February 23, 2017
In This Issue
Rally 'Round the Flag!

MHA Launches GoFundMe Effort to Restore Historic Flag 
The Manchester Historic Association is excited to announce the launch of a campaign to raise funds for the restoration and conservation of an important piece of American history in the museum's collection.  The piece is a unique American flag, featuring a hand-embroidered shield of George Washington sewn on the center of the flag.  The flag was made by First Lady Edith Roosevelt in 1903 for the W. W. Brown Camp, Manchester's chapter of the Sons of Veterans. 

With ties to George Washington, Teddy and Edith Roosevelt, a veterans organization, American flag history, and needlepoint, this artifact is a unique piece of American history that should be conserved, restored, and displayed for all to enjoy.  Your donation will help us achieve this goal.  All donors will receive an invitation to the unveiling of the flag when it is restored and put on display at the Millyard Museum.
Click here to visit the GoFundMe page and to learn more about the history of the flag and here to read an article about the flag in yesterday's New Hampshire Union Leader

Please help us spread the word!  
Exhibit Opening: Doctor's Orders - Public Health in Manchester
Save the Date: 25th Annual Historic Preservation Awards
Lecture: Textile Conservation
Saturday, March 11, 2017
11:00 a.m. - Millyard M useum 
Included with admission to the museum

Ever wonder how textiles are restored?  Join us as Camille Myers Breeze gives us some insight into the work of a Textile Conservator.  As the Director of Museum Textile Services in Andover, MA, Camille is internationally known for her work on a variety of textile items.  During her lecture, Camille will share general insight into her work as well as highlight the conservation efforts made over the last year to restore two items from the MHA collection.
Songs of Emigration: Storytelling Through Traditional Irish Music
Saturday, March 25, 2017 
1:00 p.m. - Millyard Museum 
FREE and open to the public 

Through traditional music Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki relays some of the adventures, misadventures, and emotions experienced by Irish emigrants.  The focus is on songs about leaving Ireland, sometimes focusing on the reasons for leaving (a man who is driven from his land by English persecution); sometimes revealing what happened upon arrival (an immigrant drafted into the Union army during the Civil War); and sometimes exploring the universal feeling of homesickness of a stranger in a strange land (a factory worker in London missing his home in County Clare).  The presenter discusses the historical context of these songs, interspersing their stories with tunes from Ireland that made their way into New England's musical repertoire, played on his fiddle or guitar.

Many thanks to New Hampshire Humanities for their generous sponsorship of this program!   

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 www.manchesterhistoric.org.

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129 Amherst Street
Manchester, NH 03101