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Starting in September 2021 and continuing through September 2022 Chester will be celebrating its 300th Anniversary. There will be many events planned for our year-long celebration.

Sept 11, 2021 - Chester Town Fair - visit our table for information and merchandise!
Oct 23, 2021 - Kick-off Gala Event - Dinner & Dancing (SOLD OUT)
Dec 4, 2021 - Christmas Tree Lighting and Caroling
Feb 26, 2022 - Winter Fest at Spring Hill Farm
May 7, 2022 - Kick off of the Chester Geocache series (will run through September)
May 7, 2022 - Proclamation Day - Reading of our proclamation, placing of Time Capsule and Historical Encampment Featuring the First NH Regiment
July 23, 2022 - 5K Race and Fireman's Muster at Wason Pond
Aug 6, 2022 - Car Show
Sept 24, 2022 - Grand Finale: Mega Parade, BBQ with live music and wrapping up with a spectacular Fireworks show!

TIME CAPSULE:
The Chester 300th Anniversary Committee will be placing a Time Capsule at Stevens Memorial Hall on May 7, 2022.
Would you like to donate an item to be placed in the time capsule? Have an idea of what we should put in it? Send us
your suggestions!

COMMEMORATIVE BOOKLET:
The 300th Anniversary and Celebration Committee members are in the process of formulating the Commemorative booklet for the celebration. Items that will be included are old homes of Chester that were not featured in the 1922 or 1972 programs. Chester Street homes have been highly documented and recognized, but there are many older homes throughout Chester that have not been recognized. The 1857 and 1892 maps of Chester depicted most of them. An 1857 map is available to view in the foyer of the town offices and library. If you own one of the homes on the map and would like your home to be included in this historic document, you need to contact us at chesternh300.org or call 887-3738. The 1922 and 1972 programs can be viewed in the Chester library.

1. We will need a current picture of the house. (No snow pictures)
2. A short history of the home. People that lived there or notable person mentioned on the map. Any unusual character or happening of the house.
Example: Edmund Sleeper House: Built in 1730s by Isaac Foss. The house was bought by Samuel Bartlett, who is an older cousin of Josiah Bartlett, in 1742. Daughter Elizabeth Bartlett, married Jethro Colby and lived there. Their daughter Lydia, married Edmund Sleeper, inherited the house and the house remained in the family until early 1900s.
3. Homes that are over 100 years old will be considered depending on how many submissions we receive of the 1857 houses. If you own one these homes, you are more than welcomed to submit it.

SLIDE SHOW:
We are looking to put together a slide show for Chester's 300th anniversary "Life in Chester - Past and Present". We are asking you to submit photos depicting life in our town. Old/Historical photos, recent photos, whatever you feel fits that description. The 300th committee reserves the right to choose the photos to be used in the show. If you'd like to submit your photos, please send to nancyj@chesternh300.org Thank you!!



Each of these events will need subcommittees formed to get them organized. If you have any interest in these or other events, please contact our Chairman, Jean Methot at jeanm@chesternh300.org


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