Yesterday, Uwchlan Township got a jumpstart on its 300th birthday celebration for  2012.

To begin the festivities, State Sen. Andrew Dinniman presented the Uwchlan Township Historical Commission with a proclamation, and the township debuted a new publication: "Uwchlan Township 300 Years Above the Valley by  Susannah W. Brody, a 30-year township resident. The book is  a 192-page history of Uwchlan's people, places and events. Articles and pictures include students who attended school in 1896, the first woman in the township to own a car, and the burial records from Uwchlan Meeting, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, and St. Paul's Lutheran Church. It also chronicles the Underground Railroad and the East Brandywine and Waynesboro Railroad.

Copies of the book, which costs $30, are available at the  township building,  714 N. Ship Road, Exton, 19341. Other Tricentennial activities will coincides with the 2012 Community Day, an old fashioned "Cow Flop" at Milky Way Farm, and other events.