December 4, 2015
In This Issue
Holiday Open House - TOMORROW!
Saturday, December 5, 2015
10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
FREE Admission 

Guest appearance by Santa from 10:00-11:00!

Enjoy time spent with your neighbors, family and friends on this special day of shopping and fun family activities in the Millyard Museum.
  - Children's Holiday crafts
- Holiday storytelling
- Check out the new Manchester Wall of Fame exhibit
- Enter raffles to win great prizes!
- Play old-fashioned board games and win free prizes by completing an educational Gallery Hunt
- Enjoy cookies and cider
- Shop for the holidays in the Museum Shop, featuring historical books, stocking stuffers, and unique collectible brass ornaments including the new "Weston Observatory" ornament 
- Members of the Manchester Historic Association receive an extra 10% discount this day only (at least 20% off all shop items).
- Visit with Santa from 10:00-11:00!

NH Primary Exhibit - Opening December 14

The exhibit, Manchester, the Primary & the Presidency will be unveiled at the Millyard Museum on Monday, December 14. 

For the past several months, the MHA has been seeking images of candidates down 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, Ford, Reagan, Bush, Obama - as they press the flesh 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.
December 14 promises to be an exceptional evening at the Millyard Museum, and we hope you will be able to join us as we strive to collect, preserve and share Manchester's history.  The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. Please RSVP to 603-622-7531, or e-mail to 
2015 Ornament: Weston Observatory

The MHA's 2015 collectible ornament has arrived!  This year's ornament features the Weston Observatory.

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 2015 ornaments, as well as a limited number of ornaments from past years, can also be purchased online.   
Lecture - The Richest Man You've Never Heard Of
Saturday, January 16, 2016
Presented by historian Ed Brouder
10:30 a.m. - noon
Included with regular admission to the Millyard Museum
Free to members of the Manchester Historic Association
Pre-registration is requested - Please call (603) 622-7531

Alfred Quimby (1833-1918) was the 11th of 13 children born in Sandwich, NH.  As a young man, he moved to Lawrence, MA where he sold newspapers and periodicals. At the start of the Civil War he moved to Manchester and started a similar business at Hanover and Elm Streets, earning a small fortune.  Quimby eventually sold the newspaper business, turning to real estate.  When Albert died at the age of 85 his estate was estimated as much as a million dollars.  Not one penny went to his adopted city.  Instead, his will directed a trust be formed, and nearly a century later it still funds schools, police, fire and other civic improvements to his native community of Sandwich!

Now Accepting Historic Preservation Award Nominations

The Historic Preservation Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2016 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, and other historic resources in the city.
If you are interested in nominating a person, organization or business for a Historic Preservation Award, please complete the  HPA 2016 Nomination Form.  
SAVE THE DATE!  The 24th Annual Historic Preservation Awards will be held Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Manchester Community College.

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

Manchester Historic Association
129 Amherst Street
Manchester, NH 03101