Celebrating 250 years in Concord!

Next up in the Concord Chats series of free, roving history events:

History of Concord Theatres with Paul Brogan – Th. 11/19, 6 PM at Red River Theatres

On tap later this fall: Concord History Show & Tell and History of Concord Police Department.

New Year’s Eve Gala tickets now available! Don’t delay – last year’s event sold out early!

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Thank you to all who joined us for the Mosaic 250 Unveiling & Ribbon Cutting! Click here for photo album.

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Concord Chats Highlights

The popular free Concord Chats series is back this fall/winter; visit our calendar page for a full lineup of Concord 250 and partner events.

Click on the links below for photo albums from recently held Concord Chats:

Th. 10/29 – History of Kimball Jenkins Estate

Th. 10/22 – History of Abbot-Downing (photos coming soon!)

Th. 10/8 – League of NH Craftsmen

Th. 10/1 – 44 South Main St. – History of Capitol Center for the Arts

Th. 9/24 – History of the Nevers’ 2nd Regiment Band

Th. 9/17 – History of NHTI, Concord’s Community College

Th. 9/10 – Researching Your Historic Property

Thank you to the hundreds + hundreds of attendees who came out to enjoy Concord City Celebration Week festivities! The week-long, city-wide toast to Concord’s 250th was a tremendous success, thanks to our hardworking volunteers, generous sponsors, and you – the folks who showed up to enjoy it all!

Click here to read a wonderful recap from The Concord Monitor. The below images were captured by GEOFF FORESTER/Concord Monitor during the Concord Through the Ages Parade on Sunday, August 16. Click here to see more images from Concord City Celebration Week.

Our year-long celebration of Concord’s 250th anniversary isn’t over yet – stay tuned for updates on fall + winter happenings!

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Esther Crowley of Abbot-Downing Historical Society

Governor Maggie Hassan

John Freeman Bektash Temple drum corps

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Mon. 8/10, 10:00 AM + 3:00 PM
Tours of Concord Monitor
Concord Monitor, 1 Monitor Dr., Concord

Go behind the scenes at Concord’s historic daily paper – tour the facilities, meet the staff, and view the printing press.

Mon. 8/10, 4:00 – 6:30 PM
Penacook Village Farmers Market
11 Penacook St., Penacook

The picturesque Rolfe homestead will serve as backdrop for a special 250th anniversary edition of the Penacook Village Farmers Market, sponsored by the Penacook Village Association and hosted by the Penacook Historical Society. Enjoy a display from the Abbot-Downing Historical Society, including a Concord Coach (weather permitting) and array of vendors. Musical entertainment from fiddler Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki and guitarist Matt Jensen, to include historic local favorites “Lucy Come Ride In My Wagon” and “Ballad of the Concord Coach.” Celebrate the 100th birthday of Bessy Jones and, sign her giant birthday card.

Mon. 8/10, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Concord Coach Photo Shoot with Abbot-Downing Historical Society of Concord, NH
Concord City Hall, 37 Green St., Concord

Photo opportunity with Concord City Council in front of an authentic Concord Coach, courtesy of Abbot-Downing Historical Society. (Weather permitting)

Mon. 8/10, 7:30 PM
Concert by Village Harmony youth group
Unitarian Universalist Church, 274 Pleasant St., Concord

The Unitarian Universalist Church has a strong historic connection to the Concord community; Lewis Downing of the Abbot-Downing Company was a founding member. Span the decades to present day at this concert, where 24 talented teen singers ages 12-19 from seven states as well as Switzerland, UK and Caucasus Georgia, will perform. The program includes music of the Baka Pygmies from central Africa, traditional sacred and secular songs from Caucasus Georgia, traditional South African songs and dances, and more. Suggested admission at the door is $10; $5 for student and seniors.

Tues. 8/11, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Agricultural Heritage Farm Day
Apple Hill Farm, 580 Mountain Rd., Concord
Carter Hill Orchard, 73 Carter Hill Rd., Concord
Dimond Hill Farm, 314 Hopkinton Rd., Concord

Come and join us as we visit three of Concord’s agricultural gems. Family farms that have stood the test of time, from less than 50 years to over 200 years. These farms are just a few miles from the hustle and bustle of downtown Concord. We are fortunate to live in a state capital where we have taken the initiative to preserve our rich farming history. Each farm will showcase a variety of activities that display their unique role in preserving our agricultural heritage. Check out the Agricultural Heritage Farm Day brochure to see what each farm is offering, times and activities. Learn the history of the farm and what each farm offers to its visitors. There will also be special activities for children and their families. Weather permitting we will have a Concord Coach available for viewing.

Tues. 8/11, 7:00 PM + 8:30 PM
Premiere of “2015 Concord” Documentary (admission: $10)
Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord

Much-awaited premiere of the “2015 Concord” documentary by John Gfroerer of Accompany Video Production; admission: $10. The film on day to day life in Concord will become part of the 2015 time capsule. 

Wed. 8/12, 1:00 – 4:00 PM
Open House at Concord’s First Church
First Congregational Church, 177 North Main St., Concord

Explore the rich history of Concord’s first church – from a little log cabin in 1726 through today. Learn about many firsts, fires, and famous local folks, including the esteemed Rev. Timothy Walker. 

Wed. 8/12, 5:30 PM
History Walk
Pierce Manse, 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane, Concord

The Pierce Brigade will sponsor a history walk from the Pierce Manse to the Kimball Jenkins Estate. The walk will cover Concord’s early beginnings and some of its notable citizens. 

Wed. 8/12, 6:30 PM
Old North Cemetery Interactive Tour
Old North Cemetery, North State St., Concord

An interactive tour of the Old North Cemetery will feature students from the Concord High History Club representing some of the important people resting there. We expect to see the Reverend Timothy Walker, His Grand-daughter, The Countess Sarah Walker Rumford, The Princess Carolyn Foster Stickney, Nancy, a slave who lived with the Hebert family from a very young age, President Franklin Pierce, 2 Quaker ladies, Nathan W. Gove, a Civil War soldier/musician who went on to be Secretary of State of NH. Meet at the North State Street entrance to the Old North Cemetery.  

Wed. 8/12, 7:00 PM
“2015 Concord” Documentary (admission: $10)
Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord

Th. 8/13, 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Celebrate Concord’s Past and Current natural resources with NH Audubon
New Hampshire Audubon McLane Center, 84 Silk Farm Rd., Concord

History isn’t just found in museums and libraries, the natural world is a living history book and holds many secrets to past events. This program includes a 90-minute walk to and from Turkey Pond – trails are not steep but sturdy footwear (closed toed shoes) are highly recommended. Ruth Smith will provide a walking commentary on the wildlife, plants and historical features along the way. Appropriate for ages 8-adult. Free, donations are welcome.  Meet at the McLane Audubon Center, 84 Silk Farm Road.

Th. 8/13, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Tour of Concord Coaches + History Barn
Johnny Prescott & Son Oil Co., 122 Airport Rd., Concord

Enjoy the extensive collection of Concord history treasures, along with two Concord Coaches, at Johnny Prescott & Son Oil Co. Abbot-Downing Historical Society will also have their Concord Coaches available for viewing (weather permitting).

Th. 8/13, 7:00 PM
“2015 Concord” Documentary (admission: $10)
Red River Theatres, 11 South Main St., Concord

Fri. 8/14, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Weekend Kick Off Concert with Nevers’ Band
Kiwanis Riverfront Park at Everett Arena, 15 Loudon Rd., Concord

Join your neighbors to kick off the weekend with an evening of history, music, and fun – including a very special performance of “Fair Concord by the Merrimack” – a recently discovered 100-year-old song about our city. Food vendors, activities for children, Concord Crew open house, and history exhibits including Abbot-Downing Historical Society with their Concord Coaches (weather permitting) begin at 5:30 PM. Enjoy a free concert from the Nevers’ 2nd Regiment Band of Concord, NH from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. The Nevers’ Band has been serenading Concord audiences since the mid 1800’s! Their concert will include toe tapping marches, Broadway selections and Sousa favorites  that would have been played at such Concord events as Christa McAuliffe Day, agricultural fairs, Mayor Storrs Funeral, statue dedications and nearly 65 years of Concord Parks & Recreation summer outdoor concerts. Kevin M. Swift, the band’s director, will also lead the band and area vocalists in the rediscovered 1916 municipal song, “Fair Concord by the Merrimack”! Bring your lawn chair or blanket and join us for an evening of historic and fun music under the stars.

Sat. 8/15, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Concord Farmers Market
Capitol St., Concord

The Concord Farmers Market is one of the oldest in the state, started in the summer of 1981. With about 40 vendors, they have a terrific selection of bakery items, meat, eggs, dairy, fruit, vegetables, fish, honey, and maple products. Many market vendors are certified organic. They also feature potted plants, cut flowers, wood products, dog treats, and body care items. Head to the Concord Farmers Market to learn more about local history from several multi-generational Concord farmers.

Sat. 8/15, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Open House at Concord’s First Church
First Congregational Church, 177 North Main St., Concord

Sat. 8/15, 1:00 – 9:30 PM
Rock On Fest with Rock On Foundation
White Park, 1 White St., Concord

A free day-long festival to celebrate Concord’s 250th anniversary with events spanning across White Park. Set up will include a world-class stage and sound system, kicking off with historical and community programming from the Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio (1:00 – 3:00 PM). Local bands then take the stage, and performances by Cults and Hamilton Leithauser will cap off the musical portion of the night. Throughout the afternoon and evening, local vendors will set up shop in the parking lot, and attendees can enjoy the Family Fun Zone. Local high school basketball players will also take the court in the Midsummer Hoops Classic. At the end of the evening, Concord 250 will present a fireworks display (estimated start time: 9:30 PM). Two-time NBA Champion and Concord native Matt Bonner will be hosting the day’s festivities with his brother Luke, the Executive Director of Rock On Foundation.

Sun. 8/16, 12:00 NOON
Concord Through the Ages 250th Anniversary Celebration Parade
Rollins Park to Memorial Field


Route map courtesy of The Concord Monitor

Join us as we celebrate a look back on Concord’s rich culture, customs, and community. Concord Through the Ages 250th Anniversary Celebration Parade will travel through time from the era of the Concord Coach through today. Look for special guests along the way including the Bonner Brothers, Miss Capital Area, Governor Maggie Hassan, and a host of Concord youth sports teams, businesses, community groups, and local celebrities. At the end of the Parade, follow Mya from WLNH to Memorial Field where fun festivities await. Kids are invited to come decorate their bikes and join in on the fun! 

Sun. 8/16, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Concord City Celebration Week Grand Finale
Memorial Field, South Fruit St., Concord

Follow the Concord Through the Ages Parade to an afternoon of neighborly fun at Memorial Field. Compete in a wiffle ball tournament, partake in kids’ activities from the Concord Family YMCA, enjoy special community and historic programming, enjoy music from Concord Coachmen Chorus and Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio, eat birthday cake, dance to tunes from the Club Soda Band, and more.

A tremendous thank you to the volunteers, organizations, and donors who are making Concord City Celebration Week possible, including:

Presenting Sponsor:


Gold Dome Sponsors:



Concord Coach Sponsors:




Granite Sponsor:


Silver Sponsors:

Atlas Fireworks

Concord Hospital

Walker Lecture Fund

Community Sponsor:

Northeast Delta Dental

Friends & Family Sponsor:

Frederick J. Coolbroth, Jr.

250 Sponsors:

Ciborowski Associates

Pollyanna King, CPA

Milestone Engineering & Construction

James & Susan Milliken

Murdoch Roy Family

Orr & Reno

Rochette Family

Tim Sink

Help bring historic Concord treasures home before they leave NH forever on September 1st!

Our friends at the Abbot-Downing Historical Society need your help to bring 7 historic Abbot-Downing vehicles home to Concord, before they’re sold on September 1st and permanently relocated to the Midwest. Click here to learn how you can help.



Image credit: Concord Monitor/GEOFF FORESTER

Image credit: Concord Monitor/GEOFF FORESTER

Did you miss the 1965 Time Capsule Opening? There, but want to revisit the event? You’re in luck – click here to watch the evening’s festivities, courtesy of our friends at Concord TV.

Click the links below to see additional coverage of the 1965 Time Capsule Opening:

Concord Monitor



Bravo! Wildcat Civil War Regiment Band Concert Series a Resounding Success…
More than 1,000 people seized the opportunity to hear the Wildcat Regiment Band play in last weekend’s concert series. Congratulations to Penacook Historical Society on presenting a remarkably well-received gift to our community in honor of Concord’s 250th anniversary! Click here to read news coverage, and stay tuned for an opportunity to view video from the events.

Image: ELIZABETH FRANTZ/Concord Monitor staff


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Accompany Video Production is hard at work on 2015 Concord, a documentary on day to day life in Concord which will become part of the 2015 time capsule. Click above for the latest sneak peek; learn more by contacting John Gfroerer at 603-226-3130.


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


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.


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!


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.

Concord Heritage Commission 250 sign

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…

Old Meeting House

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


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!

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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!



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!


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!


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

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