Planning Nutfield's 300th Anniversary Celebration
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- Planning meetings schedule and notes.
Anniversary preparations are underway through the historical societies, libraries, schools, churches and other groups in Derry, Londonderry, and Windham. This page will describe these plans as they develop, and provide related resources and information.
Below find info on the planning, related blog posts, local press coverage, and more.
The next Derry Nutfield 300th Planning Meeting is:
Sunday April 8, 2:00–4:00pm
First Parish Church
Celebration activities will run over several months so that every group can conduct their own 300th activities without schedule competition. Initial thoughts for the beginning and end of the Nutfield 300th Celebration are:
- Activities kick off at First Parish Church in East Derry (where the first settlers first settled) in April, 2019 (the First Sermon on April 12, 1719 is considered the founding event).
- Activity conclude in conjunction with Londonderry Old Home Day, which runs the third week of August, 2019.
Nutfield Celebration Ideas
A growing list of brainstormed events and activities from various sources.
- Commemorative coin, ornament, or other keepsake
- Illustrated children's book telling the Nutfield founding story
- Highland games exposition
- Regional culmination with joint fireworks etc.
- Beard contest
- Incorporation in local school curriculums
- Parades, possibly multiple, in different communities and/or themed
- Commemorative service and Founder's Day activities at First Parish in East Derry
- History lecture series
- Scottish clan gatherings
- Ancestoral families outreach
- Printed program(s)
- Art show or contest
- Enactments, of town separations, depictions of early life, military events, etc.
Related Blog Posts
Recent Articles on the 300th Planning
UNION LEADER 2/14/18 — Centuries-old Derry church undergoing restoration
NUTFIelD NEWS 2/1/18 — Heritage Commission Kicks Off Nutfield 300th Anniversary
DERRY NEWS 1/28/18 — Community plans for Nutfield settlement's 300th
UNION LEADER 1/31/18 — Derry starts preparations for Nutfield's 300th anniversary
EAGLE TRIBUNE 7/31/17 — Derry Public Library efforts save history in digital form
Articles on the BBC MacGregor Filming
MANCHESTER UNION LEADER — Northern Ireland film crew visits Derry with MacGregor descendants
NUTFIELD NEWS — BBC Visits Derry With MacGregor Ancestors to Film Mini-Series
NUTFIELD GENEALOGY BLOG
Planning Continues for Nutfield Towns’ 300th Anniversary
March 25, 2016, by Kaitlyn Woods, Londonderry Times
Londonderry’s Nutfield 300th Anniversary Committee members discussed recruiting representation from the other participating communities – Windham, Derry and Chester – and hosting a celebration over several months.
Representatives from Windham’s Historical Society and First Parish Church in East Derry discussed with the planning committee at their meeting Monday setting tentative dates for the celebration and collaborating events in each of the communities. Read more ...
Early planning revs up for Nutfield 300th anniversary
March 16, 2016, by Eli Okun, Manchester Union Leader
LONDONDERRY — The 300th anniversary of Nutfield’s founding may still be more than three years away, but people in several local towns are kicking preliminary planning into gear.
Londonderry, Derry and Windham — all of which derived, at least in part, from the original 12-mile tract known as Nutfield in the 18th century — have the beginnings of 300th-related endeavors underway. Read more ..
Historic church, steeple will honor Nutfield's 300th
First Parish Church readies for anniversary in 2019
Jan 27, 2016, by Julie Huss, Derry News
When the area's original Nutfield settlement celebrates its 300th anniversary three years from now, one historic church will be ready.
First Parish Congregational Church will be a focal point for the celebration and is now undergoing major renovations projects and repairs. Read more ...
Committees and Groups
Derry Nutfield 300th Anniversary Committee
At the Town Council's January 5th, 2015 meeting, the Derry Heritage Commission proposed that Council vote to support the formation of a committee to coordinate and plan Nutfield 300th activities. The motion was made and unanimously approved:
Move that the Town of Derry form a Nutfield 300th Anniversary planning committee, chaired by the Heritage Commission. This committee will actively coordinate all interested groups and citizens in the area interested in participating in the Celebration, and return to the Town Council for reporting and budgetary requests.
Motion by Councilor Katsakiores, seconded by Councilor Bourdon
The Heritage Commission plans to return in early fall 2016 with a proposal for the charter and make up of this new committee, and to then formally begin preparations.
Londonderry Nutfield 300th Anniversary Committee
See the town website for committee members list and info.
- Meeting Minutes, June 20, 2016 — download PDF
- Meeting Minutes, March 21, 2016 — download PDF
- Meeting Minutes, December 14, 2016 — download PDF
WINDHAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY and Windham Museum
These groups are working together to first plan the Town of Windham's 275th Anniversary in August 2017.
Windham starts preparing for 275th anniversary
Eagle Tribune, March 14, 2016, Ray Carbone