250th Committee

The year 2025 will mark the 250th anniversary of the historic battles of Concord and Lexington and 2026 will mark the 250th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.   The 200th celebration in 1975 was a grand enterprise attended by  President Gerald Ford along with  local, national  and   international dignitaries.  To mark these significant anniversaries in 2025  and  2026,   the Select Board has established    the Concord 2025 Executive Committee.   The  Committee  will: 

  1. evaluate and make recommendations on how the Town should   manage  the  commemoration of these historic  events:    
  2. oversee subcommittees created for  their various purposes,  and to   supervise and  assist them in their functions;  
  3. sponsor activities which  commemorate and  celebrate the place  of Concord in the  history   of our  nation; 
  4. recognize the influence  that  the Town and   its  residents  have had   on  the ideals  of   liberty,  the  unity   of  mankind  and   our  co-existence  with the   natural  and social  environment   which we inhabit.    As  the custodians  of this   place  and  heritage,   it  is our  responsibility  to   host  a celebration worthy  of   the  events  which   took place in our Town 250 years ago. 

The Executive Committee will coordinate the Town’s events with our sister communities of Lincoln, Bedford, Lexington, and Arlington (Battle Road 2025); Minuteman National Historical Park; Hanscom Air Force Base,  the  Massachusetts National  Guard,  local, state, regional and federal agencies,  musical,  performing    and  historical   re-enactment groups . 

PLEASE  JOIN US:   If you would like  to   join in the  work of the  Committee   by  signing  up for   one  of our  Sub-committees  such as   Arts, Literature & Music; Communications & Publicity, Event Planning; Finance,  History & Education , Hospitality & Invitations, Outreach & Coordination, Permanent  Memorial  and Public Safety.  To take advantage of the opportunities available,  please  send us an email at 250celebration@concordma.gov

Arts Literature & Music:  Di  Clymer
Communications  & Publicity:  Diane Proctor
Event Planning: John Arena
Finance:  Rick Loughlin
History & Education:  David Wood
Hospitality & Invitations:  Tish  Hopkins
Outreach & Coordination:  Holly Cratsley
Permanent  Memorial:  Gary Clayton
Private and Institutional Financial Support:  Polly Reeve
Public Safety:  Fred Ryan

Henry Dane Select Board
John J. Arena III  
Gary Clayton   
Richard Loughlin  
Diane Proctor  
David Wood  
Diana Clymer  
Holly Cratsley   
Patricia Hopkins  
Frederick Ryan  
Pauline C. Reeve  

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