April 23, 2019
In This Issue
2018 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report

The Manchester Historic Association's 2018 Annual Rep
ort is now available!  Please click on the above link to view or download the report.  

Copies of the Annual Report are also available at the front desks of the Millyard Museum and Research Center.  If you would like to receive a hard copy, please e-mail history@manchesterhistoric.org and we will be happy to mail one to you.
Now on Exhibit: Hats Off to Manchester
 In the Henry M. Fuller State Theatre Gallery in the Millyard Museum
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. - Included with museum admission 
Bowlers, Derbies, Fedoras, Oh My! Whatever style you prefer, hats have always played an important part in our lives. They cover our heads when it rains or snows, they signify a social group or profession we belong to, and most importantly, they complete an outfit.  

In the Exhibit "Hats Off to Manchester", the Manchester Historic Association digs deep into its collection to bring you a special collection of hats made, worn or bought in Manchester. Take a stroll down memory lane as we bring stories, photographs and of course hats from some of Elm Street's most beloved stores.  Come see hat boxes and display photos from Pariseau's, J.W. Hills, and M.A. Barton's just to name a few.
On exhibit through August 1, 2019. 
2019 Historic Preservation Awards
May 21, 2019
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Saint Anselm College   
The Manchester Historic Association is pleased to announce this year's recipients of the 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.
Click here to purchase tickets or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.  
Thank you to our Lead Sponsors:
Bob Montana: The Man Behind Archie and the City that Inspired Him
Saturday, May 4, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Millyard Museum
Included with Regular Admission   
The Millyard Museum will celebrate "Free Comic Book Day" on May 4 with a tribute to Central High School graduate Bob Montana, the creator of the world-renowned "Archie" comic strip.
The creator's daughter, Lynn Montana, will be at the Millyard Museum to tell her father's tale with a video presentation and a question and answer session beginning at 1 p.m. Sample's of Montana's original panels will also be on display.
In keeping with the spirit of "Free Comic Book Day," the Millyard Museum - in partnership with local vendor Double Midnight Comics - will be providing all visitors with free copies of "Archie" comic books. As the name implies, "Free Comic Book Day" is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books to anyone who comes into their shops.
Although the comics are free, a museum admission fee is required for Montana's presentation.
At its peak, the Archie comic strip -which began in 1949 - appeared in more than 700 newspapers and was the top-selling comic book for more than 60 years.
Montana's version of Archie - the typical American teenager - came equipped with an indelible cast of characters. His wacky band of merrymakers included Riverdale High School classmates Betty and Veronica, Jughead and Reggie, Moose and Big Ethel, and their preferred out-of-school hangout was Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe.
Please RSVP by calling (603) 622-7531 or by e-mail at history@manchesterhistoric.org.
Derryfield Old Home Day
Saturday, May 25, 2019  
97 Mammoth Road, Manchester, NH 
10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.  
Free Admission   
This event, part of the Nutfield 300th Celebration, is a celebration of Derryfield, the northwest portion of the Nutfield settlement.  The event will focus on the historic Huse House on Mammoth Road adjacent to the early Center Cemetery and site of the first meetinghouse.
In addition to the house tour, festivities will feature the Burlington Minutemen Company 1732 re-enactors, as well as a Concord Coach from the Abbott-Downing Historical Society.   
Click here for more information. 
Manchester Historic Association Elects New Trustees
The Manchester Historic Association is pleased to announce the election of five new trustees at the 124th Annual Meeting, held on April 16, 2019.   
Deborah Blondin
Manchester native Deborah Blondin is a Senior Vice President with Eastern Bank. Her previous
philanthropic activities include service on boards for Camp Carpenter, The United Way of Greater Manchester, New Horizons, and The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Nashua.
Eleanor Dahar
Eleanor Dahar practices law in Manchester at Victor W. Dahar, P.A.   She is a member and former President of the New Hampshire Bar Association, and has served on several boards, including Easter Seals of NH, Catholic Medical Center, the Palace Theatre, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NH, Manchester Police Athletic League.
Daniel Leach
Daniel Leach serves as First Vice President-Wealth Management at UBS Financial Services in Manchester. He currently sits on the Palace Theatre Advisory Board and previously served as President of the Webster House and the NH Performing Arts Center. He also served on the boards of the Salvation Army, Manchester YMCA, UNH 100 Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Selma Naccach-Hoff
Selma Naccach-Hoff is a Manchester native and long-time English teacher at Manchester High School Central, where she has served as advisor to the National English Honor Society and the Oracle, the school's literary arts magazine. She has also served on the boards of the Elliot Health System, the VNA, the Bean Foundation, and UNH Manchester, among others.
Stanley Spirou
Stan Spirou taught history at Manchester Central High School for 11 years, and he also coached the Little Green to a pair of Class L basketball championships. He became head basketball coach at then-New Hampshire College in 1985 and retired in 2018 as one of the most successful coaches in the history of NCAA Division II basketball. Spirou is a member of the Queen City Athletic Hall of Fame and the Manchester Boys and Girls Club Hall of Fame.

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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129 Amherst Street
Manchester, NH 03101