News from the Manchester Historic Association
Collect, Preserve, Share
April 6, 2021
In This Issue
1. Victory Park Walking Tour
2. Pandora by Design - New Exhibit Open!
3. MHA Member of the Month
4. Queen City Athletic Hall of Fame
5. Exhibit Video: Manchester's Urban Ponds
6. Manchester Trivia Question
Victory Park Walking Tour
A Saturday Morning Stroll Park Tour

April 10, 2021
10:00 - noon
Victory Park

$10 Manchester Historic Association members - $20 General Public 

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited, but there are still some spots available.

Click here to register!

Join us for an interactive spring morning tour of Victory Park. Partnering with the Majestic Theatre, live actors will engage guests in the telling of first person accounts of some of Manchester's most prominent citizens, war heroes, and guests, including Lucien Gosselin, General John Stark, and Casimir Pulaski. 

Amherst, Pine, Concord, and Chestnuts Streets, Manchester, NH. Free on-street parking available on weekends. Meet in front of the Manchester Historic Association building, 129 Amherst Street. Please note, this tour involves walking and may not be suitable for individuals with mobility issues. The tour will be made available to the general public on our YouTube channel, courtesy of MCTV. 

Guests will be divided into small groups. Social distancing will be practiced and masks are required.  

Pandora Exhibit Now Open!
Pandora by Design: Sweaters from the Millyard

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

In 1940 Pandora Industries relocated to Manchester from New York City, and for the next several decades became one of the major employers of the Queen City with as many as 1,000 people working for the company. Pandora maintained itself as a major sweater and sportswear maker, making as many as 60,000 sweaters per week, and was one of the last textile manufacturers to operate in Manchester's Millyard.

This new exhibit at the Millyard Museum showcases a recently acquired collection of Pandora sweaters and designs as well as part of the iconic sign that stood atop the Pandora Mill building for approximately 50 years.

"Pandora by Design: Sweaters from the Millyard" will be on display in the Millyard Museum's State Theater Gallery through August 31, 2021
MHA Member of the Month
Bonnie Doherty, a Manchester native and recently retired fourth grade teacher, currently sits on the board of the MHA. She has been a member of the MHA since 1996 and we asked her why she supports the Association.
“The simple fact is that I like history,” she said. “As a kid, we would go to places like Colonial Williamsburg and Fort Ticonderoga, so if you’re from Manchester and you like history, what better place to support?”
By joining the Manchester Historic Association you not only receive attractive benefits, but you also have the satisfaction of knowing that you are supporting the Association's efforts to collect, preserve and share Manchester's rich history. Membership is the best way to stay in touch with people who care about the city's history, and who appreciate the importance of historical education.

If you would like to join Bonnie in supporting the MHA, visit our website:

To join over the phone, or if you have any questions, please call (603) 622-7531. You may also contact us by e-mail:
Queen City Athletic Hall of Fame
The Millyard Museum has recently acquired the commemorative plaque from the Queen City Athletic Hall of Fame and is seeking photographs of the many honorees who were recognized by the organization.
“Our plan is to mount the plaque in our Discovery Gallery and surround it with a changing array of photos from the many honorees in their athletic hey-day,” said John Clayton, executive director of the Manchester Historic Association.
If you or someone you know was inducted into the hall, please write to
Exhibit Video: Manchester's Urban Ponds

The special exhibit "Manchester's Urban Ponds: Past, Present, and Future" at the Millyard Museum closed on December 5, but you still have a chance to see a video of the exhibit, featuring a guided tour with our curators.

Although ponds may not be the first thing one thinks about in Manchester, the Queen City has several ponds that have played an important role in the area’s history. More recently, the Manchester Urban Ponds Restoration Program, established in 2000, has led cleanup efforts to help return the city’s ponds to their historic uses. This exhibit looks at the history of several of Manchester’s urban ponds, including Crystal Lake, Dorrs Pond, Maxwell Pond, Nutts Pond, Pine Island Pond, and Stevens Pond and celebrates the accomplishments of the Urban Ponds Restoration Program over the last 20 years.

Sponsored by City of Manchester, Department of Public Works, Environmental Protection Division
Manchester Trivia Question
Do you know your Manchester history? Check back in the next newsletter for the answer!

In 1923, Manchester’s most famous Winter Carnival occurred. Cameramen sent newsreels around the world of children diving through a hole in the ice at the Amoskeag ledge as temperatures hovered around zero. Another memorable feature was the bobsled run. Making countless trips, “Uncle Sam,” the world’s longest bobsled, coasted a mile down Lowell Street as two companies of State Guard patrolled the route.

How many children could the "Uncle Sam" bobsled carry?
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.  
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