Dover's 400th Celebration

Dover 400

Get ready to celebrate!

The City Council formed the "Ad-Hoc Dover’s 400th Anniversary Committee" in 2018 to help plan and oversee the 400th anniversary celebration, which will include historical re-enactments, fireworks and parades, school involvement, and more throughout the year. 

For more information about the 400th Committee, including committee members and contact information, meeting minutes, and more, visit the Committee's page here:

Dover's 400th Anniversary Committee

Dover 400

Help support the celebration

The 400th Celebration Committee can't succeed without help from everyone. There are several ways you can help now:

  • Buy a T-shirt or mug. Shirts and mugs bearing the 400th celebration logo are on sale at City Hall, Noggin' Factory and Janeto's.
  • Make a donation or become a sponsor. Although the City of Dover has budgeted some funds for the celebration, the success of the 400th festivities will depend on donations and sponsors. See below for instructions on how to donate or become a sponsor, or contact the Committee Chair, Kevin McEneaney directly at k.mceneaney@dover.nh.gov.
  • Let us know what you have in mind. Use the comment form below to send your ideas.

Our work so far

facebookIn addition to this page, be sure to follow our Facebook page devoted to the 400th anniversary celebration. The page is updated frequently with news about the Committee's work, special events and meetings, and interesting tidbits about Dover's history.

The 400th Anniversary Committee meets each month to plan and coordinate the celebration. In addition, there are several subcommittees that meet regularly. For more information, including when the committee meets again, visit the 400th Anniversary Committee page.

400 for 400 Donors

Thanks to our growing list of 400 for 400 donors. See below for more information about the 400 for 400 campaign and how you can contribute.

Corporate Donors
The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce
Bamford Investment Company LLC
McEneaney Survey Associates, Inc.
Dover Public Administrators Association
Alan B. Crowell Rev Trust 2000
Dover Police Administrators
Kevin P. Coppinger/Cochecho Plumbing & Hydronic Heating
Martel Inc. Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning
Bruton & Berube, PLLC Attorneys at Law
Civil Works New England A Division of Haight Engineering, PLLC
Scott Tarr and North S Tarr Concrete Consulting PC

Individual Donors
Dennis Ciotti
Linda Hayden
Cathleen Beaudoin
Katherine Parker-Wright
Marilyn Follansbee
Tyler and Patricia Foss
Phillip and Donna Rinaldi
Lawrence D. David
Dennis and Darlene Shanahan
Thomas Allen
Bob Carrier
Walter King and Maria Soccorro Quisumbing-King
Karen Weston
Alan Crowell
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

In Memoriam
Jerry Carberry by his children, Josh, Zac & Erin Carberry


400th News and Recent Annoucements

DOVER400 DEBUTS FIRST IN SERIES OF COMMEMORATIVE ORNAMENTS

posted on: 11/15/2019

Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, recently Dover 400 ornamentdebuted 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 Damm 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 St., 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.

400 for 400 campaign off to strong start

posted on: 7/25/2019

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.

Dover Anniversary Committee launches 400 for 400 campaign

posted on: 6/12/2019

Ciotti and 400Dover’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 of the Dover 400th Anniversary Committee, was the first to accept the challenge. 

“I am proud to put my support behind this campaign,” he said.

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, 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.

The 400th Anniversary Committee was formed to plan and organize the city’s 400th celebration.

Have an idea for the 400th celebration?

posted on: 5/15/2019

Dover’s 400th Anniversary Committee is seeking for input on activities to celebrate Dover’s 400th birthday in 2023.

Established in 1623, Dover is 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 re-enactments, 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.

The committee is currently seeking sponsors for the celebration.

For more information, please contact McEneaney, chair of the Dover 400th Anniversary Committee, at k.mceneaney@dover.nh.gov.

Dover 400th Committee unveils logo

Dover 400 buttonDover’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 City Council formed the "Ad-Hoc Dover’s 400th Anniversary Committee" in 2018 to help plan and oversee the 400th anniversary celebration, which will include historical re-enactments, 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. 

 Let us know what you think

  Use the comment section below to send along your thoughts and ideas to the 400th Committee or email the Committee at Dover400-All@dover.nh.gov.