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Concord Chats: Our First 250 Years!

"Penacook History Tour with John Brookfield"

Was a tremendous success! Thank you for all those that came, watched and ate popcorn. Stay tuned for all the events for the Concord 250 Cellebration at, Concord 250!



GRAND CONCERTS in Penacook and Concord --- May 23 & 24, 2015
Honor our Veterans --- Support the arts --- Promote historic downtown Concord & Penacook

The " Wildcat Regiment Band", the 105th Pennsylvania volunteers!

Join us in creating a special Memorial Day weekend celebration for Concord’s 250th Anniversary.

During and after the Civil War, Penacook (then called Fisherville) was famous for the brilliant music played by its bands. Many of the band members were Penacook and Concord men who went to war as members of the 3rd NH Regiment Band and the 2nd Brigade Band, where they hand copied and played from the famous Port Royal band books. When they came home from the war, they brought the band books with them to Penacook, and formed one of the best bands in NH.

The Wildcat Regiment Band of Home, PA, has been playing this amazing music on period instruments for more than 20 years. A highly respected reenactment band, the Wildcats have produced three cds, and have played annually for the National Park Service at Antietam, Gettysburg and Harper’s Ferry, as well as the Smithsonian Institution and the Kennedy Center in D.C.  They have long wanted to bring the music home to Penacook and Concord.

The Wildcat Regiment Band has offered to perform two Grand Concerts in Penacook and downtown Concord over Memorial Day weekend, as part of the Concord 250 celebrations. They would also like to contribute their music to Concord’s Memorial Day observances. All performances would be free and open to the public. The Wildcats have secured over $10,000 in funding. We need to raise an additional $5,000 to cover their expenses.

The “Penacook History Tour with John Brookfield” is a locally-produced documentary film about the history of the bands and music. It was shown by the Penacook Historical Society at 6:00 pm on March 19th, as part of the Concord 250’s “Concord Chats” series to a packed house.

An investment in these concerts is an investment in our history and our future. The original bands inspired Penacook and Concord to great achievements after the trials of the Civil War. Help us bring this rousing music back to downtown Concord and the newly-revitalized Penacook Village.

Contact Althea Barton at althea9999@gmail.com or 603-753-9609 for sponsor opportunities and benefits, or to request a film screening for your organization.

Thank you for sponsoring...

The Penacook Village Association

The Penacook Village Association
PO Box 6174, Penacook NH 03303

The American Legion Post 31, Penacook NH

American Legion Post 31
11 Charles Street
Penacook, NH 03303

The Walker Lecture Fund
20 Kensington Rd.
Concord, NH 03301


Upcoming “Concord Chats” events will be 1st/3rd Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., February 2015 – May 2015 (with break for summer; resuming October – December 2015) at various locations around the City of Concord including Penacook!

Concord 250, Penacook Historical Society, Concord Historical Society, Concord Public Library and more community partners are hosting the events, if your organization or business is interested in hosting an upcoming “Concord Chats,” please contact Kim Murdoch, Concord 250 Project Manager at ConcordNH250@gmail.com.

Stay tuned for more events this year to celebrate our 250th Anniversary as Concord. A neat website to visit with details of upcoming events is Concord250.org and click "Events"

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