January 18, 2019
In This Issue
Stories of the Millyard
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Millyard Museum - FREE admission  
Millyard ViewWithin each brick room of Manchester's Millyard, there echoes a great story. Of entrepreneurism, ingenuity and leadership. Join us Jan. 22 at the Millyard Museum from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM for a listening session of these tales, along with a beer tasting with Great North Aleworks.
Ralph Sidore will share the rise of Pandora Industries, his family's business which settled in Manchester in 1940. Ralph's mother, May (Blum) Sidore Gruber was the CEO of Pandora and was once dubbed "the Mother of Modern Manchester."
At its peak, Pandora turned out 60,000 knitted sweaters a week, and the company played a key role in bringing Manchester back from the economic brink following the 1936 bankruptcy of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company.
 Sponsored by the Manchester Historic Association and the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.  Click here to register.  
Sponsorship Opportunities for 2019 Preservation Awards
Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 27th Annual Historic Preservation Awards.   
The Historic Preservation Awards program recognizes and supports the efforts of individuals, businesses and organizations who have made significant contributions to the preservation of buildings, neighborhoods, traditions and other historic resources in the Queen City.  

Over 26 years, more than 230 recipients have been recognized for a wide variety of preservation efforts in 40 different categories. The annual event has become the MHA's single largest fundraiser to support its non-profit mission of collecting, preserving and sharing the history of Manchester.
The 27th Annual Historic Preservation Awards will be held on May 21, 2019
Click here to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. 
Lecture and Movie: From Russia with Math
Saturday, January 26, 2019
11:00 a.m. - noon 
Millyard Museum    
Lecture: The Amoskeag Ledge
Saturday, February 9, 2019
11:00 a.m. - Millyard Museum  
Included with regular admission /FREE to MHA members  
As the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company's textile mills were being constructed along the Merrimack River, stone was needed to build the foundations of the massive buildings. In 1873 a quarry was opened atop Company Hill (also known as Oak Hill and still later as Derryfield Park). Tons of granite was dragged from the Amoskeag Ledge down Blodget Street by teams of oxen - until the day the quarry began filling with water from an underground spring. The Ledge began its second life as a popular 1920s swimming attraction, especially for a group of year-round swimmers known as the Brownies. Their exhibitions and daring dive routines attracted thousands of spectators. The Ledge also had a dark side - claiming at least ten victims in its 60-foot deep waters. Eventually the Ledge was donated to the City of Manchester but the swimming hole wasn't closed until 1983...largely because of Nora Kennard Jones who owned half of the land.  
Learn about the Ledge...remember the Brownies...and discover a powerful 20th century socialite in this illustrated talk by local historian and MHA President Ed Brouder.  
Book Signing: Spanning Time: New Hampshire's Covered Bridges
Saturday, March 2, 2019
11:00 a.m. - Millyard Museum  
Included with regular admission /FREE to MHA members  
Join us at the Millyard Museum for a book signing and talk by author Irene DuPont. 
Spanning Time: New Hampshire's Covered Bridges & The Old Man of the Mountain introduces the first complete photographic collection of New Hampshire covered bridges (1983-2017). The book also includes a history of The Old Man of the Mountain and some of the last photographs from the year before he fell in 2003. The covered bridge is an intrinsic part of our New England heritage. This unique "silver-print" photographic collection by Irene E. DuPont allows each individual structure to be admired in its natural setting.  
Irene E. DuPont received her B.A. from Notre Dame College, attended the Art Institute of Boston, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Hallmark Institute of Photography, and summer sessions at the Maine Photographic Workshop. She was a faculty member of the Nashua School District for thirty-five years and taught in both the public and private sectors. A talented and prolific artist, she has had numerous one-woman shows in New England.  
2019 Annual Meeting of the Manchester Historic Association
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Millyard Museum
FREE Admission   
This year's Annual Meeting will begin with the business meeting of the Manchester Historic Association and will be followed by a short talk by Kelly Kilcrease and Yvette Lazdowski, "The Shoe Industry in Manchester".   
Kilcrease and Lazdowski are professors at UNH Manchester and are writing a book on Manchester's shoe industry.  Light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP by calling (603) 622-7531 or by e-mail at history@manchesterhistoric.org.
2018-2019 Annual Appeal Campaign
The Manchester Historic Association is in the midst of our Annual Appeal drive.  Gifts to the Heritage Fund make it possible for the MHA to operate the Millyard Museum and Amherst Street Research Center,  provide educational programs to school groups in Manchester and beyond, continue to offer fresh new exhibits, and maintain the Association's important collection of artifacts and documents pertaining to Manchester's history.    
 In this season of giving, please consider giving to the MHA's Heritage Fund through our Annual Appeal.  Your support makes it possible to continue to tell Manchester's story through our exhibits and programs.  Click here or mail your gift to the Manchester Historic Association Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH 03101.  

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 Wednesdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.   


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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