September 1, 2017
In This Issue
Special Exhibit: Queen City Quilts

"Queen City Quilts" is an exhibition featuring some of the treasures of the Manchester Historic Association's textile collection.  The quilts in the collection span three centuries and are a unique vehicle for telling the stories of textile manufacturing in Manchester, the quilt makers as members of the workforce, and their communities.

One of the quilts featured is a friendship crazy quilt made by the Ladies of the First Congregational Church for Miss Mary Dana. Her role first as Parish Visitor and then as assistant to the pastor, made her a much loved and respected member of the church which is reflected in the quilt, purported to be made of fabrics from dresses worn by the ladies to functions at the church.  Many of the squares are initialed by the makers and lovingly embellished with fine needle work.  Other quilts include fabric scraps brought home by workers from the local mills, and one is of linen and wool likely grown, spun and woven here in the area. 

The exhibit will be on display through October 21
Announcing the 2017 Holiday Ornament!
The Manchester Historic Association is pleased to announce t his year's holiday ornament featuring the Amoskeag Millyard.   
The ornament pays tribute to the history of the Amoskeag Millyard, constructed by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company between 1838 and 1915, spanning both the east and west banks of the Merrimack River for more than a mile in the center of Manchester.  The ornament features the Jefferson Mill clock tower, one of the most prominent features of the Millyard, constructed in 1886.
Each year the Manchester Historic Association produces an original, limited edition brass-plated ornament that celebrates Manchester's history. These unique, detailed ornaments are handcrafted in the United States by the same company that makes the annual White House Holiday Ornament. They make perfect Christmas tree decorations or gifts for the holidays and for many other occasions.  Each comes in a decorative box.

These ornaments are available for $25.00 in the Millyard Museum Shop.  The 2017 ornaments, as well as a limited number of ornaments from past years, can also be purchased online.    
New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell
Saturday, September 16, 2017 
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 
Included with museum admission 
Quilts tell stories, and quilt history is full of myths and misinformation as well as heartwarming tales of service and tradition.  Pam Weeks weaves world history, women's history, industrial history, and just plain wonderful stories into her presentation.

Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification and/or story sharing.

Please RSVP to 603-622-7531, or e-mail 
Walking Tour of Pine Grove Cemetery
Saturday, September 23, 2017 
10:00 - noon 
$5 MHA members - $10 General Public     
Local historians Dick Duckoff and John Jordan will lead this tour through Manchester's only active municipal cemetery.  The cemetery was first developed in 1851.  Over the years the city made several additional land purchases, until the cemetery grew to around 275 acres. Many of Manchester's most prominent citizens were buried at Pine Grove.These include philanthropist Frank P. Carpenter, industrialist George A. Leighton, and 13 Manchester mayors.  Also buried there are some now forgotten people whose compelling stories will be retold. The cemetery includes beautiful monuments of many different designs such as the Ursula Chapel built in 1905, the City Mausoleum built in 1980, and 17 family mausoleums.   
The tour will begin at the Ursula Chapel. 
Pre-registration is required - Please RSVP to 603-622-7531, or e-mail 
Member Outing to American Independence Museum
Saturday, October 21, 2017  
9:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

$35 MHA members - $45 General Public  
Pre-registration is required no later than Ocotber 10th and space is limited!  Please call (603) 622-7531
Meet at the Millyard Museum 
Join us for an exclusive look at the American Independence Museum in Exeter, NH. Trip includes bus transportation to and from the museum with a tour of the Gilman-Ladd House and the Folsom Tavern, where General George Washington once ate breakfast! Lunch will be served in the historic tavern and is included with the trip. Guests will have time to walk around historic Exeter and visit the many shops and sites.   
Click here to register online.
Doctor's Orders Exhibit Video
The exhibit, Doctor's Orders: Public Health in Manchester, closed on July 8, but lives on through a video tour of the exhibit, led by MHA Executive Director John Clayton.   
Click here to watch, and a special thank you to Paul Cormier for filming and making the video.  
Centennial Celebration of 301 South Main Street
All are invited to a special celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the FaithBridge Church building (formerly South Main Street Church) at 301 South Main Street.   See details below: 

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

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129 Amherst Street
Manchester, NH 03101