubilee, WMBA needs articles, photographs and other pertinent documentation to include in its annual publication.
“We’re making a very public appeal for the history of Wilton Manors,” said Peter Jackson, WMBA vice president.
Historical content can be submitted through Oct. 22. This year marks the 32nd edition of the guide and directory, said Jackson.
“The evolution of Wilton Manors since the first mayor was elected in 1947 is a fascinating one because of the way the business community has mirrored the ever-changing social landscape,” Jackson said.
A list of all the city’s mayors is still hard to come by, said Jackson. Some of the pioneering businesses are even harder to unearth.
“There’s been very little history saved,” Jackson said. “We’re trying to put together a list of some of the oldest businesses but we don’t know who they are.”
Jackson is hoping interested residents can fill in some of the historical gaps. Plans are to include old photos and newspaper clippings in this year’s book, scheduled for a Dec. 2 general release.
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