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  • Dover 400 hosts historical lecture series


    First presentation, January 12, 2021: Indigenous People of the Piscataqua Watershed
     
    DOVER — Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, recently announced it will host a historical lecture series chronicling Dover’s significant past, starting in January 2021 and continuing every month throughout 2021. Each presentation will be held at 7:00pm on the second Tuesday of the month starting on January 12, 2021. Initially, the series will be virtual lectures.
    The first session will pay tribute to the Native people who occupied the region prior to colonization by white settlers. Dover resident and Native American Kathleen Blake will introduce the series with a Land Acknowledgement: a formal statement that recognizes Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and respects the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories. 
    Blake is an alumna of UNH and Plymouth State University.  She is an indigenous mother and grandmother, as well as a retired environmental and biological sciences teacher and school administrator.  She is the current chair of the NH Commission on Native American Affairs, an affiliate member of the UNH Indigenous Studies Minor Program, and a member of the Indigenous New Hampshire Collective Collaborative.
    Immediately following Blake’s introduction, David Miller will present “Indigenous People of the Piscataqua Watershed” and share his extensive research which has uncovered many of the Wabanaki/Abenaki lifeways. Miller will explore what he calls the “Great Bay Paradise” that existed in up to 20 Native villages bordering the rivers of our region. Attendees will learn about both the proven data, garnered through maps and early documents, and also hear some intriguing speculation regarding the many still-unknown facts about early Native people. 
    Miller is a former Social Studies teacher specializing in American Intellectual History, a curriculum developer, and K-12 school principal. After retirement, he was President of the Rochester Historical Society for 10 years. Miller is currently finalizing a Social Studies curriculum component: a 50-page “Chronology of the History of Indigenous People of New Hampshire from the Paleoindian period to Today” with accompanying research materials. 
     
    Upcoming lectures include:
    ·       Relationships between the early white settlers and the Natives
    ·       Tales from the Dirt: archaeology of the early colonial landscape at Dover Point
    ·       Dover’s Rev. Jeremy Belknap and the American Revolution
    ·       History of the Cocheco Cotton Mills 
    ·       Dover railroad history
    ·       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
    The series will also feature a lesson on how to trace the history of your Dover house. Each presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for the January 12, 2021 lecture, please visit https://ringcentr.al/34VxkAx or RSVP on www.Dover400.org    
    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. For more information, please visit www.Dover400.org.
     
    About    
    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 comprised of fourteen enthusiastic citizens from diverse backgrounds who are all committed to one purpose: ensuring a 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; and Karen Weston.