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For advanced registration, please contact the Millyard Museum at (603) 622-7531, or by mail at 200 Bedford Street, Suite 103, Manchester, NH 03101. Or, drop by the reception desk at either the Millyard Museum or the Research Center during open hours. You may also register by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note that credit card payments cannot be accepted via e-mail, but may be made over the telephone at (603) 622-7531.

 

Walking Tour: Pine Grove Cemetery

1981.085.006Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:00 a.m.- noon

$5 Manchester Historic Association members - $10 General Public
Pre-registration is required - Please call (603) 622-7531

Meet at the Chapel at Pine Grove Cemetery

Pine Grove Cemetery's 275 acres is the final resting place
for many of Manchester's citizens -- the prominent, the
notorious and the unsung heroes. Hear John Jordan and
Dick Duckoff tell the many fascinating stories of the city's people, the history of the cemetery and the memorial art that it contains.

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live

Museum Day LogoSaturday, September 27, 2014
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Free admission to the Millyard Museum for two with a ticket downloaded from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/

The Millyard Museum will offer free admission (with a Museum Day ticket) along with over 1,500 other participating museums and cultural institutions across the United States as part of the 10th annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will be admitted free to the Millyard Museum and any other participating venues.

 

Weston Observatory Foliage Viewing

Color image Weston ObservatoryOctober 4-5 and October 11-12, 2014  
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

$10 per person or $25 per family.  

Limited parking will be available in front of the Weston Observatory off of Oak Hill Ave. 

Enjoy a rare 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. 

Walking Tour: New Century Neighborhood

Saturday, October 18, 2014
10:00 a.m.- noon

$5 Manchester Historic Association members - $10 General Public
Pre-registration is required - Please call (603) 622-7531
 
Meet at the parking lot of the Brookside Congregational Church, corner of Elm and Clarke Streets. 

New Century NeighborhoodVisit the neighborhood of Manchester's movers and shakers when the new century dawned in the early 1900s. Learn about the amazing mansions of North River Road, and a controversial dump! Join local historians John Jordan and Dick Duckoff for a unique tour in the city's North End.

 

 

 

New to the Museum - Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine

Come and see the Ashland No. 1 Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine!
Part of the permanent exhibit, Woven in Time, included with regular admission

Ashland 1 in MuseumA unique piece of technology manufactured in Manchester 143 years ago has returned to the city as the Ashland No. 1 horse-drawn Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine moved to a permanent home at the Millyard Museum at 200 Bedford Street. 

Under the direction of visionary engineer Nehemiah Bean, the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company's machine shop built more than 850 steam fire engines between 1859 and 1913. In July 1871 the Town of Ashland, Massachusetts bought the 369th unit from the Amoskeag Company, renaming it Ashland No. 1. The third size, single harp-tank engine faithfully served the people of Ashland for approximately 50 years. Amoskeag steam fire engines were renowned for their fine mechanical design and were hailed as the most powerful engines of their day. They played major roles in bringing the Great Boston Fire of 1872 under control and saving the Old South Meeting House from the flames.  Rescued from a scrap yard in the 1940s, Ashland No. 1 was carefully restored and cared for by a succession of owners, including the NH Insurance Company and the City of Manchester before being donated to the Manchester Historic Association in 2013.

A very special thank you goes to Louis P. Cote Riggers of Goffstown for donating their services to transport the engine and deliver it to the Museum. An exhibit will be built around the engine over the next few months. Stay tuned for more updates on the engine and come and see the Ashland in its new home - right down the street from where it was built! 

Holiday Open House 2014

Holiday Open House at the Millyard Museum

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Saturday, December 6, 2014
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
FREE Admission  

Enjoy time spent with your neighbors, family and friends on this special day of shopping and fun family activities in the Millyard Museum.

 

- Children's Holiday crafts
- Holiday storytelling
- See historical exhibits spanning Manchester's history from the Paleo-Indians to the present, including the Ashland No. 1 Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine
- Enter raffles to win great prizes!
- Play old-fashioned board games and win free prizes by completing an educational Gallery Hunt
- Enjoy cookies and cider
- Shop for the holidays in the Museum Shop, featuring historical books, stocking stuffers, and unique collectible brass ornaments including the new "Carpenter Memorial Library" 
- Members of the Manchester Historic Association receive an extra 10% discount this day only (at least 20% off all shop items).
- Additional sales on select items and special gift membership packages available.
 


Park at the Millyard Museum and walk up to Elm Street to view the Intown Manchester Christmas Parade which starts at 4:00 p.m.

Now Accepting Historic Preservation Award Nominations

MHALOGOcolorThe Historic Preservation Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Historic Preservation Awards. 

The Historic Preservation Awards program recognizes and supports the efforts of individuals, businesses, and organizations who have made significant contributions to the preservation of buildings, neighborhoods, and other historic resources in the city.

If you are interested in nominating a person, organization or business for a Historic Preservation Award, please complete the HPA 2015 Nomination Form

Walking Tour: Pine Grove Cemetery

Saturday, September 20, 2014 10:00 a.m.- noon$5 Manchester Historic Association members - $10 General Public Pre-registration is required - Please cal...

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live

Saturday, September 27, 2014 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.Free admission to the Millyard Museum for two with a ticket downloaded from http://www.smithsonianmag...

Weston Observatory Foliage Viewing

October 4-5 and October 11-12, 2014  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. $10 per person or $25 per family.   Limited parking will be available in fr...

Walking Tour: New Century Neighborhood

Saturday, October 18, 2014 10:00 a.m.- noon $5 Manchester Historic Association members - $10 General Public Pre-registration is required - Please call...

New to the Museum - Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine

Come and see the Ashland No. 1 Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine!Part of the permanent exhibit, Woven in Time, included with regular admission A unique piece...

Holiday Open House 2014

Holiday Open House at the Millyard Museum Saturday, December 6, 2014 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. FREE Admission  Enjoy time spent with your neighbors, f...