September 6, 2019
In This Issue
Walking Tour: The 'Squog Cemetery
Saturday, September 14, 2019
10:00 a.m. - noon
$5 Manchester Historic Association members  
$10 General Public  
Pre-registration is required.   
Local historians Richard Duckoff and Matt Labbe will present their tour of the historic Piscataquog Cemetery, located on Bowman and Milford Streets at the intersection of South Main Street, behind the FaithBridge Church.  Originally a private cemetery, Piscatquog is a one acre cemetery acquired by the City of Manchester in 1915. Burials date back as early as the 1820s.  Individuals buried at the cemetery include George McGuire, known as the "Father" of Labor Day, Grace Holbrook Blood, author of Manchester on the Merrimack,  and education reformer Francis Wayland Parker. 
To RSVP, please call (603) 622-7531 or e-mail at h
Meet at entrance on Milford Street -- directly behind FaithBridge Church (formerly South Main Street Church).    
Please park in lot behind TD Bank on South Main Street (293 S. Main Street) 
Book Signing and Talk: Manchester's Shoe Industry
Thursday, September 19, 2019
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. - Millyard Museum
FREE Admission 
Join authors Kelly Kilcrease and Yvette Lazdowski for a talk and book signing on their new book: Manchester's Shoe Industry.   
Famous for its dominance in textile production, Manchester was also affectionately called "Shoe City." More than seventy different shoe companies once called Manchester home, and thousands of area
residents worked tirelessly to produce some of the best-known shoes in America and throughout the world. The largest manufacturers were the F.M. Hoyt Shoe Company, maker of Beacon Shoes, and the granddaddy of them all, the McElwain Company, known for its popular brands, including the iconic Thom McAn shoes. Authors Kelly Kilcrease and Yvette Lazdowski reveal how these and other Manchester-based shoe shops were vital to the area's economic and employment prosperity, especially among the immigrant population, as well as how the McElwain Company was an integral part of the Melville Corporation, known today as CVS.
Please RSVP to or call (603) 622-7531.
Exhibit Opening: Manchester and the Path to the Presidency
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Millyard Museum

The exhibit, Manchester and the Path to the Presidency will be unveiled at the Millyard Museum on Wednesday evening, October 2.
Every four years, Manchester is visited by numerous presidential candidates, campaigning in the New Hampshire Primary.  Once again, the Millyard Museum will be showcasing the history of this process through images of candidates through the years as they engaged with Manchester voters in their homes, on the streets and in the many iconic watering holes that are the lifeblood of so many campaigns.
Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, you're certain to see some of your favorite candidates - Kennedy, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Bush, Obama - as they meet with your friends and neighbors in their quest to win election to our nation's highest office. We believe Manchester is the crucible of the Presidential Primary process in New Hampshire, and with this exhibit, we demonstrate our pivotal role in American political history.
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Walking Tour of the Amoskeag Millyard
Saturday, October 5, 2019
10:00 a.m. - noon
$5 Manchester Historic  Association members  
$10 General Public  
Pre-registration is required.   
Join MHA Executive Director John Clayton on a visual history tour of the Amoskeag Millyard. Home to the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company from 1831-1936, this mile of brick mill buildings housed the behemoth of American industry. 
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Meet at the Millyard Museum  
Weston Observatory Weekend
October 12 & 13, 2019
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, 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 will be 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.
Watch A Mid-Summer Night's Cemetery Tour
If you missed last month's walking tour of Pine Grove Cemetery, featuring actors and actresses from the Majestic Theater, you can watch it here, courtesy of Manchester Public Television. 
This interactive evening tour featured live actors engaging guests in the telling of first person accounts of some of Manchester's most prominent citizens, including philanthropist Frank P. Carpenter, Broadway star Betty George, Amoskeag Steam Fire Engine Inventor Nehemiah Bean, Gov. James Weston, and Civil War surgeon Esther Hill Hawks.
Historic Preservation Award Nominations
The Historic Preservation Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2020 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 27 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 2020 Nomination Form.  
The 28th Annual Historic Preservation Awards will be held on May 12, 2020.   

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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