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December 14, 2021
DOVER 400 CONCLUDES HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, concludes its monthly virtual lecture series on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at 7:00PM with an online showing of the film “Voices From the Cemetery”, an historical and entertaining montage which visits with two dozen prominent and provocative citizens from Dover’s past. Each is buried at Pine Hill Cemetery, but each comes back to life in this production, which was filmed in September 2020 for the Woodman Museum.  Several Pine Hill Cemetery re-enactment events have taken place over the past decade with in-person tours, but this version was created solely on film, without crowds, due to the pandemic. The Dover400 Committee is grateful to the Woodman Museum and to filmmaker Mike Gillis for allowing us to show the film online on the 14th.

“Voices From the Cemetery” features some familiar characters that have appeared in re-enactments before, but also some new and interesting faces and stories which will guarantee new historical knowledge about our city, and also perhaps a laugh or two! Watch the movie to enjoy, among the cast, sea captains, governors and senators, a Civil War nurse, an eccentric curmudgeon, Dover’s first mayor and his wife, two hilarious librarians, a renowned painter, a couple of impressive female entrepreneurs, Dover’s first hanging victim, a prominent druggist, the secret fiancé of John Wilkes Booth, and of course, the Weeping Bride will make an appearance too. 

Each Dover400 presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for the December 14, 2021 lecture, please RSVP on www.Dover400.org

The earlier eleven lectures in the series (presented January through November) can be viewed online if you missed them. They consecutively cover Dover history from the early 17th to the mid-20th centuries and can be found here: https://dovernh.viebit.com/index.php?folder=Dover400 or on the Dover400.org website.

Dover400 is currently underway with two fundraising campaigns, “$400 for 400”, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary; and also “The 1623 Society” with membership available for a donation of $1623.  All proceeds will support the activities planned throughout 2023. Donations may be sent to Dover400, 24 Chestnut St., Dover, NH 03820. For more information, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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November 13, 2021
DOVER PROFESSIONAL FIREFIGHTERS GIVES TO DOVER400

Dover400, a committee organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, is pleased to announce the Dover Professional Firefighters Association (“Association”) has donated $400 to support the festivities surrounding Dover’s 400th birthday in 2023.

During October’s Apple Harvest Day, the Association designed Halloween-themed stickers for sale, donating $1 for every sticker sold to Dover 400 for its efforts in putting together the City-wide celebration. “This is a creative way to bring community together during one of Dover’s most popular events-- Apple Harvest Day,” said Kevin McEneaney, President of Dover400. “We are so grateful for the Association’s contribution to our fundraising efforts.” The NH Professional Firefighters Association represents more than 2,000 active and retired professional firefighters and paramedics across the Granite State.

Established in 1623, Dover was the first permanent settlement in New Hampshire.  Dover400 has been tasked to create a celebration which involves children, adults, and Dover’s vibrant business community.  The group is in the midst of its $400 to support Dover’s 400th Anniversary campaign, an effort to raise money to support the activities planned throughout 2023. For more information about the campaign, to become a sponsor, volunteer, or to donate, please contact Dover400 at 400dover@gmail.com or visit www.dover400.org

 

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October 24, 2021
DOVER 400 CONTINUES HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, continues its virtual lecture series on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 7:00PM with an online presentation about Dover’s service during both World Wars. 

“We Can Do It:  The Garrison City Goes To War – Over There and on The Home Front”, will focus on many true tales of Dover citizens who fought in World War I and World War II, plus stories about those serving on the home front. Some of these stories will include: ration stamps, Victory Gardens, rolling bandages, War Bonds, strange aircraft, war production, wartime vacations, fingerprinting at Dover schools, “Alien Enemies”, and a secret Garrison City industry. 

The lecture will share the words of a Dover soldier at Normandy, a Dover airman over Germany, a Dover student on horseback, and a Dover submariner in the Pacific. Life in the muddy trenches of Europe will be explained – all through a Garrison City connection during these world-changing events.

Mark Leno, a 26-year retired veteran of the Dover Police Department and author of several history books including The History of the Dover Police Department, The History of the Dover Housing Authority, and Factory on Fire, a history of the Cocheco Mill Fire of 1907.  He has also helped to research, write, and act in several historical reveal events about Dover as fundraisers for Dover Main Street and the Woodman Museum.  Leno is a former Board Member of the Woodman Museum and is presently writing a book on the history of The Mount Washington Hotel and tourism in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire.  

Each Dover400 presentation is free and open to the public. The final lecture in Dover400’s monthly series will be a special movie event: “Voices From the Cemetery” which was filmed at Pine Hill Cemetery in the fall of 2020. This entertaining and educational film will be shown on December 14 at 7:00PM.

 

Dover400 is currently underway with two fundraising campaigns, “$400 for 400”, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary; and also “The 1623 Society” with membership available for a donation of $1623.  All proceeds will support the activities planned throughout 2023. Donations may be sent to Dover400, 24 Chestnut St., Dover, NH 03820. To sign up for the November 9, 2021 lecture, please RSVP on www.Dover400.org

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September 28, 2021
DOVER 400 CONTINUES HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, continues its virtual lecture series on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 7:00PM with an online lecture featuring Dover’s downtown during the past century, presented by Anthony (Tony) McManus. 

McManus will take attendees for a stroll down Central Avenue during the past decades of the 1900s. Reminiscing about the merchants, stores, and proprietors that once line the downtown as well as the variety of second floor shops. McManus will recount how the character of downtown changed, beginning in the 1950s and explain the impact of Joe Sawtelle and Tim Pearson in the 1970s with their renovations to the old mills.  This webinar will also cover the horse trolleys, several of the fires, the Tannery “gunk”, and other interesting topics.

McManus was born in Dover, graduated from Dover High School (now the McConnell Center), then returned to Dover after college and law school. At various times, among other things, he has been City Attorney, a member of Planning Board, a City Council member, and he represented Ward 5, then Ward 3, in the NH Legislature. McManus was also a member of the Pease Development Authority Board, a Trustee at the Woodman Museum, and, as an avid local historian in his retirement, is the author of the currently running series, “Historically Speaking”, in Foster’s Daily Democrat.

Each Dover400 presentation is free and open to the public. Upcoming lectures in the monthly series include:

  • Dover’s service in the two World Wars

  • Movie event: “Voices From the Cemetery” ---filmed at Pine Hill Cemetery 2020

 

The earlier nine lectures cover early Dover history from the 17th to 19th centuries (presented January through September) can be viewed on the Dover400 website.

Dover400 is currently underway with two fundraising campaigns, “$400 for 400”, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary; and “The 1623 Society” with membership available for a donation of $1,623.  All proceeds will support the activities, lectures, and community events planned leading up to and throughout 2023. Donations may be sent to Dover400, 24 Chestnut St., Dover, NH 03820. To register for the October 12, 2021 lecture please head to www.Dover400.org

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September 22, 2021
CENTRAL FIRE STATION FEATURED IN PEWTER ORNAMENT

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, has unveiled its third design of a five-piece collector’s set of ornaments in celebration of Dover’s 400th birthday. Produced by Hampshire Pewter, this souvenir features Dover’s Central Fire Station, built in 1899.

Located at 9-11 Broadway Avenue, the Central Station has served as Fire and Rescue headquarters for more than 100 years. This station houses a Frontline Engine, a reserve Engine and reserve Ambulance. The station is currently staffed 24 hours a day by a Lieutenant and 2 Firefighters. As the city grew, the department eventually opened two more stations—North End Station in 1967 located on Sixth Street and the South End Station on Durham Road, which opened in 2008.

Annually leading up to 2023, a new design is released each featuring a distinguished piece of Dover history and culture. The first ornament showcased Dover’s beloved landmark, the Garrison Damn House. The second installment highlighted Dover’s famed Garrison Tower. Ornaments can be purchased in person for $20 at Dover City Clerk’s Office, the Dover Chamber of Commerce, or the Dover Library. The group will also have ornaments available at its table during Apple Harvest Day, on October 2, 2021.

Dover400 is currently underway with several fundraising initiatives: $400 for 400, a campaign seeking $400 from 400 people; The 1623 Society, a special opportunity to recognize direct ties to Dover with a donation of $1,623; and selling branded merchandise and promotional items. For more information about the collection, or to become a sponsor, volunteer or donate, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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August 27, 2021
DOVER 400 CONTINUES HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, continues its virtual lecture series on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, at 7:00PM with an online presentation about the origins and collections of Dover’s Woodman Museum. 

The Woodman Museum was founded in 1916 from a trust established by Annie E. Woodman. The four historic houses that make up the campus include:

  • The Woodman House (1818) houses a large collection of rocks, minerals, and fossils, an extensive display of taxidermy specimens including animals of all sizes, marine life, birds, and butterflies, and the War Memorial Rooms on the third floor.

  • The Damm Garrison House (1675), housed under the protective white canopy mid-campus, is the oldest house in Dover and displays over 800 artifacts from the colonial era.

  • The Hale House (1813) holds an eclectic collection of diverse objects which detail the social, economic, cultural, and industrial history of Dover.  Formerly the home of Abolitionist U.S. Senator John Parker Hale, the home also includes some primary examples of early seacoast-built furniture and related artworks.

  • The Keefe House (1825) contains a small library, as well as the Thom Hindle Art Gallery and museum offices. The adjoining barn displays early examples of Dover carriages and tools.

 

The presenter for this month’s webinar is Mike Day, Operations Director for the Woodman Museum. Day, a lifelong resident of the area, has a background in teaching and carpentry and began volunteering at the Museum as a docent in 2011. He was hired as a Tour Guide in 2013 and was promoted to Operations Director in 2017, after an apprenticeship with former curator Thom Hindle. Day’s decade-long service at the Museum has resulted in updated displays, refreshed exhibits, and creative programs which have attracted many new visitors. 

Each Dover400 presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for the September 14, 2021 lecture, please RSVP on www.Dover400.org

The earlier eight lectures in the series (presented January through August) can be viewed online if you missed them. The presentations cover early Dover history from the 17th to 19th centuries and can be found here: https://dovernh.viebit.com/index.php?folder=Dover400 or on the Dover400.org website.

Upcoming lectures in the monthly series include:

  • Downtown Dover during the early 20th Century

  • Dover’s service in the two World Wars

  • Movie event: “Voices From the Cemetery” ---filmed at Pine Hill Cemetery 2020

 

Dover400 is currently underway with two fundraising campaigns, “$400 for 400”, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary; and the “The 1623 Society” with membership available for a donation of $1623.  All proceeds will support the activities planned throughout 2023. Donations may be sent to Dover400, 24 Chestnut St., Dover, NH 03820. For more information, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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July 28, 2021
DOVER 400 CONTINUES HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, continues its virtual lecture series on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, at 7:00PM with an online presentation about Dover illustrious history as a 19th century shipping port. This discussion will be presented by George Maglaras.

Maglaras is the proprietor of George’s Marina which is located at the former epicenter of Dover’s thriving and bustling seaport. This shipping trade, which included all manner of vessels from gundalows to 3-masted schooners, also supported many businesses and industries which lined the Cochecho River. This area, along Cochecho Street, was the commercial center of Dover for 200 years, until the great flood of 1896, called “Dover’s Black Day”, wiped out most riverfront businesses and deposited vast amounts of silt and sand into the river, essentially ending large-scale shipping.

A highly regarded raconteur of Dover’s maritime history, Maglaras has been a Strafford County Commissioner for 19 terms, and Chairman since 1987. He has more than 45 years of involvement in numerous civic, municipal, and state organizations as well, serving in the NH Legislature and as Mayor of Dover in 1990-91. His presentation will combine the waterfront history with a large dose of entertainment through George’s tales of river lore and legend.

Each Dover400 presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for the July 13, 2021 lecture, please RSVP on www.Dover400.org

The earlier seven lectures covering early Dover history from the 17th to the 19th centuries in the series (presented January through July) can be viewed online here.

 

Upcoming lectures in the monthly series include:

  • Treasures of the Woodman Museum

  • Downtown Dover During the early 20th Century

  • Dover’s service in the two World Wars

 

Dover400 is currently underway with its first fundraising campaign, $400 for 400, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary. And recently launched the 1623 Society for those with deep roots in Dover. All proceeds will support the activities planned throughout 2023. Donations may be sent to Dover400, 24 Chestnut St., Dover, NH 03820. For more information, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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July 14, 2021
DOVER400 ANNOUNCES 1623 SOCIETY

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, recently announced the formation of the 1623 Society, a special opportunity to recognize direct ties to Dover with a donation of $1,623.  All proceeds will be used to cover costs associated with events planned for Dover’s 400th birthday in 2023.

 

The group formed on the suggestion of Steve Roberts, who is also the Society's first donor. Steve Roberts is a direct descendant of Thomas Roberts (b.c. 1600, d. 1673), one of the original settlers of Dover. Thomas Robert's lineage dates all the way back to the beginning of Dover when he landed on Dover Point with the Hilton Brothers in 1623.  Thomas' wife Rebecca, is believed to be the sister (or sister in law) of Edward and William Hilton. Thomas settled on land on Dover Neck which remained in the family until the mid 20th century. He was elected as president of the court in 1640-1641 (thus called Governor), as the third and last colonial governor of the Dover Colony before it became part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1641

Thomas Roberts is buried in the cemetery on Dover Point Road. His great grandson Ebenezer, moved to what is now Rollinsford in the early 1700s, and established a farm on property which is still owned by the family. While Steve is also descended from several other early English colonists (Wentworth, Hall, Rollins, Littlefield, Pinkham, Jones, Nutter), he also has French Canadian heritage on his mother’s side (the Mayrand family of Dover; Saint Charles Catholic Church was established by a great uncle, Father Richard). "I grew up on stories about the family which were collected by family historians, especially my grandmother, Katherine Roberts and great uncle John Harry Roberts," said Steve. "Our kids are the 12th generation of the Roberts family in America, and the Roberts family takes great pride in its deep roots in the Dover community."

To date, the 1623 Society has three donors: Steve and Julia Roberts, Kevin and Dee McEneaney, and Guy Eaton, each donating $1,623 to have their history celebrated. Eaton is a direct descendant of  Captain Thomas Wiggin (1592–1667), the first governor of the Upper Plantation of New Hampshire, a settlement comprising modern-day Dover, Durham, and Stratham. McEneaney’s grandparents immigrated to Dover from Ireland in the late 1800s.

All donors are recognized on the Dover400 website and presented with a framed print of Hilton Point, where colonists established Dover's first settlement in 1623. Nearly twenty years later, the area became part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the center of activity in Dover moved gradually from Dover Point to the current downtown area below Cochecho Falls, which came to be known as Dover Landing.

Dover400 continues with its wildly popular lecture series, which began in January 2021. The next monthly lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, July 8 and will discuss Dover’s participation in the Civil War. To support these activities leading up to 2023, in addition to the 1623 Society, Dover400 is currently underway with its $400 for 400 campaign, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary. 

To join this group of community-minded businesses and citizens send your tax-deductible donation to: Dover400, 24 Chestnut Street, Dover, NH 03820.  For more information on the 1623 Society, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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June 29, 2021
DOVER 400 CONTINUES HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, continues its virtual lecture series on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at 7:00PM with an online presentation by Paul Timmerman about Dover men who served in the Civil War. You can watch it HERE.

With a population ca. 8500 in 1860, Dover recruited 465 military enlistees during the War of Secession between 1861 and 1865: more than 10% of the male residents of the City. Sadly, there were 111 Dover casualties during that period. These men’s names are memorialized on the Soldiers Monument, erected in 1877, at Pine Hill Cemetery.  The memorial was dedicated September 14, 1877. It was erected by the Charles W. Sawyer Post, Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). Solomon H. Foye, stonecutter, and mayor of Dover at the time, created the monument. 

July’s webinar will focus on one group: the 11th NH Regiment, Company K.  This company was recruited mostly in Dover by two Dover residents who became the company’s officers.  Company K saw service from Fredericksburg (December 1862) to Appomattox (April 1865) and this lecture will explore the 11th NH’s military engagements and what happened to these 65 brave men.

Timmerman is an avid Civil War historian, Dover resident, and member of the 1st NH Light Artillery reenactment group.  He is currently a docent at the Woodman Museum and president of its Board of Directors. To date, Dover400 has delivered 6 prior lectures on Dover history from the 17th to 19th centuries. Upcoming lectures in the monthly series include:

  • Dover Booms as a 19th Century Shipping Port

  • Treasures of the Woodman Museum

  • Downtown Dover During the early 20th Century

  • Dover’s service in the two World Wars

Each Dover400 presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for the July 13, 2021 lecture, please RSVP on www.Dover400.org

Dover400 continues with its first fundraising campaign, $400 for 400, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary. All proceeds will support the activities planned throughout 2023. Donations may be sent to Dover400, 24 Chestnut St., Dover, NH 03820. For more information, to view prior lectures, or volunteer, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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June 16, 2021
DOVER400 PARTNERS WITH FORWARD MERCH

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, recently partnered with ForwardMerch, North America’s premier entertainment merchandiser, to launch an online store featuring Dover400 promotional items such as t-shirts, pint glasses, hoodies, and tote bags. All proceeds raised from gear and apparel sales will be used to cover costs associated with events planned for Dover’s 400th birthday in 2023.

Dover400 is a group of appointed volunteers from diverse backgrounds who are committed to ensuring Dover is celebrated in the years leading up to its 400th year of existence. The group started with its community events in January 2021, by organizing monthly lectures featuring Dover’s rich history. Free and open to the public, seminars have included talks about Abenaki Life, Indigenous People of the Piscataqua Watershed, Dover’s Railroads, Archeological Discoveries of Dover Point, Reverend Jeremey Belknap, and The Cotton Mills of Dover.

The next presentation is scheduled for Tuesday, July 8 and will discuss Dover’s participation in the Civil War. To support these activities leading up to 2023, Dover400 initiated its first fundraising campaign, $400 for 400, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary. To join this group of community-minded businesses and citizens send your tax-deductible donation to: Dover400, 24 Chestnut Street, Dover, NH 03820.  For more information, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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June 7, 2021
DOVER400 HIRES EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, recently announced it has hired Jeanette Poulin to serve as its executive director. In conjunction with the various Dover400 committees, Poulin will be play a key role in planning and executing events, leading major fundraising efforts, campaign planning, key donor engagement, and ensuring appropriate recognition of donors.

 

Established in 1623, Dover was the first permanent settlement in New Hampshire and will commemorate its 400th birthday celebration in 2023. The City’s celebration will include historical reenactments, fireworks and parades, school involvement, souvenirs and so much more. “We only have two short years to organize activities and fundraise to make it a special event for all to enjoy,” said Kevin McEneaney, Chair Dover400 Board of Directors.

A licensed real estate agent, Poulin comes to Dover400 with more than 37 years’ experience in the financial industry, primarily in marketing.  She resides in Dover with her husband, and has three children and six grandchildren. “Dover is a fabulous city to work and live in,” said Poulin. “So much rich history and culture, I am honored to be selected to help shape this special celebration.”

In January, Dover400 launched its wildly popular historical lecture series with monthly presentations featuring Dover’s rich history. Dover400 is currently underway with its first fundraising campaign, $400 for 400, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary. All proceeds will support the activities planned throughout 2023. For more information, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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May 31, 2021
DOVER400 APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th  Anniversary, recently announced it has elected Kerry Berry to its board of directors bringing the committee head count to sixteen citizens.


Berry is no stranger to volunteering, she also serves as President of the Dover High School Music Club Boosters Board of Directors and President of Project MusicWorks Board of Directors, a community outreach organization. Concurrently, Berry is working as an Operations Officer for the U.S Department of State.

 

“We are very excited to have Kerry join our dedicated team,” said Kevin McEneaney, Chair Dover400 Board of Directors. “We have a remarkable group of talented and passionate people, working together to make Dover’s 400 th birthday a most memorable year for our city.”


Dover400 is amid its $400 for 400 fundraising campaign, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th  Anniversary. All proceeds will support the activities planned throughout 2023. For more information, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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May 11, 2021
DOVER 400 CONTINUES HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, continues its virtual lecture series on May 11, 2021 at 7:00PM with an online presentation about the history of the Cocheco Mills in downtown Dover.  You can watch it HERE.

These huge brick structures at the center of our community, perched over the Cochecho River and its Falls, began as the nascent Dover Cotton Factory, matured into the flourishing Dover Manufacturing Company, grew to prosperity as the highly renowned Cocheco Manufacturing Company and Print Works, and finally sputtered to an inglorious end as the Pacific Mills.

 

Along the way, from their beginnings in 1812 to their demise in 1937, the mills shaped not only the generations of people who worked there, but also the civic direction and economic development of the City of Dover. The webinar’s audience will learn about both astounding feats and abysmal events which occurred in these mills including: the first strike by women in the United States, a calico manufactory that annually printed and shipped 65 million yards of fabric worldwide during the 1880s, plus tales of industrial spying, dung baths, waves of immigrants, and some disastrous fires and floods. 

 

These former factories still physically dominate our downtown, influence our business community, our traffic patterns, and our commercial and residential development. They still affect our urban vibrancy and livability, and still proudly stand as a symbol of Dover’s industrial heritage, even more than eight decades after they closed.

 

Our lecturer for this event is Cathy Beaudoin. Cathy was Library Director at the Dover Public Library from 1999—2020 and has been a Dover history researcher since 1975. She is the co-author, with Robert Whitehouse, of “Port of Dover: Two Centuries of Shipping on the Cochecho” and has developed and written many historical reenactment events and neighborhood walking tour brochures. Now retired, she is a member of the Dover 400th Committee, the Cemetery Board, and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Woodman Museum. 

Each Dover400 presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for the May 11, 2021 lecture, please RSVP on www.Dover400.org

Upcoming lectures in the monthly series include:

  • Dover railroad history

  • Dover regiments in the Civil War

  • Dover Booms as a 19th Century Shipping Port

  • Treasures of the Woodman Museum

  • Downtown Dover During the early 20th Century

  • Dover’s service in the two World Wars

 

Dover400 is currently underway with its first fundraising campaign, $400 for 400, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary. All proceeds will support the activities planned throughout 2023. Donations may be sent to Dover400, 24 Chestnut St., Dover, NH 03820. For more information, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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April 13, 2021
DOVER 400 CONTINUES HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, continues its virtual historical lecture series on April 13, 2021 at 7:00PM with an online presentation about life in Dover during the 18th century through the eyes and words of one of its most prominent citizens, Rev. Jeremy Belknap. You can watch it HERE.

Rev. Belknap (1744-1798) traveled widely across the New Hampshire and began accumulating notes on the state’s history. In 1784, he published the first volume of the “History of New Hampshire” but would take until 1792 to complete volume two. The “History” added two radical innovations for historians: 1.) besides just narrating events, he tried to clearly separate true facts from analysis and opinion; and 2.) he provided many annotations (footnotes) to show the source and location of records that he had inspected. Thus, Belknap was the first journalist to shun what we today would call fake news. His reputation grew over the years until, after his death, Alexis de Tocqueville named him as America's best native historian. The “History of New Hampshire” is still in print today.

The presenter, Dr. Jordan AP Fansler, will examine the life and works of Jeremy Belknap who served two decades as pastor of Dover’s First Parish Church from 1767-1787. As a renowned minister, noted historian, Army Chaplain, and dedicated archivist, Jeremy Belknap’s life allows us to consider many aspects of this tumultuous Revolutionary period including local attitudes toward religion, government, scholarship, and society.  

Dr. Jordan AP Fansler, MSc has lived in Dover for more than 10 years while researching and exploring New England's history.  Through his scholarly career at Temple University, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of New Hampshire, he has examined the interplay between the local and the national or transnational, particularly in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.  He’s currently an instructor and Coordinator for History and Political Science at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, and a member of the Great Bay Archaeological Survey team.

Each Dover400 presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for the April 13, 2021 lecture, please RSVP on www.Dover400.org    

Upcoming lectures in the monthly series include:

  • History of the Cocheco Cotton Mills 

  • Dover railroad history

  • Dover regiments in the Civil War

  • Dover Booms as a 19th Century Shipping Port

  • Treasures of the Woodman Museum

  • Downtown Dover During the early 20th Century

  • Dover’s service in the two World Wars

 

Dover400 is currently underway with its first fundraising campaign, $400 for 400, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary. All proceeds will support the activities planned throughout 2023. Donations may be sent to Dover400, 24 Chestnut St., Dover, NH 03820. For more information, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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March 23, 2021
DOVER 400 CONTINUES HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, continues its virtual historical lecture series on April 13, 2021 at 7:00PM with an online presentation about life in Dover during the 18th century through the eyes and words of one of its most prominent citizens, Rev. Jeremy Belknap. 

Rev. Belknap (1744-1798) traveled widely across the New Hampshire and began accumulating notes on the state’s history. In 1784, he published the first volume of the “History of New Hampshire” but would take until 1792 to complete volume two. The “History” added two radical innovations for historians: 1.) besides just narrating events, he tried to clearly separate true facts from analysis and opinion; and 2.) he provided many annotations (footnotes) to show the source and location of records that he had inspected. Thus, Belknap was the first journalist to shun what we today would call fake news. His reputation grew over the years until, after his death, Alexis de Tocqueville named him as America's best native historian. The “History of New Hampshire” is still in print today.

The presenter, Dr. Jordan AP Fansler, will examine the life and works of Jeremy Belknap who served two decades as pastor of Dover’s First Parish Church from 1767-1787. As a renowned minister, noted historian, Army Chaplain, and dedicated archivist, Jeremy Belknap’s life allows us to consider many aspects of this tumultuous Revolutionary period including local attitudes toward religion, government, scholarship, and society.  

Dr. Jordan AP Fansler, MSc has lived in Dover for more than 10 years while researching and exploring New England's history.  Through his scholarly career at Temple University, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of New Hampshire, he has examined the interplay between the local and the national or transnational, particularly in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.  He’s currently an instructor and Coordinator for History and Political Science at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, and a member of the Great Bay Archaeological Survey team.

Each Dover400 presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for the April 13, 2021 lecture, please RSVP on www.Dover400.org.

Upcoming lectures in the monthly series include:

  • History of the Cocheco Cotton Mills 

  • Dover railroad history

  • Dover regiments in the Civil War

  • Dover Booms as a 19th Century Shipping Port

  • Treasures of the Woodman Museum

  • Downtown Dover During the early 20th Century

  • Dover’s service in the two World Wars

 

Dover400 is currently underway with its first fundraising campaign, $400 for 400, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary. All proceeds will support the activities planned throughout 2023. Donations may be sent to Dover400, 24 Chestnut St., Dover, NH 03820. For more information, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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February 28, 2021
DOVER 400 CONTINUES HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, continues its virtual historical lecture series on March 9, 2021 at 7:00PM with an online presentation detailing an important recent archeological dig at the site of the First Parish Church’s 1654 Meetinghouse on Dover Point Road, in Dover, New Hampshire.  You can watch it HERE.

The March lecture features Dr. Meghan Howey, UNH Anthropology professor, and Diane Fiske, First Parish Church Historian, who will present their research on the early colonial landscape of Dover Point. The Church Meetinghouse was erected ca. 1654, fortified 1667—1675, removed prior to the Revolutionary War, and the property was deeded back to First Parish Church in 1889. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places In 1983. 

Howey and Fiske, along with a cadre of volunteers, explored the site during the summers of 2018 and 2019. The pair gained valuable insight, through recovered artifacts and buried structures, into the diversity of lives and colonial experiences that were not fully captured in written documents, including information on Indigenous peoples, enslaved Africans, and indentured Scots. Although historical records are important for understanding early colonialism in New Hampshire, the papers were written from a dominant, Euro-centric, often biased perspective. Howey and Fiske believe the physical materials people discard and leave behind offer important evidence as to what went on that didn’t make it into the history books.

Upcoming lectures include:

  • A Historian Lives the Revolution: Rev. Jeremy Belknap in the Crossroads of the 18th Century

  • History of the Cocheco Cotton Mills 

  • Dover railroad history

  • Dover regiments in the Civil War

  • Dover Booms as a 19th Century Shipping Port

  • Treasures of the Woodman Museum

  • Downtown Dover During the early 20th Century

  • Dover’s service in the two World Wars

 

Each presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for the March 9, 2021 lecture, please RSVP on www.Dover400.org    

Dover400 is currently underway with its first fundraising campaign, $400 for 400, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary. All proceeds will support speaker fees and the activities planned throughout 2023. For more information, please visit www.Dover400.org.

About the Speakers

Diane Fiske has served as Historian of Dover’s First Parish Church since 2010, preserving early church and town records in the church archives, sharing the stories they tell with all who are interested, and providing genealogical information to those whose ancestors were early church members. She also serves as a volunteer transcriptionist of colonial church records for the Hidden Histories Project of the Congregational Library in Boston. She is presently Historical Researcher for the Great Bay Archaeological Survey (GBAS) Project with UNH, conducting extensive early colonial records research (deeds, probates, etc.) to help GBAS identify 17th century sites for survey and excavation. 

 

Dr. Meghan Howey is an anthropological archaeologist specializing in landscape archaeology and interdisciplinary approaches to deep-time coupled human natural systems. She is a Professor in the Anthropology Department and the Earth Systems Research Center at UNH. Meghan has conducted research in North America, Europe, and East Africa. Currently, Dr. Howey directs the Great Bay Archaeological Survey (GBAS), a community-engaged and interdisciplinary archaeology program exploring 17th and early 18th century landscapes within NH’s Great Bay Estuary. She is interested in how this early colonial period can help us better understand our place in the Anthropocene today. Her work is supported by the James H. Hayes and Claire Short Hayes Professor of the Humanities and an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship.

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February 15, 2021
DOVER 400 ANNOUNCES NEW MEMBERS

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, recently announced two new board members have joined the group. Stephanie Bolduc and Sam Crane will both serve a 3-year term. 

Bolduc has strong volunteer experience and currently serves on the Dover Chamber Annual Banquet Committee, Garrison City Futbol Club Board, the Dover Softball Board, and serves on the Festival of Trees Committee. Bolduc lives in Dover with her husband, Mike and their three daughters, Olivia, Alaina, and Genna

A history enthusiast, Crane comes to the board with previous volunteer experience from participating in beach clean-ups to community beautification projects. “The board has been working hard and there is still so much to do,” said Kevin McEneaney , Dover400 Chair. “We are so excited to welcome Stephanie and Sam to the board; the pair will complement our already-talented team.” 

Originally a city-recognized committee, Dover400 just recently broke away from the city and formed its own recognized 501C-3 with the help of two Dover professionals: Certified Public Accountant Paula DePlanche, partner at Leone, McDonnell & Roberts, Professional Association and Lawyer Stephen Roberts of Hoefle, Phoenix, Gormley and Roberts, PLLC.  The pair successfully led Dover400 through the cumbersome process of establishing an IRS-accredited not-for-profit organization.

In January, Dover400 launched its wildly popular monthly historical lecture series. Each presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

Upcoming lectures include:

  • Tales from the Dirt: archaeology of the early colonial landscape at Dover Point

  • Dover’s Rev. Jeremy Belknap and the American Revolution

  • History of the Cocheco Cotton Mills 

  • Dover railroad history

  • Dover regiments in the Civil War

  • Dover Booms as a 19th Century Shipping Port

  • Treasures of the Woodman Museum

  • Downtown Dover During the early 20th Century

  • Dover’s service in the two World Wars

 

Dover400 is currently underway with its first fundraising campaign, $400 for 400, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary. All proceeds will support the activities planned throughout 2023. For more information, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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January 22, 2021
DOVER 400 CONTINUES HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, continues its historical lecture series chronicling Dover’s significant past with a virtual presentation on Indigenous lifeways and history in the seventeenth century, to be held on February 9, 2021 at 7:00PM.

Coming off its inaugural session-- Indigenous People of the Piscataqua Watershed – which had more than 400 attendees, the February lecture features Paul and Denise Pouliot, who will discuss the myths, misconceptions, food-ways, lifeways, and history of an acculturated and assimilated Indigenous People, and offer a contemporary analysis of being a descendant of those ancient People. The Pouliots will address important background information from paleo times up to colonial contact and end with the consequences of colonial encroachment and violence that led to King Philip’s War, which had a major impact on colonial Dover.  You can watch it HERE.

Paul W. Pouliot has been the Sag8mo or Chief Speaker since 1990 and Denise K. Pouliot is the Sag8moskwa (Female Head Speaker) for the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook and Abenaki People.  They serve as president and treasurer respectively of COWASS North America and the Abenaki Nation of Vermont since 1990.   Paul is an Indigenous historian, lecturer, and a founding member of the New Hampshire Commission of Native American Affairs.  They are also Federal BOP Religious Advisors and founding members of the Indigenous New Hampshire Collaborative Collective as well as Affiliate Faculty members of the UNH Native American and Indigenous Studies Minor.  Both serve on the Race & Equality in NH Advisory Panel and the Hanna Dustin (Unity Park N’Dakinna) Park Advisory Committee. Denise also serves on the New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs, the DOJ Violence Against Women Act Steering Committee, and NH Public Health Association. 

 

Upcoming lectures include:

  • Tales from the Dirt: archaeology of the early colonial landscape at Dover Point

  • Dover’s Rev. Jeremy Belknap and the American Revolution

  • History of the Cocheco Cotton Mills 

  • Dover railroad history

  • Dover regiments in the Civil War

  • Dover Booms as a 19th Century Shipping Port

  • Treasures of the Woodman Museum

  • Downtown Dover During the early 20th Century

  • Dover’s service in the two World Wars

 

Each presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for the February 9, 2021 lecture, please RSVP on www.Dover400.org    or https://bit.ly/35GGdOY

Dover400 is currently underway with its first fundraising campaign, $400 for 400, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary. All proceeds will support the activities planned throughout 2023. For more information, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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December 30, 2020
DOVER 400 HOSTS HISTORICAL LECTURE SERIES

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, recently announced it will host a historical lecture series chronicling Dover’s significant past, starting in January 2021 and continuing every month throughout 2021. Each presentation will be held at 7:00pm on the second Tuesday of the month starting on January 12, 2021. Initially, the series will be virtual lectures.

The first session will pay tribute to the Native people who occupied the region prior to colonization by white settlers. Dover resident and Native American Kathleen Blake will introduce the series with a Land Acknowledgement: a formal statement that recognizes Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and respects the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. You can watch it HERE

 

Blake is an alumna of UNH and Plymouth State University.  She is an indigenous mother and grandmother, as well as a retired environmental and biological sciences teacher and school administrator.  She is the current chair of the NH Commission on Native American Affairs, an affiliate member of the UNH Indigenous Studies Minor Program, and a member of the Indigenous New Hampshire Collective Collaborative. 

Immediately following Blake’s introduction, David Miller will present “Indigenous People of the Piscataqua Watershed” and share his extensive research which has uncovered many of the Wabanaki/Abenaki lifeways. Miller will explore what he calls the “Great Bay Paradise” that existed in up to 20 Native villages bordering the rivers of our region. Attendees will learn about both the proven data, garnered through maps and early documents, and also hear some intriguing speculation regarding the many still-unknown facts about early Native people. 

Miller is a former Social Studies teacher specializing in American Intellectual History, a curriculum developer, and K-12 school principal. After retirement, he was President of the Rochester Historical Society for 10 years. Miller is currently finalizing a Social Studies curriculum component: a 50-page “Chronology of the History of Indigenous People of New Hampshire from the Paleoindian period to Today” with accompanying research materials. 

 

Upcoming lectures include:

  • Relationships between the early white settlers and the Natives

  • Tales from the Dirt: archaeology of the early colonial landscape at Dover Point

  • Dover’s Rev. Jeremy Belknap and the American Revolution

  • History of the Cocheco Cotton Mills 

  • Dover railroad history

  • Dover regiments in the Civil War

  • Dover Booms as a 19th Century Shipping Port

  • Treasures of the Woodman Museum

  • Downtown Dover During the early 20th Century

  • Dover’s service in the two World Wars

 

The series will also feature a lesson on how to trace the history of your Dover house. Each presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for the January 12, 2021 lecture, please visit https://ringcentr.al/34VxkAx or RSVP on www.Dover400.org    

Dover400 is currently underway with its first fundraising campaign, $400 for 400, an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary. All proceeds will support the activities planned throughout 2023. For more information, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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October 4, 2020
ORNAMENT FEATURES GARRISON HILL TOWER

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, has unveiled its second design of a five-piece collectors set of ornaments in celebration of Dover’s 400th birthday. Produced by Hampshire Pewter, this souvenir features Dover’s Garrison Hill Tower, built in 1913.

Annually leading up to 2023, a new design will be released featuring a distinguished piece of Dover history and culture. Ornaments can be purchased in person for $20 at Dover City Clerk’s Office or the Dover Library. Or you can arrange for a contact-free purchase via Dover400’s new online portal, expected to be launched soon.

Dover400 is currently underway with its first fundraising campaign, 400 for $400 an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary, all proceeds will support the activities planned throughout 2023.For more information about the collection, or to become a sponsor, volunteer or donate, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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October 1, 2020
KENNEBUNK SAVINGS SIGNS ON TO CELEBRATE DOVER'S 400TH

Dover400, a committee organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, is pleased to announce Kennebunk Savings has donated $2,500 to support the City’s milestone birthday in 2023. These funds will be dedicated to the varied experiences being considered for the celebration event.

 

“Community is at the heart of what we do,” said Erica Place, branch manager at Kennebunk Savings’ Dover location. “We’re thrilled to celebrate and support Dover400 and to help bring people together, celebrating this city’s rich history and recognizing the people who continue to make it an amazing place to live, work and play.”

 

Established in 1623, Dover was the first permanent settlement in New Hampshire. Dover400 has been tasked to create a celebration which involves children, adults, and Dover’s vibrant business community. The group is in the midst of its $400 to support Dover’s 400th Anniversary campaign, an effort to raise money to support the activities planned throughout 2023. For more information about the campaign, to become a sponsor, volunteer, or to donate, please contact Dover400 Chair, Kevin McEneaney at k.mceneaney@dover.nh.gov or visit www.dover.nh.gov/dover400

 

About Kennebunk Savings Bank

With assets of $1.25 billion, Kennebunk Savings is a mutually owned, Maine-chartered community banking institution headquartered in Kennebunk, Maine operating 17 branch offices in York County,

Maine and seacoast New Hampshire. Kennebunk Savings contributes 10% of its after-tax earnings back to the nonprofit community each year through its Community Promise program. The total commitment of that program has meant nearly $14 million for nonprofits in the community since 1994. For more information, please visit www.kennebunksavings.com or call (800) 339-6573.

 

 

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September 25, 2020
DOVER400 UNVEILS NEW BRAND

Dover400, formerly known as the Dover 400th Anniversary Committee, recently unveiled a new brand to be associated with the Dover’s 400th birthday celebration, slated for 2023. The rebrand is designed to make it easier for citizens and businesses to join in the anniversary event and work side by side in the planning of this significant celebration.

The mission of Dover400 is to honor the past, celebrate the present, and inspire the future through meaningful and creative community engagement. To start, Dover400 enlisted Portsmouth branding firm Graphic Details to design a new logo mark meant to embody the history of Dover. The typeface suggests strength of community with historical tones for the long and colorful past spanning four centuries. The icons represent the important industries represented in Dover—in the 1700s a colonial seaport and successful shipbuilding industry, the nation's leading manufacturer of cotton goods in the 19th century, and decades of successful mill operations through the middle of the 20th century.

Next the group engaged web developer DaynePro Design out of Easton, Massachusetts. DaynePro built a mobile-friendly website equipped with an events page and opportunities for citizens to sign on to volunteer.

The committee formally organized in 2017 and has been diligently working on multi-year events which will include historical reenactments, fireworks and parades, school involvement, and more. “Unfortunately, COVID-19 put a pause on the activities we planned for this year,” said Chair, Kevin McEneaney. “We took this time to reimagine Dover400 and we are coming out of this pandemic stronger than ever.”

As the first settlement in New Hampshire, Dover has the honor to lead the way for many regional anniversary events. “This is a significant community milestone to be celebrated,” continued McEneaney. “We have less than three short years to make it a memorable and fun event, and we need the public’s help and participation.”

Dover400 is currently underway with its first fundraising campaign, 400 for $400 an effort to solicit 400 donors at $400 to celebrate Dover’s 400th Anniversary, all proceeds will support the activities planned throughout 2023.For more information, please visit www.Dover400.org.

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 February 8, 2020
DOVER 400 TO HOST FORUM

Dover400, a committee organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, will host a public forum on Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at the Dover Public Library. Dover400 is seeking input from residents on events and programs they’d like see during City’s milestone birthday in 2023. 

Experiences being considered include historical reenactments, fireworks and parades, light shows, time capsules, and souvenirs. To pay for these happenings, the group launched a fundraising campaign, 400 for 400 campaign, seeking donations of $400 from community-minded residents and businesses to support festivities. To date, the effort has yielded more than $17,000 in donations.

The newest contributors include Fred and Deborah Clough, Elizabeth Fischer, Timothy and Cheryl Lindsay, Stephen and Pamela Giguere, Anthony McManus and Joann Rohde, Robert and Diane Weir  Brian and Jocelyn Caple, Mark Speidel, Michael Herlihy, Michael Khavari, Dover Police Administrators, Cochecho Plumbing and Hydronic Heating, Martel Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning, Bruton and Berube, PLLC, Civil Works New England, and North S Tarr Concrete Consulting PC.

For more information about the campaign, to become a sponsor, or to donate, please contact Dover 400th Anniversary Committee Chair, Kevin McEneaney at k.mceneaney@dover.nh.gov or visit www.dover.nh.gov/dover400.

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November 13, 2019
DOVER 400 DEBUTS ORNAMENT

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, recently debuted its first of five holiday ornaments in celebration of Dover’s 400th birthday. Produced by Hampshire Pewter, the series is limited to only 200 pieces.

 

Unveiled during Apple Harvest Day, the souvenir showcases Dover’s beloved landmark, the Damn Garrison House. Each year leading up to 2023, a new ornament will be released featuring a distinguished piece of Dover history and culture. 

 

Ornaments can be purchased for $20 at the Dover Public Library or the City Clerk’s Office. Or simply send $28 and the ornament will be shipped directly to you. Make checks payable to the City of Dover NH with Dover400 in the memo.  Send to Cathy Beaudoin, c/o Dover Public Library
73 Locust Street, Dover, NH 03820. For more information about the campaign, to become a sponsor or to donate, please contact Dover 400th Anniversary Committee Chair, Kevin McEneaney at k.mceneaney@dover.nh.gov or visit www.dover.nh.gov/dover400.

 

 

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August 20, 2019
400 FOR 400 CAMPAIGN OFF TO A STRONG START

Dover’s 400th Anniversary Committee recently launched its 400 for 400 campaign, seeking 400 people to each contribute $400 to support Dover’s 400th birthday celebration in 2023. The campaign is off to a strong start having already received 18 donations from community-minded individuals and businesses.  

 

The campaign was initiated by Dennis Ciotti who challenged others to match his donation. Since then, other philanthropists have stepped up, such as:  Linda Hayden, Cathleen Beaudoin, Katherine Parker-Wright, Marilyn Follansbee, Tyler and Patricia Foss, Phillip and Donna Rinaldi, Lawrence David, Dennis and Darlene Shanahan, Thomas Allen, Bob Carrier, Walter King and Maria Soccorro Quisumbing-King, Karen Weston, and Alan Crowell.

 

The Committee would also like to celebrate the following corporate donors: The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce, Bamford Investment Company LLC, McEneaney Survey Associates, Inc, and Dover Public Administrators Association. 

 

“This event is only possible because of the continued support from our community,” said Kevin McEneaney, chair of the Dover 400 committee. “We’re so excited to celebrate the rich history of our town and make this a special occasion for all Dover residents.”

 

Under Section 170 (c) (1) of the Internal Revenue Code, donations to Dover 400th Anniversary Committee are tax deductible. For more information about the campaign, to become a sponsor or donate please contact Dover 400th Anniversary Committee Chair, Kevin McEneaney at k.mceneaney@dover.nh.gov or visit www.dover.nh.gov/dover400.

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July 26, 2019
DOVER 400TH ANNOUNCES FIRST SPONSOR

Dover’s 400th Anniversary Committee (“Committee”), a city-commissioned group appointed to plan and organize Dover’s 400th birthday celebration in 2023, is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 donation from Patty B’s Italian Restaurant. This money will underwrite a variety of activities associated with the grand celebration. 

Patty B’s started in a small location on Chestnut Street in 2011 and quickly expanded to its current location on Dover Point Road, in Dover. Recent accolades for the eatery include New Hampshire’s best Italian restaurant by WMUR viewers and Best of NH by NH Magazine, to name a few.  Patty B’s is known for supporting local non-profits and fundraisers. “Bob and I are proud to put our support behind Dover’s 400th anniversary,” said restaurant owner Patty Barish. “We are so fortunate to be able to give back to the community we love.”

In 2018, the City Council formed the Dover 400th Anniversary Committee to lead the special occasion. Although some money has been budgeted by the city, the success of the 400th festivities will depend on donations and sponsors.  “This gift exemplifies the character and giving nature of Patty and Bob,” said Kevin McEneaney, Chair of the Dover 400th committee. “It is especially meaningful to have local businesses contribute to our campaign and let the city shine.”  

 

The Committee recently launched its $400 for 400 campaign seeking 400 people to donate $400 each to fund the city’s birthday event. Under Section 170 (c) (1) of the Internal Revenue Code, donations to Dover 400th Anniversary Committee are tax deductible. For more information about the campaign, to become a sponsor, or donate please contact Dover 400th Anniversary Committee Chair, Kevin McEneaney at k.mceneaney@dover.nh.gov or visit http://www.dover.nh.gov/dover400.html.

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June 6, 2019
DOVER ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE KICKOFFS 400 FOR 400 CAMPAIGN

Dover’s 400th Anniversary Committee has formally announced its 400 for 400 fundraising campaign. The campaign is seeking four hundred, $400 donations to support activities to celebrate Dover’s 400th birthday in 2023.

 

Dover City Councilor Dennis Ciotti initiated the campaign. “I challenge 399 others to do the same,” said Ciotti. “While we may have years to plan a fantastic celebration of Dover’s people, places, and culture, we’ve got to start fundraising now.”  Meanwhile, Kevin McEneaney, Chair, Dover 400th Anniversary Committee was the first to accept the challenge. “I am proud to put my support behind this campaign,” he added.

 

The 400th Committee recently developed a strategic plan complete with fundraising goals based on information received during a public input session held last month. The session solicited feedback from residents on how they would like to shape the celebration and keep Dover’s history alive and pertinent for generations to come. Some of the items being considered include firework celebrations, neighborhood tours, creating a video timeline of Dover’s history, dinner events with key public figures, re-enactments and free performances of yesteryear accounts, developing a mobile application of historical sites in Dover, burying a time capsule, and hosting lavish parades.

 

Under Section 170 (c ) (1) of the Internal Revenue Code, donations to Dover 400th Anniversary Committee are tax deductible. For more information about the campaign, to become a sponsor or donate please contact Dover 400th Anniversary Committee Chair, Kevin McEneaney at k.mceneaney@dover.nh.gov

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March 29, 2019
DOVER 400TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE TO HOST FORUM

Dover’s 400th Anniversary Committee will host a public forum  to ask Dover residents for input on activities to celebrate Dover’s 400th birthday in 2023. The forum will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7:00pm in the auditorium at the new Dover High School.

 

Established in 1623, Dover was the first permanent settlement in New Hampshire.  The 400th Anniversary Committee was formed to plan and organize the City’s 400th birthday celebration which will include historical reenactments, fireworks and parades, school involvement, souvenirs and more.  “We want to hear from the public about the events and programs they’d like to see shape our celebration,” said Committee Chair, Kevin McEneaney.  Feedback from the forum will be brought back to the committee and incorporated into event planning documents. 

 

The Committee is currently seeking sponsors for the celebration. For more information, please contact Dover 400th Anniversary Committee Chair, Kevin McEneaney at k.mceneaney@dover.nh.gov

 

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January 21, 2019
DOVER 400TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE UNVEILS LOGO

Dover’s 400th Anniversary Committee recently unveiled the logo to 

be associated with Dover’s 400th birthday celebration, in 2023. The art work was conceived by Deborah Ballok, Dover resident and retired visual arts teacher. The logo will be used on anniversary collateral and merchandise to help raise revenue to offset the costs of the celebration.

 

Dover was the first permanent settlement in New Hampshire, established in 1623 and the 7th settlement in the United States colonies.  The 400th Anniversary Committee was formed in 2018 and is tasked with planning and organizing the City’s 400th birthday celebration which will include historical reenactments, fireworks and parades, school involvement, and more throughout the year.  “It’s important to have residents and businesses work side by side in the planning and the celebration, itself,” said Committee Chair, Kevin McEneaney. “This is a significant community milestone to be celebrated.”

 

The Committee’s first order of business was creating a visual representation to use on collateral and goods. Ballok presented the committee with nine sketches which were narrowed down to three. Through the revision process, they landed on two images which were ultimately accepted and copyrighted. “When I was accepted onto the 400th Anniversary Committee one of the first items discussed was need for a logo design,” said Ballok. “I was excited to use my skills and expertise to recognize such a special date in our City’s history.” 

 

Ballok graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a Bachelors of Science in Visual Arts Education. She worked as a visual arts teacher for 35 years, twenty years at Hudson Memorial Middle School, and another fifteen at Alvirne High School before moving to Dover.

 

The Dover 400th Anniversary Committee is comprised of seventeen members. In addition to McEneaney  and Ballok members include: Kathleen Morrison (vice chair) Sam Allen, Coleen Ayers, Elizabeth Worboys Burr, Angela Carter, Nicole Desjarlais Paulick, Guy Eaton, Morgan Faustino, Jesse Andrew Galt,  Zachary Koehler, Tom Massingham, Kathleen Shannon, Douglas Steele, Karen Weston, and Robert Carrier.

 

The Committee is currently seeking sponsors for the celebration. For more information, please contact Dover 400th Anniversary Committee Chair, Kevin McEneaney at k.mceneaney@dover.nh.gov

 

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