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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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