March 17, 2016
In This Issue
Now on Exhibit: "Manchester's Immigrants: Then and Now"

Patrick Shea and Family, 1917. Born in Kerry, Ireland, Patrick immigrated to the United States in 1888 at the age of 15, settling in Manchester.   
Image courtesy Pat Jarvi. 
The exhibit, "Manchester's Immigrants: Then and Now" is now on exhibit at the Manchester Historic Association's Millyard Museum. 

This exhibit showcases photographs documenting the lives of immigrants from all ethnic backgrounds, from the earliest Irish, French-Canadian and German mill workers to the more recent Bosnian, Sudanese and Bhutanese arrivals.

By juxtaposing extraordinary photos from the MHA's own collection with images of current refugees and immigrants as documented by photographer Becky Field, Manchester's historic role as a social and cultural melting pot will come into full focus.

This exhibit is sponsored in part by St. Mary's Bank and the Diversity Workforce Coalition and will be on display through May 7. 

Photo ID Day
Saturday, March 19, 2016
MHA Research Center - 129 Amherst Street

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Ever wonder just where that old photo of Manchester you found up in your attic was taken?  Or what decade that shot of Elm Street is from?  Bring your Manchester photos to our Research Center for our Photo ID Day and we'll help you identify them! We will have local historians and MHA staff on site to help nail down some of the details surrounding your photographic mysteries.   
Different Roots, Common Dreams
Lecture by Photographer Becky Field

Saturday, March 26, 2016
Millyard Museum

10:30 a.m.
Included with regular admission

On March 26, New Hampshire photographer Becky Field will talk about her project, "Different Roots, Common Dreams," at the Millyard Museum.  In 2012, after vicious graffiti was scrawled on the sides of four refugee homes in Concord, Becky embarked on a major photography project to illustrate and honor the lives and stories of recent immigrants.  With her ever-present camera, she has been invited to homes, workplaces and traditional ceremonies by families who have resettled in this state from about 50 countries of origin.  Her photography shows that, while we may be different in many ways, we all have the same dreams to have safe homes, jobs to support our families, bright futures for our children, and freedom to practice our cultural and religious traditions. Becky recently published a book, Different Roots, Common Dreams: New Hampshire's Cultural Diversity (Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2015) that features her photography, while also including firsthand stories by New Hampshire immigrants.  For more information on the book, visit   

You will also be able to view Becky's work on display in the new exhibit, "Manchester's Immigrants: Then and Now" in the State Theatre Gallery at the Millyard Museum.  

Manchester Historic Association Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at the Millyard Museum
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Richard McDonald of Manchester founded McDonald's with his brother Maurice

This year's Annual Meeting will feature a special talk from MHA Executive Director John Clayton: "Two all beef patties..." highlighting Manchester's role in McDonald's founding.

The event will begin with a short business meeting.  Light refreshments will be served. 

Please RSVP by calling (603) 622-7531 or by e-mail at
24th Annual Historic Preservation Awards

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