A BIG moment for Concord's historic capitol building

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The New Hampshire State House celebrates its bicentennial next month, and the Chamber marks its centennial anniversary on October 18. We’re excited to share such a special milestone along with a state icon—the nation’s oldest state house in which the legislature still occupies its original chambers is right here in Concord.

The New Hampshire State House marks its bicentennial in June and the State House Bicentennial Commission will host multiple celebratory events. The New Hampshire State House Bicentennial Commission is hosting multiple events to mark the 200th anniversary.

On Sunday, June 2, all are invited to celebrate the Capitol’s official bicentennial. Planned events include an opening ceremony, tours of the historic building and re-enactments of the original 1819 House session performed by legislators in period costume.

The festivities continue on Monday, June 3 with a Governor’s Roundtable featuring past New Hampshire Governors moderated by WMUR Political Director Adam Sexton.

Supreme Court arguments will return to the House Chamber for one historic day on Tuesday, June 4. Watch the event streamed live online and hear from members of the press who have covered the state.

Wednesday features Cultural and Heritage Day out on the plaza. Follow event updates at www.facebook.com/NHStateHouse200 and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/nhstatehouse200th .

On Thursday, June 6, State Legislators past and present will return for New Hampshire Legislators' Homecoming Day where they’ll take part in a joint conversation at the a.m. session followed by a big party at noon. Seating is extremely limited at this event. Interested members of the public may contact the NH State House Visitor Center to inquire about availability.

The week wraps up with a bazaar on Friday, June 7 featuring members of NH Made in booths lining Capitol and Park Streets.

The newly refurbished Senate Chamber gleams as part of preparations for the NH State House bicentennial celebration on Sunday, June 2, 2019 in Concord, New Hampshire.Whether you toured the State House as a New Hampshire school kid or have walked its halls many times, you’ll be impressed with all the work put in for the bicentennial: the re-gilded dome shines brightly above Concord’s skyline; a new stained glass half-round welcomes visitors; polished brass honors those who sacrificed all in our Roll of Honor; cleaned murals in the Senate Chamber showcase NH’s vibrant past; and the State House Visitor Center teems with commemorative items, Presidential and First in the Nation history.

If there was ever a great moment to visit Concord, this is it! Tell your family, relatives, business associates and friends. And encourage them to contact us if they need help planning their trip.

Tim Sink is the President of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. Read his posts at www.ConcordNHChamber.com/blog .

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