Celebrating 150 Years
1873 - 2023
August 17-20, 2023
In 2023, Horace will be 150 years old. While we expect smaller events to occur throughout the year, our main celebration will take place on August 17-20, 2023 and coincide with our annual Bean Days.
As of January 2022, we are just at the beginning. The information you find here will grow and grow as we approach our main event. History through stories, photos and videos, along with souvenirs and sponsorship information, will be added to this site as time goes on.
We are looking forward to creating a place for new and longtime residents alike to celebrate our beloved town.
With Hendrick Clemenson and Ulphie Cossette leading the way,
by the time Horace was declared a town in North Dakota, many pioneers had settled these fertile lands, journeying from Quebec and Ontario, Sweden and Norway. Although they struggled through harsh winters and the floods of spring, they never surrendered their dream to make this their home.
Horace is named after Horace Greeley, American publisher, founder, and editor of the New York Tribune, which became the highest-circulated newspaper in the country. Greeley was active in politics and served briefly as a congressman from New York. He was also the unsuccessful new Liberal Republican party candidate in the 1872 presidential election against incumbent President Ulysses S. Grant.
It is only fitting that Horace be named after Greeley because he encouraged the settlement of the American West. Horace Greeley saw the West as a land of opportunity for the young and unemployed. Although he didn't coin it, he popularized the slogan “Go West, young man, and grow up with the country.”
In 1973, the centennial was celebrated, and again in 1997, the quasquicentennial (125th anniversary) was celebrated. Now we are preparing to celebrate our city's 150th year.
Our sesquicentennial is upon us.
Horace is located just 16 miles southwest of downtown Fargo. Even though Horace is experiencing a rapid growth rate of 700% since 2016, the community’s goal is to keep its charming small-town feel. To ensure that future generations will enjoy this beautiful strip of land -- 10.77 square miles to be exact -- elected officials and residents want to make sure that traditions are upheld and that Horace’s history will be preserved.
With its small-town appeal for all who settle this area like the pioneers of long ago, Horace is striving to maintain that certain kind of charm.
Winter Aerial of Horace
The date is approaching fast and we’re making preparations. Don’t miss out!
Our sesquicentennial event will be August 17-20, 2023