Manchester Historical Society
Manchester quiz. Can you answer these questions?
The image on the right appeared in a newspaper published in Manchester. Which newspaper? Extra credit: Approximately what year?
Hint: This specialty newspaper focused on a Manchester business. Extra hint: Two editions of this newspaper are on our website.
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Bill Green's Tire and Repair Shop on Spruce Street. For a larger view: Bill Green article on our website.
Volunteers needed!
Help us paint at the The History Center, 175 Pine Street.
Ed Burzawa invites you to a painting party on Tuesday, August 24 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Ed says, "We will be painting in the second room of the History Center, our new exhibit space. All skill levels and abilities are welcome. RSVP to me at 860-306-8894. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Thank you in advance."
Our open house schedule.
Sunday, August 22. Woodbridge Farmstead, the Town Historian will present "Summer in Manchester's Past," at 12:30. Vintage summer music by Sandra Johnson and Dan Thompson. The open house, with tours of the barn and gardens, is from noon to 2:00 p.m. Woodbridge committee chair Peggy Newton says, "We welcome you to visit, noon to 2:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the summer months. Fun and games always on our schedule. Work on our new barn is supposed to start in August, so you can check it out 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.

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.

Sunday, September 12. Cheney Homestead open the second Sunday of the month, 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.
45 years ago in the Manchester Herald
Tidbits from the Friday, August 13, 1976 edition of The Herald. Summer fun in Manchester at that time included "SAM," (Summer Activities in Manchester). There were concerts, but the Bicentennial Band shell was still in the process of being built.

Peruse the entire 8/13/1976 edition here.
Browse all The Heralds here.
August 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
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.
New: online class: Value Compression in Still Life, August 20, 21, and 22, taught by Tyler Berry
Pictured on right, art studio, 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, although this part of the building dates to the early 20th century.
Counting down to Manchester's 200th anniversary year, which begins January 1, 2023: 506 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.
Answers to questions above

This was a difficult quiz, right? The image of Case Pond appeared in Volume 1, Number 2 of the Tonica Springs Record, published on behalf of Tonica Springs water, a business located in the Highland Park section of Manchester. This edition is dated 1891. You can also read The Highland News on our website.
Tonica water, according to the testimonials in the newspaper, cured kidney trouble, dyspepsia, indigestion, and "all forms of malaria and female weaknesses."
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. .