News from the Manchester Historic Association
Collect, Preserve, Share
November 18, 2022
In This Issue
1 Exhibit Opening: Manchester Through the Lens of Frank Kelly
2 Holiday Open House 2022
3 American Girl Doll Tea Party: 2022 Christmas Tea
4 Lecture: History of Manchester Public Schools
5 New in the Museum Shop
6 2023 Historic Preservation Award Nominations
7 Manchester Trivia Questions
Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to You and Your Family

from the Manchester Historic Association

Please note: 
The Millyard Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24 

The Museum and Museum Shop will be OPEN Nov. 25 & 26

The Research Center will be OPEN Saturday, Nov. 26
Exhibit Opening:
Manchester Through the Lens of Frank Kelly

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
5:00 - 7:00 pm

Join us as we open the new exhibit, Manchester Through the Lens of Frank Kelly!

The exhibit highlights the works of Frank Kelly, a prominent Manchester photographer in the 1950s through the 1980s. Kelly owned Frank Kelly Studio in Manchester for 49 years. Over his long career, he, along with his wife Eleanor, photographed many Manchester people, businesses, and landmarks. The exhibit features many rare shots of people and places in the city, like the one below of Elm Street.
Admission is free. Please RSVP to or call
(603) 622-7531
Holiday Open House 2022

Saturday, December 3
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

FREE museum admission
Guest appearance by Santa from 11:30-1:00!

Enjoy time spent with your neighbors, family and friends on this festive day of shopping and fun family activities in the Millyard Museum!

  • Shop for the holidays in the Museum Shop, featuring historical books, locally made products, our 2023 historic Manchester calendar and unique collectible brass ornaments including the new John Stark ornament 

  • Members of the Manchester Historic Association receive an extra 10% discount this day only (at least 20% off all shop items).

  • Children's Holiday crafts 
  • Enjoy cookies and cider
  • Play old-fashioned board games 
  • Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 11:30-1:00!

Also taking place at the Millyard Museum this day is an American Girl Doll Tea Party at 11:00 am and a lecture on the history of Manchester's Public Schools at 2:00 pm, as well as a preview of our on-line silent auction.
American Girl Doll Tea Party: 2022 Christmas Tea
Saturday, December 3
11:30 a.m.

Bring your doll and join us for an American Girl Doll Tea Party! A tour of the Millyard Museum will be followed by refreshments and crafts. 

$15 per person. Space is limited! Click here to purchase tickets.

Please Note: Children MUST be accompanied by an adult with a ticket.
Lecture: History of Manchester Public Schools

Saturday, December 3
2:00 p.m.
FREE museum admission

Join us at our Holiday Open House at 2:00 for a lecture by MHA Trustee Jeff Myrdek on the history of Manchester's schools. Jeff will present the history of Manchester Public School buildings from 1900 to 1950.
New in the Museum Shop

2022 Manchester Holiday Ornament

The Manchester Historic Association is pleased to announce this year's holiday ornament featuring John Stark.

The ornament features a colorized depiction of the statue of General Stark that stands outside Manchester City Hall (identical statues are also in Bennington, VT and Stark, NH). The statues were sculpted by Robert Shore in 1999, based on the original 1889 design by John Rogers.

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 $28.00 in the Millyard Museum Shop as well as at the MHA Research Center. The 2022 ornaments, as well as a limited number of ornaments from past years, can also be purchased online.   

2023 Manchester Calendar

Stroll down memory lane every month with this exclusive calendar from the Manchester Historic Association! The calendar features 12 images from our vast photographic collection, printed on high quality paper. Makes a great gift!

The calendars are $12.00 and can be purchased at the Millyard Museum Shop, MHA Research Center, or online.
2023 Historic Preservation Award Nominations
The Historic Preservation Committee is accepting nominations for the 2023 Historic Preservation Awards through December 3.  
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 30 years, more than 230 recipients have been recognized for a wide variety of preservation efforts in 40 different categories. The annual event is the MHA's 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 2023 Nomination Form by December 3.
The 31st Annual Historic Preservation Awards will be held on May 23, 2023 at Saint Anselm College. Further details will be announced in the coming months. 

Did You Get Last Month's
Manchester Trivia Question?
Last Month's Trivia Question: What product, produced by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, was shipped to countries as far as Russia, China, Australia, and Peru in the 1860s?

ANSWER: From 1858 to 1876, the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company produced Amoskeag steam fire engines. These engines were known for their effectiveness in fighting fires and were also appreciated for their beauty. Small towns from Maine to Oregon bought the machines, as well as large cities including New York, Boston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Detroit, and San Francisco. Others were sold outside of the United States to countries including Great Britain, Canada, Russia, China, Australia, Peru and Chile.

This Month's Trivia Question: What are the names of the two sites of Manchester’s largest archaeological digs and what years did they break ground?

The answer will appear in next month's newsletter.
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 (Commercial and Bedford St.) and Manchester Research Center on Amherst Street.  
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