MHA Announces New Executive Director
John Clayton to head Manchester Historic Association

Former columnist and author John Clayton has been hired as executive director of the Manchester Historic Association effective May 4. "We are incredibly fortunate that John's availability coincided with our needs, he is a perfect fit," said Matt Kfoury, CEO of Central Paper Products and MHA president. "He has been associated with our Millyard Museum for years and most of the research material for his newspaper columns are housed at our Research Center on Amherst Street. We are excited to have John on board and look forward to accomplishing the goals of our strategic plan."


MHA trustee Tony Matos, president of Altos, headed the selection committee. "John's street credibility and prominent public profile create outstanding synergy with MHA's mission of preserving the past while telling Manchester's story today," said Matos.


Clayton most recently served as vice president of communications with the New Hampshire Hospital Association. He previously spent 25 years as a reporter and columnist for the New Hampshire Union Leader, and the Queen City native is the author of seven books about Manchester and New Hampshire.


His most recent book, "Remembering Manchester; Towering Titans and Unsung Heroes," celebrates the history of the Queen City by focusing on individuals such as McDonald's founder Richard McDonald, "Peyton Place" author Grace Metalious and Revlon Cosmetics magnate Martin Revson.

Clayton's "In The City" column, which celebrated the history of Manchester, was a fixture on the front page of the Union Leader for more than 20 years and won numerous awards, including best local column from the New England Associated Press News Executives and "Best Local Author" from the readers of "New Hampshire" magazine.


Clayton was also the long-time host of "New Hampshire Crossroads" on New Hampshire Public Television, where he received an Emmy Award for his piece on the history of the Amoskeag Brownies and their swimming and diving exploits at the Amoskeag Ledge.


The Manchester Historic Association's 2014 Annual Report is now available!  Please click on the above link to view or download the report.  

Copies of the Annual Report are also available at the front desk of the Millyard Museum.  If you would like to receive a hard copy, please e-mail and we will be happy to mail one to you.

The Manchester Historic Association is an independent tax-exempt charitable 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit organization with the mission to collect, preserve and share the history of Manchester, New Hampshire USA. The Association operates the Millyard Museum and Research Center.   


The Millyard Museum is located at 200 Bedford Street in the historic Amoskeag Millyard. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Research Center is located at 129 Amherst Street in the Victory Park Historic District. The Research Center is open to the public on Saturdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and by appointment.  


Admission for both facilities is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (62 and over) and for college students, $4 for children 12-18, and free for children under 12. Group rates are available. Please call (603) 622-7531 for more information, or visit the website

Manchester Historic Association
129 Amherst Street
Manchester, NH 03101