Celebrating 250 years in Concord!

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Concord City Celebration Planning Team Visits Johnny Prescott & Son Oil Company

So grateful to Tom Prescott for his hospitality and graciousness on our Mon. 5/18 visit! The team was delighted to view remarkable collections of Concord history, including TWO of Abbot-Downing’s Concord Coaches. Mark your calendar for the Open House at Johnny Prescott & Son on Sat. 6/13, 10 AM – 3 PM. You can see the coaches and other Concord treasures again during Concord City Celebration Week on Th. 8/13, 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Learn more about the history of Abbot-Downing by clicking here.

New ideas & volunteers always welcome to Concord City Celebration Planning Team!

Please join us as we continue planning Aug. 2015’s week-long Concord City Celebration! From Mon. 8/10 – Sun. 8/16, we’ll travel throughout Concord celebrating our past, & looking ahead to a bright future!

Upcoming meetings:

Tues. 6/23, 6:00 p.m. @ City Council Chambers

Mon. 7/27, 6:00 p.m. @ City Council Chambers


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A NEW Sneak Peek at 2015 Concord Documentary

Accompany Video Production is hard at work on 2015 Concord, a documentary on 2015 day to day life in Concord. The video’s purpose is to portray a variety of activities that reflect the bond and affection people have for Concord. The raw stock video files and final documentary will become part of the 2015 time capsule. Click above to watch the latest sneak peek! Mark your calendar for the debut of 2015 Concord at Red River Theatres during Concord City Celebration Week on Tuesday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m. Learn more about the project by contacting John Gfroerer at 603-226-3130.


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Concord Chats: History of Concord Fire Department (5/7/2015)

Big thanks to Concord Fire Department Chief Dan Andrus and author Gerald P. Bourgeois (watch for his upcoming book on CFD’s history) for graciously hosting our last Concord Chats in the spring session! Click here for more photos from the evening. We’ve had a wonderful time roving around Concord, learning more about familiar places + discovering untold stories. The free Concord Chats series resumes with weekly offerings this fall; in the meantime, visit our online calendar for other upcoming events!


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Sneak Peek at 2015 Concord Documentary

Accompany Video Production is hard at work on 2015 Concord, a documentary on 2015 day to day life in Concord. The video’s purpose is to portray a variety of activities that reflect the bond and affection people have for Concord. The raw stock video files and final documentary will become part of the 2015 time capsule. Click above to watch a sneak peek of an early morning segment from the documentary, shot at a favorite downtown haunt. Mark your calendar for the debut of 2015 Concord at Red River Theatres on Tuesday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m. Learn more about the project by contacting John Gfroerer at 603-226-3130.


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Commemorative 250 Building Signs from Concord Heritage Commission

Mark Concord’s 250th anniversary with a ‘Commemorative 250 Sign’ from the Concord Heritage Commission. Your residential or commercial property of any age can acquire an attractive outdoor acrylic sign featuring your structure’s original construction date. Signs are available at cost; $55 includes the acrylic sign, mounting instructions with hardware, and shipping. The Concord Heritage Commission can determine the approximate age of your building with photos alone – no research required. Click for more information and an application.


Thanks for joining us at Th. 4/16’s Concord Chats – In the Beginning: A History of Concord’s First Church!

We’re so grateful to our gracious hosts at First Congregational Church, and to the 40 folks who came out to hear In the Beginning: A History of Concord’s First Church. Remember, this roving history series is always free, family-friendly, and open to all! Photos coming soon…

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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)R.P. - 4 R.P. - 3 R.P. - 2 R.P. - 1

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 soldout 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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Share your ideas! Contact us today:

Concord 250
Post Office Box 4233
Concord, NH 03302-4233
E: ConcordNH250@gmail.com

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