August 24 2016
In This Issue
Paint Night at the Millyard Museum
Friday, September 16, 2016  
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
$35 per person

Get in touch with your inner artist!  Join us for wine, light refreshments, and good company as you paint the night away.  The MHA's own Kristy Ellsworth will lead you in painting your own rendering of a historic Elm Street scene in a fun, relaxed setting.  All canvases and supplies will be provided.
Space is limited.  Reserve your space by purchasing your tickets here or by calling 622-7531. 
Exhibit Opening - It's Showtime!
Monday, September 19, 2016  
5:30 p.m.  - 7:30 p.m.
Millyard Museum 
Join us for the opening of an exciting new exhibit entitled, "It's Showtime: A History of Manchester's Theatres."
This exhibit will showcase the Palace Theatre - which is beginning its second century as a cultural fixture in the city - as well as the many iconic theaters that live on in the memories of Manchester residents, such as the State, the Strand, the Lyric, the Modern, the Vitaphone, the Crown and so many others.
Extraordinary photos from the MHA's own collection will be complemented by artifacts, posters, costumes, memorabilia and mementoes from the Vaudeville and Burlesque era right through to the city's many motion picture palaces.

We do anticipate a large turnout for this event, so please RSVP to 603-622-7531, or e-mail

If you are unable to join us on September 19, please know that "It's Showtime: A History of Manchester's Theatres," will be on display in the Millyard Museum's State Theater Gallery through December 17. 
Walking Tour: The Victorian North End
Saturday, September 17, 2016  
10:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m. 
$5 Manchester Historic Association members - $10 General Public 
Pre-registration is required - Please call (603) 622-7531   
Meet at the Goodwin Funeral Home parking lot (607 Chestnut Street, corner of Harrison Street)  

Travel the trail of the visionaries and the successful citizens of Manchester's Victorian era. See the elegant Straw mansion, the fairgrounds and trotting park, and the site of Webster General Hospital! Join local historians John Jordan and Dick Duckoff for a unique tour in the city's North End.  
Weston Observatory Foliage Viewing
October 1-2 and October 8-9, 2016  
10:00 a.m.  - 4:00 p.m.

$7 per person or $20 per family
$5 per person for MHA members 

Walking tours of the area conducted at 1:00 each day.  Cost for walking tour is included with your admission to the tower.  The cost for the walking tour only is $5 per person.

Parking will be available in front of the Weston Observatory off of Oak Hill Ave.  
We are back this year with another opportunity to climb to the top of the Weston Observatory!  Located behind Derryfield Park, Weston Observatory was built in 1896 in honor of James Adams Weston, a former Mayor of Manchester and Governor of New Hampshire.  The tower stands 66 feet tall, giving an exquisite view of Manchester and the surrounding areas from its observation deck.  Normally closed to the public, the Weston Observatory will be open for two weekends in October during peak foliage season.  Picnic tables will be available, so bring a lunch and come enjoy the beautiful fall foliage while experiencing one of Manchester's best kept secrets! Please note that the Observatory is not accessible for people in wheelchairs or who have walking disabilities. 
Palace Theatre Lecture
Saturday, October 15, 2016 
10:30 a.m., Millyard Museum
Included with cost of admission 

Manchester's historic Palace Theatre recently completed its centennial celebration. In celebrating its centennial, the Palace Theatre chose to commission the development of a publication to be able to tell the magnificent story of the Palace Theatre from its ambitious beginning up to the present. The story of the Palace is a rich one filled with stories of concerts, live theatre, magic, vaudeville, comedy, acrobats, and much, much more. In the telling of the wondrous evolution of this unique theatre one can't escape the comparisons to the very blood lines of live theatre in America. 
The Palace Theatre is the only live theatre left standing in Manchester where once there were many. Its ability to survive and now thrive will entertain and amuse those who dare to peek behind the curtain!  Join Richard Hatin as he discusses the research and development of the Palace Theatre's Centennial Publication.
Night at the Museum
Friday, October 28, 2016 
7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Millyard Museum
$25 per person 

Join us for a Night at the Museum and MYPN's 12th Birthday!  On October 28th, the Manchester Historic Association and the Manchester Young Professionals Network will be joining together for this fun costume event held at the Millyard Museum. Guests can bid on silent auction prizes and meet costumed reenactors of Manchester's history.  This year we will also be celebrating MYPN's 12th birthday!  With food, live music, dancing, and adult beverages (this is a 21+ event), it is sure to be a fun evening.  All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the MHA.
To purchase tickets, click here or call 603-622-7531 or email
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Help us Collect, Preserve, and Share Manchester's History!

By joining the Manchester Historic Association you not only receive attractive benefits, but you also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting the Association's efforts to collect, preserve and share Manchester's rich history. Membership is the best way to stay in touch with people who care about the city's history, and who appreciate the importance of historical education.

To become a member of the Manchester Historic Association, visit our website:
To join over the phone, or if you have any questions, please call (603) 622-7531. You may also contact us by e-mail:

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

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