The Faces of Dover is a community organization which conserves local history about Dover, New Hampshire. Affiliated with Dover Main Street Program a 501c3 organization, the Faces of Dover was formed in 2009 by a group of volunteers wanting to capture local history through family roots and stories. The group’s initial project included putting some faces to the names of 2nd and 3rd generation businesses throughout the Garrison City with the idea to create foot traffic in the community,
The Faces of Dover launched a display of photographs and narratives throughout the city and created a walking tour that showcased community members and their stories about life in Dover in poster form. Each poster incorporated a story of their life accompanied by a collage of photos from yesteryear. Topics range from life on the farm to the glory days of the “Golden Girls” of Harvey’s Coffee Shop, hanging out at Buck’s Cafe, students from the inner-city attending Dover High School as well as individual citizens,
Our current project entails the restoration of over two dozen existing, free-standing historical markers mounted on pedestals throughout the City, many of which are now in deteriorated condition and several are missing entirely. These historic markers have been greatly enjoyed by both residents and visitors to the city, and Faces of Dover is seeking ways to ensure that they are restored and preserved for the future.
Current initiative involves:
- Removal of frames and photos of existing historical markers
- Sandblasting and powder coating metal pedestals
- Revision of verbiage
- Re-design of markers -Click here to see sample new historic marker
- Printing of new photos on ultraviolet resistant material
- Fabrication of new pedestals to add nine additional markers
- Creation of an expanded map to guide you to the all markers and posters
- Creation of QR codes to enhance the viewing experience
Want to get involved? Consider a donation or volunteer on the project.
Faces of Dover is a non-profit community organization developing preservation projects
in aid of preserving local history about Dover, New Hampshire and its patrons.
Contact us @ FacesofDover.org
Thank you to our supporters!