May 28, 2019
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2019 Historic Preservation Awards
Thank you to everyone who attended and sponsored this year's Historic Preservation Awards on May 21!
It was a great night and we once again congratulate this year's honorees:   
Paul Vanasse & Betsy Price - Homeowner's Award
The Labbe Family - Stewardship Award  
Hallsville School - City Landmark Award 
Manchester Public Television Services - Education Award
LeBlanc's True Value Hardware - Stewardship of a Family Business Award  
And a special thank you to all of our sponsors and to Matt Albuquerque who served as this year's Honorary Chair. 

Click here to view the program book.  Also, be sure to check out the photos from the event on our   Facebook page!  
LeBlanc's True Value Hardware receives the Stewardship of a Family Business Award.  Pictured are members of the LeBlanc Family, MHA Trustee Gail York, and Honorary Chair Matt Albuquerque. 
Book Signing: "Queen City Rails: Manchester's Railroads 1965 - 1990"
Saturday, June 1, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Millyard Museum
Included with Regular Admission   
Join us at the Millyard Museum for a book signing and talk by author Rick Kfoury.  The latest book from the Boston & Maine Railroad Historical Society, "Queen City Rails: Manchester's Railroads 1965 - 1990," tells the story of the railroads in and around Manchester in that crucial quarter-century, when Manchester was undergoing a transition from a gritty, industrial mill town to the modern city it is today.
Scores of rare photographs provide an in-depth look as the railroad went from an institution connected with daily life in Manchester to a modern curiosity for most. The presentation by author Rick Kfoury will feature information from the book as well as scores of photos, some of which did not end up in the book and have not been displayed publicly before.
The lecture and book signing are included with admission to the Millyard Museum.
To RSVP, please call (603) 622-7531 or e-mail at h
Book Signing and Author Talk: "Moxie!"
Saturday, June 8, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Millyard Museum
Included with Regular Admission   
The phrase "He's got a lot of moxie!" is taken to mean that one has nerve, vigor, and grit. Learn all about it when local author Merrill Lewis comes to the Millyard Museum on June 8 at 11 a.m. to discuss his new book, "Moxie!"
Other than native New Englanders, most Americans are generally quite unaware that Moxie is a bittersweet patent medicine turned soda pop.
This soda pop was originally called Moxie Nerve Food, which was guaranteed to cure nervous exhaustion and a host of associated ailments.
This book chronicles Moxie's rich history - it was first bottled in 1885 - and its brilliant marketing breakthroughs, as well as some corporate misfortunes and rebounds along the way.
The authors are card-carrying members of the New England Moxie Congress, including Dennis Sasseville and Manchester's own Merrill Lewis. The book talk and signing are included with admission to the Millyard Museum, and will include free samples of Moxie, courtesy of Coca-Cola of Northern New England.
To RSVP, please call (603) 622-7531 or e-mail at h
Goodwin Funeral Home Records
The Manchester Historic Association is pleased to announce the recent acquisition and digitization of records of the Goodwin Funeral Home.  These records, donated by the Goodwin Funeral Home, contain important information about many of Manchester's residents whose funerals were held at Goodwin from 1874 to 1969.  In addition to basic vital information, many records contain notes about surviving family members and organizations the deceased was involved with.   
Through the generosity of an anonymous donor, these records have been digitized by the Northeast Document Conservation Center and are now available for viewing at the MHA's Research Center on Amherst Street.  Over the next year, volunteers will be creating an index of these records, ensuring that this important information will be accessible to researchers and provide useful information to those researching their family history.    
Now on Exhibit: Hats Off to Manchester
 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 
Bowlers, Derbies, Fedoras, Oh My! Whatever style you prefer, hats have always played an important part in our lives. They cover our heads when it rains or snows, they signify a social group or profession we belong to, and most importantly, they complete an outfit.  

In the Exhibit "Hats Off to Manchester", the Manchester Historic Association digs deep into its collection to bring you a special collection of hats made, worn or bought in Manchester. Take a stroll down memory lane as we bring stories, photographs and of course hats from some of Elm Street's most beloved stores.  Come see hat boxes and display photos from Pariseau's, J.W. Hills, and M.A. Barton's just to name a few.
On exhibit through August 1, 2019. 
2018 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report

The Manchester Historic Association's 2018 Annual Rep
ort is now available!  Please click on the above link to view or download the report.  

Copies of the Annual Report are also available at the front desks of the Millyard Museum and Research Center.  If you would like to receive a hard copy, please e-mail and we will be happy to mail one to you.

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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