Courtesy - Hillary Seeger

Sep 24, 2016 1:37 PM

3-year celebration of State House's 200th birthday to begin

The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The bicentennial celebration of the New Hampshire State House is kicking off with a symbolic cornerstone laying to mark 200 years since the initial groundbreaking.

The ceremony starts Saturday at 10 a.m. and will feature a horse-drawn carriage carrying the stone, which will be laid by a group of New Hampshire masons. Guided tours of the State House will be available after.

The bicentennial celebration will last through June 2019, marking 200 years since the building's opening. The 3-year celebration will offer educational and historical events.

State Rep. Renny Cushing, who heads the bicentennial commission, says the goal of the celebration is to remind New Hampshire residents about the state's unique democratic history. The New Hampshire House chamber is the oldest original legislative chamber to be continually used

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