November 24, 2015
In This Issue

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family  
from the Manchester Historic Association

Please note: 
The Millyard Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26  
The Research Center will be closed on Saturday, Nov. 28

Thank You!
With Thanksgiving season upon us, we at the Manchester Historic Association want to say how thankful we are for friends like you! Your support makes it possible for the MHA to operate the Millyard Museum and Amherst Street Research Center for the benefit of the public, maintain the important collection of artifacts, documents, books, and archaeological materials that has been entrusted to us for future generations.

Your support makes all of this possible. Help us continue to tell Manchester's story. In this season of giving, please consider a generous gift today to the MHA Annual Appeal Heritage Fund.  Click here or mail your gift to the Manchester Historic Association Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH 03101.

Holiday Open House
Saturday, December 5, 2015
10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
FREE Admission 

Guest appearance by Santa from 10:00-11:00!

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
- Check out the new Manchester Wall of Fame exhibit
- 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 "Weston Observatory" ornament 
- Members of the Manchester Historic Association receive an extra 10% discount this day only (at least 20% off all shop items).
- Visit with Santa from 10:00-11:00!

2015 Ornament: Weston Observatory

The MHA's 2015 collectible ornament has arrived!  This year's ornament features the Weston Observatory.

Each year the Manchester Historic Association produces an original limited edition brass-plated ornament that celebrates Manchester's history. These unique, detailed ornaments are handcrafted in the United States by the same company that makes the annual White House Holiday Ornament. They make perfect Christmas tree decorations or gifts for the holidays and for many other occasions.  Each comes in a decorative box.

These ornaments are available for $25.00 in the Millyard Museum Shop.  The 2015 ornaments, as well as a limited number of ornaments from past years, can also be purchased online.   
Coming Soon - NH Primary Exhibit

MHA staff are currently working on a new exhibit: Manchester, the Primary & the Presidency that will look at the role Manchester has played in the Presidential Primary through photographs and other memorabilia.  The exhibit is planned to open in mid-December.  Stay tuned for more details!
Lecture - The Richest Man You've Never Heard Of
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Presented by historian Ed Brouder
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

Alfred Quimby (1833-1918) was the 11th of 13 children born in Sandwich, NH.  As a young man, he moved to Lawrence, MA where he sold newspapers and periodicals. At the start of the Civil War he moved to Manchester and started a similar business at Hanover and Elm Streets, earning a small fortune.  Quimby eventually sold the newspaper business, turning to real estate.  When Albert died at the age of 85 his estate was estimated as much as a million dollars.  Not one penny went to his adopted city.  Instead, his will directed a trust be formed, and nearly a century later it still funds schools, police, fire and other civic improvements to his native community of Sandwich!

Help Save the Chandler House!

The historic Chandler House at 151 Walnut Street in Manchester has recently been named one of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance's Seven to Save list of endangered properties. 
Built by industrialist George Byron Chandler, the building was most
recently used as the St. Hedwig parish convent, and the interiors are among the finest in the state. The building needs to be moved and many would like it to stay in Manchester, if possible.   Buyers are ready to take on this project but there is a shortage of available building lots in quality Manchester locations, according to the broker handling the sale, meaning the house may leave the city and possibly even go out of state.
For more information, or if you know of a suitable location for sale, please contact the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance at or (603) 224-2281.  For more information on the Seven to Save, click here
Now Accepting Historic Preservation Award Nominations

The Historic Preservation Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2016 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 2016 Nomination Form.  
SAVE THE DATE!  The 24th Annual Historic Preservation Awards will be held Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Manchester Community College.

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