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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.

 

Family Day at the Millyard Museum

Saturday, February 21, 2015 

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Included with regular admission to the Millyard Museum
Free to members of the Manchester Historic Association
Children must be accompanied by an adult

Kick off school vacation with a trip to the Millyard Museum!  Come by and learn about the history of Manchester while enjoying some crafts and games!

Activities will include:
* Weaving
* Old fashioned games
* Scavenger hunts
* Children's books

Lecture - Manchester Public School Buildings 1785 to 2014

1977.115.001Saturday, March 14, 2015
10:30 a.m. - noon
Included with regular admission to the Millyard Museum
Free to members of the Manchester Historic Association
Pre-registration is requested - Please call (603) 622-7531

The Past and Present Education Backbone of the City of Manchester

Public education and the citizens of Manchester are two entities that have worked together for their mutual benefit since 1781.  This presentation by MHA Vice President Jeff Myrdek highlights the history of the public school buildings that have served the citizens of first Derryfield and later the City of Manchester.  The lecture is the result of extensive original research that was conducted to ensure that a record of the educational history was compiled and demonstrates the tremendous effort, cost and structure borne by the citizens, businesses and community to provide a level of public education in Manchester. Photos, drawings and maps will be presented and discussed with special emphasis on the lost school buildings of Manchester.

Saturday, March 14th is also AARP Day in the Millyard Museum!  AARP members receive a discount of $3 on admission to the museum (lecture included).  The museum is open from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Please remember to bring your current AARP card to be eligible for the discount. 

Book Signing and Lecture - STARK: The Life and Wars of John Stark

Saturday, April 11, 2015
10:30 a.m. - noon
Included with regular admission to the Millyard Museum; Free to MHA members 
Presented by authors John and Richard Polhemus
Pre-registration is requested - Please call (603) 622-7531

With his name connected to buildings, parks, and streets, John Stark, New Hampshire's greatest Revolutionary War hero, is a central figure in Manchester's history.  In their newly published book, STARK: The Life and Wars of John Stark, French and Indian War Ranger, Revolutionary War General, authors John and Richard Polhemus detail the role that John Stark played in both the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War.  Join the authors as they discuss John Stark's military legacy, and bring your copy of STARK for the authors to sign! Copies of the book will be available for purchase from the MHA gift shop for $21.95.

Open Doors Arts and Cultural Tour

opendoorsThursday, April 30, 2015
5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.    

FREE Admission 

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 and Arbor in the Millyard at Manchester Vineyard Community Church. 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).

For more information, please visit the Open Doors website.

23rd Annual Historic Preservation Awards

300 Bedford Street AFTERThursday, May 14, 2015

Awards Presentation 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, & dessert

Manchester Community College - 1066 Front Street, Manchester, NH

Honorary Chair - Arthur Sullivan, Principal, Brady Sullivan Properties

Keynote Speaker - Fritz Weatherbee

Master of Ceremonies - Ed Brouder, Trustee of the Manchester Historic Association, Historian and Educator

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. Join us for this special event! 

More information coming soon!

Sponsorship Flyer (PDF)

Sponsorship Form (PDF)

Walking Tour: Find Your Irish Roots

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Tour of St. Joseph Cemetery

Saturday, May 30, 2015
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 Sheridan Guard Memorial 

Join Manchester historians John Jordan and Gerald Holleran as they visit the grave sites of Manchester's pioneer Irish citizens at the Old St. Joseph's Cemetery on Donald Street. Hear stories from Manchester's Irish community about overcoming discrimination to become some of Manchester's leading citizens, their devotion to their adopted country, as well as other heartwarming tales!

Now on Exhibit - Weston Flag Returned to Manchester

Weston Observatory flag returns to Manchester!

Bicentennial Flag from Weston ObservatoryNow on display at the Millyard Museum is the American Bicentennial flag that briefly flew atop the Weston Observatory during the tower's restoration. Just before Thanksgiving, a package arrived in the mail of the Manchester Historic Association with a postmark of Searchlight, NV (south of Las Vegas). Inside was the neatly folded flag with an unsigned, typed note. The writer admitted having stolen the flag from atop Weston Observatory when it was under reconstruction. The writer admitted "I climbed the scaffolding one evening in late spring of 1976 and stole the flag" and points out he was "excoriated at the time in an editorial by William Loeb of the Manchester Union Leader."

The letter writer apologized and signed the letter "a flawed son of Manchester." The MHA is happy to report the return of the Bicentennial flag and will offer it a good home in our collection.

See WMUR's coverage of the story: http://www.wmur.com/news/flag-stolen-in-1976-returned-to-manchester/30083246

 

Watch the 2014 MHA Walking Tour Series

This year, Manchester historians John Jordan and Dick Duckoff conducted a series of historical walking tours for the Manchester Historic Association.  If you missed any of these fascinating programs, or would like to see them again, three of the tours were filmed and can be viewed by clicking on the links below.  Special thanks to Pam Manney for filming the tours.  Check back for information regarding next year's walking tours and other programs!

 

2000-500-172August 9, 2014 = Walking Tour of the Victorian North End

Travel the trail of the visionaries and the successful citizens of Manchester's Victorian era. See the elegant Straw mansion, the fairgrounds and trotting park, and the site of Webster General Hospital! 

 

 

1981.085.006September 20, 2014 = Walking Tour of 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.

 

 

  New Century NeighborhoodOctober 18, 2014 = Walking Tour of the New Century Neighborhood

Visit 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!

 

 

Family Day at the Millyard Museum

Saturday, February 21, 2015  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Included with regular admission to the Millyard MuseumFree to members of the Manchester...

Lecture - Manchester Public School Buildings 1785 to 2014

Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:30 a.m. - noon Included with regular admission to the Millyard Museum Free to members of the Manchester Historic Associati...

Book Signing and Lecture - STARK: The Life and Wars of John Stark

Saturday, April 11, 2015 10:30 a.m. - noon Included with regular admission to the Millyard Museum; Free to MHA members  Presented by authors John...

Open Doors Arts and Cultural Tour

Thursday, April 30, 2015 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.    FREE Admission Hop on the trolley and visit art galleries and museums in...

23rd Annual Historic Preservation Awards

Thursday, May 14, 2015 Awards Presentation 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, & dessertManchester Community College - 1066 Front...

Walking Tour: Find Your Irish Roots

Tour of St. Joseph Cemetery Saturday, May 30, 2015 10:00 a.m.- noon $5 Manchester Historic Association members - $10 General Public Pre-registration...