August 9, 2019
In This Issue
A Mid-Summer Night's Cemetery Tour
Thursday, August 15, 2019
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Pine Grove Cemetery
$10 Manchester Historic Association members  
$15 General Public  
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited!  
The "Mid-Summer Night's Cemetery Tour" in conjunction with the Majestic Theatre is less than a week away! Mark your calendar for next Thursday, Aug. 15 from 5:30 -7:30 at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester.   
At this interactive evening tour, live actors will engage guests in the telling of first person accounts of some of Manchester's most prominent citizens, as portrayed by some of the Majestic Theatre's finest actors, 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. 
To RSVP, please call (603) 622-7531 or e-mail at h
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 founder 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 side -- directly behind FaithBridge Church (formerly South Main Street Church).    
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.
Please RSVP to or call (603) 622-7531.
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. 
To RSVP, please call (603) 622-7531 or e-mail at h
Meet at the Millyard Museum  
Newspaper Archive Room at MHA Research Center
The Manchester Historic Association is pleased to announce that a newspaper archive room has been established at the Amherst Street Research Center.  This room will house a collection of over 300 bound volumes of historic Manchester newspapers, including the Manchester Union, Evening Union, and Manchester Leader, many of which were recently donated to the MHA by the NH Union Leader.  The room features newly installed archive shelving, funded through a generous grant from the Norwin S. and Elizabeth N. Bean Foundation.  The MHA is grateful to both the New Hampshire Union Leader and Bean Foundation for making this important historical resource possible.    

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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