June 19, 2018
In This Issue
New to the Research Center
  The Manchester Historic Association is pleased to add to its archives a large collection of burial transit permits from the 1880s to the early 1990s.  These permits, issued at different times from the City Registrar and the Manchester Board of Health, give authorization to funeral homes for the removal of bodies to cemeteries.  Information contained in the documents include date of death, cause of death, and age at death.  While most records are for burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, a small number of permits are for burial in the following cemeteries: Amoskeag, Merrill, Piscataquog, Valley, and West Manchester.  
The collection is organized by year of death, and available to researchers at the MHA's Research Center at 129 Amherst Street.  The Manchester Historic Association is grateful to the City of Manchester Cemetery Department for the donation of these records.  
USS Manchester Memorabilia in Millyard Museum Shop
To commemorate the commissioning of the U.S.S. Manchester - the U.S. Navy's newest combat ship - the Millyard Museum has a limited supply of crew caps, challenge coins and pint glasses available in the Museum Shop.  Get yours now!  Available in store, or call (603) 622-7531.
Book Signing: The White Mountain
Saturday, June 30, 2018
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  
Rediscovering Mount Washington's Hidden Culture
Over the course of one calendar year, journalist Dan Szczesny explored the history and mystique of New England's tallest mountain. In The White Mountain, Szczesny turns a veteran journalist's eye toward exploring Mount Washington's place in the collective consciousness of the country and how this rugged landscape has reflected back a timeless history of our obsession and passion for exploration and discovery.
Dan Szczesny is a long-time author and journalist living in New Hampshire. His books include travelogues on Nepal, Alaska, and the White Mountains. He is a Hemingway Foundation finalist for short fiction and has also written a collection of short stories and of poetry. He's traveled widely throughout the country speaking about adventure travel and the importance of getting kids into the outdoors.  
Join us for a short lecture by the author and book signing.  Books will be available for purchase in the Millyard Museum Shop.  Free and open to the public.  For more information please call the Manchester Historic Association at (603) 622-7531.
Book Talk and Meet the Author: Gail Downs, "The Black Suitcase Mystery - A World War II Remembrance"
Saturday July 7, 2018 
10:30 am - 11:30 am
"The Black Suitcase Mystery - A World War II Remembrance" by Gail Downs
This book tells the story of George Elliott Rich, who was separated from his mother in 1930 and was sent to New Hampshire to be raised by his paternal grandparents.  The only communication mother and son had for almost 13 years was through cards and letters. They finally saw each other in 1942 for just one short week.  Two months later, George was in the Army Air Corps where he was killed over German occupied Poland on his 50th mission.  
That young New Hampshire hero's life is chronicled in the letters his mother saved and stored in a small, battered, black suitcase which the author now possesses.  From 1991-1995, the black suitcase took Gail and fifth-grade students on an incredible journey!  What started in May of 1991, as a way to acquaint ten-year-old students with the basics of genealogy research, eventually developed into a four-year study.   The project received numerous awards and brought local, state, and national recognition.
Join us for a short lecture by the author.  Books will be available for purchase in the Millyard Museum Shop.  Free with admission to the Millyard Museum.  For more information please call the Manchester Historic Association at (603) 622-7531.
Walking Tour: Victorian North End
Saturday, July 21, 2018
10:00 a.m. - noon
$5 MHA 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 Dick Duckoff and Matt Labbe for a unique tour in the city's North End.
On Exhibit until June 30: Manchester's Masters
Manchester's Masters: The Artist's Perspective

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.
Don't miss your chance to see the exhibit:
Manchester's Masters: The Artists Perspective!
Manchester is known not only for its rich industrial history, but also for the amazing men and women that have resided in these city limits. Actors, inventors, athletes and business moguls have all become part of the tapestry that is Manchester.  Lesser known are Manchester's artists: talented, creative individuals with a story to tell. Immortalized by the masterpieces they left behind, each artist has told their story with watercolor, pencil or paint.

The Manchester Historic Association is proud to present, "Manchester's Masters: The Artist's Perspective", featuring the lives and works of Henry W. Herrick, Edward L. Custer, Lisa Anne Fletcher, Omer T. Lassonde and George C. Soule: artists who called Manchester home.

Watch the 26th Annual Historic Preservation Awards
Did you miss the Historic Preservation Awards this year?  Or do you want to watch the program again?  Thanks to Manchester Public Television, you can!  Click here for a video link.
Thank you once again to all of our sponsors. You can view the program book here and see photos from the event on our Facebook page.  

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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