Manchester Historical Society
Manchester quiz. Can you answer these questions?

What product are these paragraphs describing? Where were these paragraphs published? About what year?
Hints: • If you have been reading this e-newsletter for a while, cast your mind back! • The publication is on our website.
Extra credit: What is Bright's disease?

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Click the image on the left to try the puzzle.
The summer cabin at Upper Case Pond, c. 1918 photo by John Knoll. For a larger view: Cabin and pond.
You are invited
Click the invitation on the right for a larger view.
The Manchester Sculpture Project is raising funds for the Miss Elisabeth Bennet statue, which will be located at Bennet Academy. All welcome to this outdoor event in Coventry.
Our open house schedule.
Saturday, September 4. Old Manchester Museum is open the first Saturday of the month, 10:00 to 2:00, hosted by Bob Kanehl and Art Pongratz, who can help you with some research, using our collection of town directories. Located at 126 Cedar Street, the former schoolhouse's exhibits include copies of old maps, examples of Cheney silk, Pitkin glass, Spencer rifles, Case water-bottling works items. Museum open May to December. There is a small museum store with local history items: books, maps, Pitkin jewelry items, etc.

SPECIAL ART program on Sunday, September 12. Woodbridge Farmstead -- Members of the Manchester Art Association will set up their easels to paint scenes of our property. Some art work will be available for sale. Assakita Farm will bring baby animals for a small petting zoo. Tour our 250-year-old barn. There's ongoing work reconstructing the Edward Street barn on our grounds, so check out our progress as we build our new welcome center and museum display area. The Farmstead is located at 495 East Middle Turnpike. Park on the street or at the nearby Senior Center. The open house, with tours of the barn and gardens, is from noon to 2:00 p.m.

SPECIAL "SUMMERTIME" PRESENTATION on Sunday, September 12. Cheney Homestead -- the Town Historian will present historical tidbits from Manchester's summertimes, along with vintage summer music by Sandra Johnson and Dan Thompson at 1:30 p.m.The Homestead is open the second Sunday of the month, from 1:00 to 4:00, hosted by Peter Millett and the Homestead committee. The 1785 Homestead & Keeney Schoolhouse are located at 106 Hartford Road. Tour the house and gardens. Free, donations welcome.

The History Center is still under construction, but the museum store and offices are open Tuesday through Friday 10:00 to 2:00. The center is located in the former Cheney machine shop, 175 Pine Street.
80 years ago in the Manchester Herald
Tidbits from September 1941. • Green Kettle Inn on Deming Street, and barbershops open Wednesday (usually closed Wednesdays, but the Monday was Labor Day, when most businesses were closed), and • President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressing the nation: "In a Labor Day address...'We must do our full part' in conquering 'forces of insane violence' let loose by Adolf Hitler." This was three months before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Peruse the entire 9/2/1941 edition here.
Browse all The Heralds here.
September TV show airs at noon and 8:00 p.m. Saturdays throughout this month --"Growing up Around Highland Park,” a 55-minute television show of a conversation among old friends who roamed the woods and ponds of the Highland Park section of Manchester in the 1960s and 1970s, before the construction of I-384. Mason Thrall, Wes Vancour, and Ken Russell reminisce about fishing, swimming, and occasionally getting into trouble. The show airs at 12:00 noon and 8:00 p.m. on Cox cable channel 15 on Saturdays, and runs on all the Saturdays of the month. The show changes each month. This Channel 15 broadcasts in Manchester, Glastonbury, South Windsor, Wethersfield, Rocky Hill, and Newington. The television show is produced by Susan Barlow, directed by Kathryn Wilson, researched by Jill Gelinas, all volunteers of the Manchester Historical Society. You can watch this month's show right on your computer through the Public Access website: "Growing Up Around Highland Park." You can watch some of our previous shows by selecting "Manchester Program Schedule" (the second tab) on the local Public Access website and on the next screen, type Historical into the search box.
Unfortunately, during the pandemic, the cable TV studio and equipment are unavailable, so we will not be able to make new TV shows for a while.
Find us on Facebook!
For frequent photos and tidbits, check out our Facebook page.
Art classes
New for kids during September: "Art of Ancient Egypt." Click the image on the right for more info. Ongoing and new offerings. Info: art classes at the History Center. Questions may be directed to Trudy Mitchell. ONGOING: Classical Drawing -- "Learn the art and science of accurate drawing based on traditional 19th-century methods." Six-week sessions on Saturdays from 9:30-12:30.
The art studio is located in the lower level of History Center, a 42,000-square-foot building that used to be the Cheney Machine Shop, and is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The Center was built beginning in 1895.
Counting down to Manchester's 200th anniversary year, which begins January 1, 2023: 485 days.
The Manchester Historical Society is planning exciting activities for the Town's year-long bicentennial celebration. Check out the activities of the 1923 celebration, documented in this booklet on our website.
Today in Connecticut history
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Answers to questions above
The paragraphs, published in the May 1890 Highland News describe Tonica Water, bottled in the Case Mountain section of Manchester. Bright's disease, now known as
Glomerulonephritis, is inflammation of the glomeruli -- structures in the kidneys made up of tiny blood vessels.
To see more editions of the Highland News, click here.
High school yearbooks
Enjoy the large collection of Somanhis (South Manchester High School) yearbooks on our website. In addition to photos of the graduating seniors, these books have ads for local businesses, photos of school activities, and sometimes poetry and prose by the students. Thanking our volunteers, especially Bob Gauthier, Noreen Cullen, Jim Hall, Joshua Pruden, Dick Jenkins, Susan Barlow.
Membership for yourself or --
Consider a gift membership for a friend or loved one. Why join a local historical society, even if you don't live in that town? Some reasons: • support education about the history of the town • support preservation of artifacts and vintage photos • join in advocating for preservation of historic buildings and parks that make Manchester charming.
Print this online donation form and mail to 175 Pine Street. Or drop by the History Center, Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:00 to 2:00. Direct questions to 860-647-9983.
Additional ways to donate: Employer matching gifts! Direct United Way donations to the Society. Sign in to Amazon via Amazon Smile and have a percentage of your purchases go to the Society. .