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  • Dover 400 continues Historical Lecture Series

    June 8, 2021: “Dover’s Railroads”


    DOVER, N.H.—May 18, 2021—Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, continues its virtual lecture series on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7:00PM with an online presentation about the history of railroads in Dover. 

    This educational and entertaining webinar will include a general analysis of the railroad's history in the Dover area, including a look at the lines and facilities which helped accelerate Dover's importance as a manufacturing and residential center on the seacoast. A look at the people, machines, and processes will help outline the historical role the railroads played in this area and the ongoing vitality of the railroad to this region. Rare photos from private collections, as well as the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society's archives will help illustrate this exceptional history.

    The lecturer for this event is Rick Kfoury, an author, railroad historian, and director for the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society. A recent graduate of the Keene State College history program, he has authored three books on New Hampshire's railroad history, with a fourth in pre-publication. 

    Each Dover400 presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for the June 8, 2021 lecture, please RSVP on www.Dover400.org

    To view earlier lectures in the series please visit: https://dovernh.viebit.com/index.php?folder=Dover400

    Upcoming lectures in the monthly series include:

    • 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.


    Established in 1623, Dover was the first permanent settlement in New Hampshire.  Dover400 is a group of appointed volunteers gathered to plan and organize the City’s 400th birthday celebration which will include historical reenactments, fireworks and parades, school involvement, souvenirs and more. 

    Dover400 is composed of enthusiastic citizens from diverse backgrounds who are all committed to one purpose: ensuring Dover is recognized and celebrated for this momentous event. Members include: Kevin McEneaney, Chair; Sam Allen, Vice-Chair; Nicole Desjarlais-Paulick, Secretary; Kathleen Morrison, Treasurer; Deborah Ballok; Cathy Beaudoin; Bob Carrier; Angela Carter; Guy Eaton; J. Andrew Galt; Zachary Koehler; Tom Massingham; Karen Weston; Sam Crane; and Stephanie Bolduc.