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MHA Historic Preservation Awards

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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.

 

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During this time of adjustments to our schedules and routines, many parents are put into the role of teacher. Although the museum is temporarily closed, the  MHA would like to offer free resources for parents to share with their children to learn a little Manchester history. We will be posting a new activity every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  You will be able to access all worksheets here on our website and through our Facebook page.

 

Mattie Knight Worksheet
Levi Strauss Worksheet
Abraham Lincoln Worksheet
Ezekiel Straw Worksheet
Abenaki Worksheet
Passaconaway Worksheet
John Stark Worksheet

 Thank you and stay well,

Kristy Ellsworth

Museum Educator 
Manchester Historic Association

 

 

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In support of public health efforts to limit the spread of the Coronavirus/COVID-19, and in compliance with New Hampshire’s stay-at-home order, the Manchester Historic Association remains closed to the public through May 4.  This closure includes both the Millyard Museum and Amherst Street Research Center.  All events and programs during that time will be rescheduled. A decision on rescheduling later events, including the Historic Preservation Awards, will be made in the coming weeks.
 
We look forward to resuming our normal hours of operation and will continue to follow the guidance and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the NH Department of Health and Human Services (NH DHHS). 
 
Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions and concerns. Call 625-6431 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We thank you for your support and patience and look forward to welcoming you back when we reopen!

Thank you,

Trustees and Staff
Manchester Historic Association

 

Manchester’s Urban Ponds: Past, Present, and Future

DATE TO BE RESCHEDULED
Millyard Museum

artist exhibit graphicNote: This year's Annual Meeting will be combined with the Manchester's Urban Ponds Exhibit Opening.  We will be announcing a new date for this event in the coming weeks. 

This year’s Annual Meeting will begin with the business meeting of the Manchester Historic Association and will be followed by the opening of a new exhibit about both the history and future of Manchester's ponds.

Although ponds may not be the first thing one thinks about in Manchester, the Queen City has several ponds that have played an important role in the area’s history.  More recently, the Manchester Urban Ponds Restoration Program, established in 2000, has led cleanup efforts to help return the city’s ponds to their historic uses. This exhibit looks at the history of several of Manchester’s urban ponds, including Crystal Lake, Dorrs Pond, Maxwell Pond, Nutts Pond, Pine Island Pond, and Stevens Pond and celebrates the accomplishments of the Urban Ponds Restoration Program over the last 20 years. 

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To attend the exhibit opening, please RSVP to (603) 622-7531, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Manchester's Urban Ponds: Past, Present, and Future" will be on display in the Millyard Museum's State Theater Gallery through August 1.
 

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Saint Anselm College
(Dana Center & Davison Hall)

Note: It was originally announced that this event would be held on May 12, 2020.  We are working with Saint Anselm College to reschedule and will be announcing a new date in the coming weeks. 

Join us for an evening of networking and celebration of Manchester's history! 

5:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception with hors d'oeuvres at Davison Hall
6:15 p.m. - Awards Ceremony at the Dana Center
Followed by desserts in Davison Hall

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, traditions and other historic resources in the Queen City.

Over 27 years, more than 230 recipients have been recognized for a wide variety of preservation efforts in 40 different categories. The annual event has become the MHA’s single largest fundraiser to support its non-profit mission of collecting, preserving and sharing the history of Manchester.

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Please join us one Wednesday each month at 10:30 a.m. for a guided group tour at the Millyard Museum. Each 45-minute tour will cover a specific topic from Manchester’s rich history. Each tour will include time for questions with your tour guide. Museum admission is included with tour; please feel free to visit the entire Millyard Museum at your leisure.

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AARP Members $3
General Public $8

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“John Stark’s Derryfield: Manchester and the American Revolution”
The story of the city of Manchester started in the 1720s when the first European settlers came to the area – these were the Scots-Irish and the English. During the 1740s English settlers came to the area and in 1751 incorporated it as the town of Derryfield. Among its residents, John Stark, who became New Hampshire’s greatest hero of the Revolutionary War. He gained recognition for his coolness during the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, and in 1777 led the New England troops to victory at the Battle of Bennington against General Johnny Burgoyne’s Hessian Troops. After the war, Stark retired to his Derryfield home, enjoying the role of honored patriarch to his large and prosperous family. He was active in local affairs, hosting town meetings at his house and helping to build the local schoolhouse.

Wednesday May 13, 2020  10:30 a.m.
“Industrious Manchester: The Rise and Fall of Amoskeag”
The Amoskeag Millyard is a monument to New England’s manufacturing heritage. The size and scale of the millyard was unprecedented in the United States. Many thousands of people worked at the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. At its peak just before WWI, the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company employed more than 17,000 workers -- well over half of the city’s work force. The closing of the Amoskeag mills in 1935 was a major blow to the city, from which it took years to recover. However, local business leaders had some success attracting small industries to the millyard. By the 1950s, more than 125 small businesses were operating out of the millyard, thanks to the efforts of Amoskeag Industries. Specialty textile operations, such as Pandora, Chicopee Mills and Waumbec also had facilities.

Wednesday June 10, 2020  10:30 a.m.
“Muster Up! A history of Firefighting in Manchester”
On September 15, 1859, Manchester hosted a firemen’s muster that featured contests among volunteer fire brigades. The Torrent No. 5, now situated in the Millyard Museum, participated in the contest. Fireman competed for titles, glory and jobs. They reveled in the evening and competed during the day, until the Steam powered fire engine changed the industry forever.

History at Home

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28th Annual Historic Preservation Awards

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Manchester Historic Association Closure

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2020 Annual Meeting & Exhibit Opening: Manchester's Urban Ponds

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Mini Gallery Tours of Millyard Museum

Please join us one Wednesday each month at 10:30 a.m. for a guided group tour at the Millyard Museum. Each 45-minute tour will cover a specific topic...