Weston Observatory Foliage Viewing
October 3-4 and October 10-11, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Walking tours of the area conducted at 1:00 each day
$10 per person or $25 per family
$5 off for MHA members
Parking will be available in front of the Weston Observatory off of Oak Hill Ave.
We are back this year with another opportunity to climb to the top of the Weston Observatory! Located behind Derryfield Park, Weston Observatory was built in 1896 in honor of James Adams Weston, a former Mayor of Manchester and Governor of New Hampshire. The tower stands 66 feet tall, giving an exquisite view of Manchester and the surrounding areas from its observation deck. Normally closed to the public, the Weston Observatory will be open for two weekends in October during peak foliage season. Picnic tables will be available, so bring a lunch and come enjoy the beautiful fall foliage while experiencing one of Manchester's best kept secrets! Please note that the Observatory is not accessible for people in wheelchairs or who have walking disabilities.
This will also be your first opportunity to purchase your 2015 Manchester Historic Association Collectible Ornament featuring the Weston Observatory! Ornaments will be available for $25.00.
*Saturday, October 3rd is also AARP Day at the Weston Observatory! AARP members receive a discount of $5 on admission to the Weston Observatory (cannot be combined with MHA member discount). Please remember to bring your current AARP card to be eligible for the discount.
Manchester Wall of Fame and Ashland No. 1 Steam Fire Engine
October 14, 2015
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Come and get a first look at two new exhibits being unveiled at the Millyard Museum!
The Manchester Wall of Fame is an interactive exhibit that showcases 48 individuals from Manchester who have had a lasting impact. The individuals were chosen with input from the public. Come and see if you can guess who will be on the wall!
In August 2014, the Ashland No. 1 Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine became a part of the permanent exhibits at the Millyard Museum. Now, through the generosity of the Bean Foundation, new exhibit panels will be unveiled that tell the history of the Amoskeag's production of Steam Fire Engines and their inventor Nehemiah Bean, as well as the interesting story of the Ashland No. 1.
All are welcome - come enjoy an evening of fun and celebrate the city’s history!
Open Doors Arts and Cultural Tour
Thursday, October 15, 2015
5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Hop on the trolley and visit art galleries and museums in the city including the Millyard Museum, SEE Science Center, Art 3 Gallery, Art on the Wall at City Hall, Langer Place, E.W. Poore, Studio 550, Framers Market, GREGORVIOS Studio, Studio Verne, Dancing Lion Chocolate, Manchester Artists Association Carol Rines Center, and the New Hampshire Institute of Art. The trolleys stop at these locations approximately every 20-30 minutes throughout the evening. Easy parking is available at Langer Place at 55 S. Commercial Street, or at 200 Bedford Street (site of the Millyard Museum and the SEE Science Center).
Night at the Museums
Friday, October 30, 2015
7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
$30 per person or $50 per couple
Note: This is a 21+ event
Join us for a Night at the Museums! On October 30th, the Manchester Historic Association and the SEE Science Center will be joining together for this fun costume event. Attendees will be able to tour both the Millyard Museum and the SEE Science Center's robotic dinosaur exhibit. Guests will bid on silent auction prizes, meet costumed reenactors of Manchester's history, and come face to face with a Tyrannosaurus Rex. With food, live music, dancing, and adult beverages (this is a 21+ event), it is sure to be a fun evening!
Walking Tour: Valley Cemetery
Saturday, October 17, 2015
10:00 a.m.- noon
$5 Manchester Historic Association members - $10 General Public
Pre-registration is required. Please call (603)-622-7531.
Stroll with John Jordan and Dick Duckoff through Manchester's Victorian-era cemetery. Designed as a rural garden cemetery, it yields a gripping narrative about the city's rich past - from those who pioneered the growth of the city to the lesser known. This is designed to be both an informative and relaxing walking tour. Learn about:
- The Stark Mill paymaster who was called "a creature merely wearing the human form"
- The fate of a Mill Agent who called President Pierce a drunkard
- The disciplinarian schoolteacher who made warm friends and bitter enemies
- The doctor who lost his life treating the stricken during the cholera epidemic
The tour will begin at the cemetery chapel, visible from the Pine Street entrance.