Celebrating 250 years in Concord!

Next City Celebration Planning Team Meeting: Mon. 3/23, 6:00 p.m. @ City Council Chambers

Volunteers and ideas are welcome at the Concord 250 City Celebration Planning Team’s next public meeting on Mon. 3/23, 6:00 p.m. at City Council chambers. 

On 3/3/2015, a group of knowledgeable and dedicated local residents gathered to share ideas for this summer’s week-long Concord City Celebration (8/10-8/16/2015). After hearing an overview of 1965 Bicentennial celebration happenings and determining which elements they want to incorporate into the 2015 City Celebration, attendees brainstormed the following:

  1. How do Concord residents self-identify with their neighbors? It quickly became apparent that Concordians identify not with Ward #’s, but rather with their “villages” – these villages include Historic District, Downtown, Penacook, Millville, Heights, East Concord, South End, West Concord, and West End.
  2. After these villages were determined, participants brainstormed possible locations for events and activities for each village during the week-long City Celebration.
  3. When possible, attendees identified potential event/activity partners and champions in each village.

Please join us for the next planning session on Mon. 3/23, 6:00 p.m. at City Council Chambers; we have exciting updates to share and look forward to hearing your ideas!


Concord Chats: Penacook Historical Society (3/19/2015)

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Thanks to everyone who came to watch Penacook Films’ Penacook History Tour with John Brookfield at the 3/19 Concord Chats! Our hosts from the Penacook Historical Society enjoyed the terrific, lively, knowledgeable crowd. The Civil War brass instruments from the Paul Giles collection were a treat to see in person. In case you missed it, Penacook Historical Society shared an exciting announcement: a Wildcat Band concert series Memorial Day weekend in honor of Concord’s 250th! The concert series is made possible in part due to the generosity of Walker Lecture Fund, American Legion Post 31, and Penacook Village Association.


Concord Chats: History of Page Belting Company at Horseshoe Pond Place (3/5/2015)

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Many thanks to the 90 wonderful folks who joined us on 3/5! Grateful to the following for making the evening possible: Mark Coen, President of Page Belting Co., John Gfroerer of Accompany Video Production, and Polly Mills-Fife of Horseshoe Pond Place. Consider joining us for a future Concord Chats event – always free + open to all!


Concord Chats: An Evening with R.P. Hale at Concord City Auditorium (2/19/2015)

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Thanks so much to the Friends of the Concord City Auditorium for welcoming us so graciously on a frigid & blustery night! Much gratitude also to local Renaissance man, R.P. Hale, for delighting attendees with stories, history, humor, how-to’s, & good old-fashioned learning. Hope you can join us for the next Concord Chats event


Thanks to Merrimack County Savings Bank for hosting the kickoff to Concord Chats: Recent Books of Concord!

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On Thursday, February 5th, Merrimack County Savings Bank hosted the kickoff to the “Concord Chats: Our First 250 Years” series. We began with a look at “Recent Books of Concord” – meeting authors + editors representing Concord (NH) Historical Society‘s “Crosscurrents of Change: Concord, N.H. in the 20th Century,” The Concord Monitor‘s “Concord 250: Celebrating 250 Years of Concord History,” and “Legendary Locals of Concord” (scheduled for Spring 2015 publication).


Thank you to all who attended the Th. 1/15/15 Concord 250 Community Forum!

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Big thanks to the 40+ wonderful folks who joined us at the Concord 250 Community Forum on January 15th – so excited by the new ideas, new volunteers, + renewed commitment by all to work together toward a year-long 250th anniversary celebration worthy of our community. Next up: mark your calendar for the first “Concord Chats: Our First 250 Years” event on Th. 2/5, 6 pm at Merrimack County Savings Bank (The Merrimack), 89 North Main Street. Also, be sure to pick up Sunday’s edition ofThe Concord Monitor for the weekly “Concord 250 Watch.” Finally, stay tuned for info. on how to get your 250th anniversary commemorative license plates – design was revealed at the Community Forum + they’re in production now.


Cheers to 250 Years! New Years Eve Gala – thanks for helping make our official kickoff to Concord’s 250th anniversary year a terrific sold-out success!

Want to see more photos from the sold-out NYE Gala? Just click here.

Click here to see more photos from the sold-out NYE Gala!

Concord’s 250th anniversary year kicked off in grand style at the sold-out Cheers to 250 Years! New Year’s Eve Gala, presented by Concord Family YMCA and Concord 250.  Attendees honored our community’s past while strolling the Historic Concord Gallery, and looked ahead with excitement while officially ringing in 2015. Event proceeds will directly support the Y’s Annual Campaign, which makes quality childcare and wellness programs available to all – regardless of ability to pay.

Thanks so much to all our our attendees, sponsors, volunteers, presenters, and entertainers for making the NYE Gala a tremendous success. Mark your calendar for the next NYE Gala on 12/31/2015 – and be sure to purchase your tickets early!

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Concord 250 is a New Hampshire non-profit registered as a 501(c)(3).

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2 comments on “Celebrating 250 years in Concord!
  1. good morning I was wondering if maybe you wanted to set up a table at Relay for Life on June 7 to get people to check out the time capsule you can call me at 6:03 674 3434

    • jennyk721 says:

      Hello Joshua Crowell:

      Sorry for the delayed response – we are just getting the hang of this new fangled website thing (joking). I am forwarding your message to the Board to take up at their next meeting. The Time Capsule is actually being removed for safe keeping on June 6th. Perhaps there is another opportunity. ` COncord 250

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