September 17, 2018
In This Issue
Exhibit Opening: Manchester and the Great War
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
5:00-7:00 p.m. 
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War I, the Manchester Historic Association is presenting the exhibit "Manchester and the Great War".  This exhibit will take an in-depth look at the ways Manchester was affected by World War I.  Join us as we open this exhibit on Wednesday, September 19.      
Please RSVP to (603) 622-7531, or e-mail
If you are unable to join us for the opening, "Manchester and the Great War" will be on display in the Millyard Museum's State Theater Gallery through December 31. 
Announcing the 2018 Holiday Ornament!
The Manchester Historic Association is pleased to announce this year's holiday ornament featuring the World War I Monument in Victory Park.    
The ornament commemorates the
100th anniversary of the end of World War I, featuring the World War I or "Winged Victory" monument in Victory Park, designed by local sculptor Lucien Gosselin and erected in 1929.    
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 as well as at the Manchester City Library.  The 2018 ornaments, as well as a limited number of ornaments from past years, can also be purchased online.   
Weston Observatory Foliage Viewing
One Weekend Only!  
October 20 & 21, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$7 per person or $20 per family 
$5 per person for MHA members   
We are back this year with another opportunity to climb to the top of the Weston Observatory! Located behind Derryfield Park, the Weston Observatory was built in 1896 in honor of James Adams Weston, a former Mayor of Manchester and Governor of New Hampshire.  The tower stands 66 feet tall, giving an exquisite view of Manchester and the surrounding areas from its observation deck.  Normally closed to the public, the Weston Observatory will be open for just one weekend in October during foliage season.  Picnic tables will be available, so bring a lunch and come enjoy the beautiful fall foliage while experiencing one of Manchester's best kept secrets! 
Please note that the Observatory is not accessible for people in wheelchairs or who have walking disabilities.   
Walking tours of the area conducted at 1:00 each day. 
Cost for walking tour is included with your admission to the tower.  The cost for the walking tour only is $5 per person.
Parking will be available in front of the Weston Observatory off of Oak Hill Ave.
Walking Tour: Mount Calvary Cemetery
Saturday, September 22, 2018
10:00 a.m. - noon
$5 MHA members - $10 General Public  
Pre-registration is required - Please call (603) 622-7531 
Visit Mt. Calvary Cemetery with Dick Duckoff and Matt Labbe to hear the stories of local Franco-American pioneers from all walks of life.  Learn about luminaries such as sculptor Lucien Gosselin, photographer Ulric Bourgeois, baker Amie Normand, zoo owner Leandre Charbonneau, dentist Nazaire Biron, credit union founder Joseph Boivin and so many, many more.  
Meet at the Mausoleum/Office parking lot on Goffstown Rd, opposite the cemetery.
Millyard Museum Open House and Beer & Wine Tasting
World War I Movie Series
Saturday, October 27, November 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2018
1:00 p.m.  
Millyard Museum Discovery Gallery 
Included with regular admission 
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I and in conjunction with the Millyard Museum exhibit "Manchester and the Great War", the Manchester Historic Association will be showing a series of WWI films on Saturdays from October 27 to November 24.    
October 27:  Sergeant York (1941) 
November 3: War Horse (2011)
November 10:  Paths of Glory (1957)  
November 17:  The Lost Battalion (2001)
November 24:  All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) 
New to the Collection
The Manchester Historic Association recently added an interesting and unusual object to its collection - an Amoskeag Manufacturing Company private telephone.  The telephone, c. 1915, was designed for internal use at the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. It features the "AMC" logo along with the instruction: "Does Not Connect With Bell Telephone System."  The telephone is a gift of the family of Arthur Kenison.  The Manchester Historic Association is grateful for their generosity.  The phone can be seen on display at the Millyard Museum. 
Now Accepting Historic Preservation Award Nominations
The Historic Preservation Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2019 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.
If you are interested in nominating a person, organization or business for a Historic Preservation Award, please complete the HPA 2019 Nomination Form.  
The 27th Annual Historic Preservation Awards will be held on May 21, 2019 

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

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