DOVER — The city’s 400th Anniversary Committee has unveiled the logo to be associated with the celebration in 2023. The artwork was conceived by Deborah Ballok, a city resident and retired visual arts teacher. The logo will be used on anniversary collateral and merchandise to help raise revenue to offset the costs of the celebration.
Dover was the first permanent settlement in New Hampshire, established in 1623 and the 7th settlement in the United States colonies. The 400th Anniversary Committee was formed in 2018 and is tasked with planning and organizing the city’s 400th birthday celebration, which will include historical reenactments, fireworks and parades, school involvement and more throughout the year.
“It’s important to have residents and businesses work side by side in the planning and the celebration, itself,” said committee Chair Kevin McEneaney. “This is a significant community milestone to be celebrated.”
Ballok presented the committee with nine sketches, which were narrowed down to three. Through the revision process, the committee selected two images, which were ultimately accepted and copyrighted.
“When I was accepted onto the 400th Anniversary Committee one of the first items discussed was need for a logo design,” Ballok said. “I was excited to use my skills and expertise to recognize such a special date in our city’s history.”
Ballok graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor of science degree in visual arts education. She worked as a visual arts teacher for 35 years, 20 years at Hudson Memorial Middle School, and another 15 at Alvirne High School, before moving to Dover.
The Dover 400th Anniversary Committee is comprised of 17 members. In addition to McEneaney and Ballok members include: vice chair Kathleen Morrison, Sam Allen, Coleen Ayers, Elizabeth Worboys Burr, Angela Carter, Nicole Desjarlais Paulick, Guy Eaton, Morgan Faustino, Jesse Andrew Galt, Zachary Koehler, Tom Massingham, Kathleen Shannon, Douglas Steele, Karen Weston and Robert Carrier.
The committee is currently seeking sponsors for the celebration. For information, contact McEneaney at email@example.com.