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This Week in Concord History

Oct. 16, 1975: The Reagan for President campaign opens a headquarters at the New Hampshire Highway Hotel in Concord. Hotel owner Matthew Morton agrees to a temporary replacement of the wording on the huge sign atop the building from "Highway Hotel" to "Reagan for President," creating an ostentatious precedent for future political candidates.Oct. 16, 2001: Citing… 0

October 16, 2012

This Week in Concord History

Oct. 9, 1992: In the first Gile concert of the season, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra play to a full house at the Concord City Auditorium.Oct. 9, 2001: Red River Theatres, a nonprofit organization set on bringing movies back to Concord's downtown, receives $15,000 from the city council to conduct a feasibility study on whether a downtown movie theater… 0

October 9, 2012

This Week in Concord History

Oct. 2, 1856: Near the end of his term, President Franklin Pierce visits Concord to stump for James Buchanan, the Democrat nominated to succeed him. Pierce is greeted with a great parade and reception downtown. A fine horseman, he himself rides in the procession down Main Street.Oct. 2, 1918: Two Concord soldiers - Marine Lieutenant Paul Corriveau and Private Herbert C. Drew - die… 0

October 2, 2012

This Week in Concord History

Sept. 25, 2003: In Concord, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announces that New Hampshire will build a new emergency management center, thanks to a $9.1 million grant.Sept. 26, 1845: The New Hampshire Courier of Concord tells readers it's willing to take payment in forms other than cash: Those of our subscribers who are in arrears to us for the Courier and wish to pay in… 0

September 25, 2012

This Week in Concord History

Sept. 18, 1987: In Concord, Elizabeth Dole defends her decision to quit her job as U.S. transportation secretary to help her husband, U.S. Senator Bob Dole, run for president. "This is my choice," she says. "I'm not going to be just out there standing by Bob's side and smiling. We're talking about something with serious implications. We're talking… 0

September 18, 2012

This Week in Concord History

Sept. 11, 1866: Kearsarge beats Portsmouth 32-19 in one of the first reported games of "base ball" in Concord. Judge Ira Eastman, however, remembers seeing the game (or its forerunner, rounders) played in the city 50 years before.Sept. 11, 2002: Hundreds of people stand silent under umbrellas at the State House Plaza during a Sept. 11 commemoration ceremony.Sept. 12, 1841:… 0

September 11, 2012

This Week in Concord History

Sept. 4, 1929: Two men are arrested on slot machine charges at the Bradford Fair a day after a visit from Willoughby Slattery, the county solicitor. The fair is in danger of being closed because of excessive gambling on the midway, a move the Monitor would not oppose. "The Bradford fair this year really isn't a fair in any way, certainly not an agricultural fair,"… 0

September 4, 2012

This Week in Concord History

Aug. 28, 2000: The board of directors of First Night New Hampshire announces it won't hold its annual New Year's Eve celebration this year. The organization has accumulated debts over the past three years, in part due to cold weather and a 1999 bomb scare.Aug. 29, 1862: While ministering to soldiers of the 2nd New Hampshire Infantry at Second Bull Run, Harriet P. Dame of Concord… 0

August 28, 2012

This Week in Concord History

Aug. 21, 1851: Concord's downtown is ravaged by the worst fire in its history. The fire starts in the old "Mechanics Home" and spreads through old wooden buildings on the east side of Main Street from Park Street south and past the State House. Lost are the Eagle Coffee House, a drug store, the Merchants Exchange, the Prescott Piano Factory and a host of other stores,… 0

August 21, 2012

This Week in Concord History

Aug. 14, 1945: The victory bell rings at 7:11 p.m., signaling the defeat of Japan and the end of the war. Thousands of people rush into downtown Concord to celebrate peace. One planned event is an "o so joyful Hara Kiri parade." Children in kimonos carry parasols down Main Street, vying for $1 prizes for the best costumes. Also in the parade is an overturned canoe labeled… 0

August 14, 2012