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  • Dover 400 continues Historical Lecture Series

    April 13, 2021: “A Historian Lives the Revolution: Rev. Jeremy Belknap in the 
    Crossroads of the 18th Century”

    DOVER —Dover400, a committee of residents organizing Dover’s 400th Anniversary, continues its virtual historical lecture series on April 13, 2021 at 7:00PM with an online presentation about life in Dover during the 18th century through the eyes and words of one of its most prominent citizens, Rev. Jeremy Belknap. 
    Rev. Belknap (1744-1798) traveled widely across the New Hampshire and began accumulating notes on the state’s history. In 1784, he published the first volume of the “History of New Hampshire” but would take until 1792 to complete volume two. The “History” added two radical innovations for historians: 1.) besides just narrating events, he tried to clearly separate true facts from analysis and opinion; and 2.) he provided many annotations (footnotes) to show the source and location of records that he had inspected. Thus, Belknap was the first journalist to shun what we today would call fake news. His reputation grew over the years until, after his deathAlexis de Tocqueville named him as America's best native historian. The “History of New Hampshire” is still in print today.
    The presenter, Dr. Jordan AP Fansler, will examine the life and works of Jeremy Belknap who served two decades as pastor of Dover’s First Parish Church from 1767-1787. As a renowned minister, noted historian, Army Chaplain, and dedicated archivist, Jeremy Belknap’s life allows us to consider many aspects of this tumultuous Revolutionary period including local attitudes toward religion, government, scholarship, and society.  
    Dr. Jordan AP Fansler, MSc has lived in Dover for more than 10 years while researching and exploring New England's history.  Through his scholarly career at Temple University, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of New Hampshire, he has examined the interplay between the local and the national or transnational, particularly in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.  He’s currently an instructor and Coordinator for History and Political Science at Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, and a member of the Great Bay Archaeological Survey team.
    Each Dover400 presentation is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. To sign up for the April 13, 2021 lecture, please RSVP on www.Dover400.org    
    Upcoming lectures in the monthly series include:
    ·       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