News from the Manchester Historic Association
Collect, Preserve, Share
August 18, 2022
In This Issue
1 "An Early Glimpse of Manchester" Walking Tour
2 30th Annual Historic Preservation Awards
3 "The Peoples' Sculptor: The Life and Works of John Rogers"
4 Girls at Work Field Trips to Millyard Museum
5 Collection Highlight: B&M Passenger Station Blueprints
6 New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail Passports
7 Manchester Trivia Questions
"An Early Glimpse of Manchester"
Walking Tour

Thursday, August 25, 2022
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Stark Park

Collaborating once again with the Majestic Theatre, the Manchester Historic Association is offering a living history tour of Stark Park. This interactive, actor-led tour will give first-person accounts of Manchester's own war hero General John Stark and his wife Molly, and some of their contemporaries, including Samuel Blodget, Robert Rogers, Samantha Plantin, and Elizabeth Stark.
Tickets are selling fast, and space is limited. Please register today!

For more information, call 603-622-7531
30th Annual Historic Preservation Awards - Sept. 8

Tickets are on sale now for the Manchester Historic Association's 30th Annual Historic Preservation Awards, to be held Thursday, Sept. 8 at 5:00pm at Manchester Community College.

General admission for the event is $125, and $100 for MHA members. The awards event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the MHA, and proceeds will help in creating more interactive exhibits and expanding educational programs at the Millyard Museum.

To purchase tickets, please click here,
Lead sponsor for the event is RBC Wealth Management. Information about additional sponsorship opportunities may be obtained by calling (603) 622-7531, or clicking here.

The following individuals and businesses will be recognized at the event for their contributions to the historic preservation of Manchester:

Homeowner’s Award
Robert B. and Claudette O. Perreault
For their home at 187 Warner Street
Adaptive Reuse Award
The Factory on Willow
252 Willow Street
Restoration of a City Landmark Award
The Gresley Residence
669 Chestnut Street
Stewardship Award
Manchester Water Works
For the Operator’s Residence at 1583 Lake Shore Road
Individual Achievement Award
Gary Samson

Also being recognized at the event with a Centennial Award is the Red Arrow Diner, for a century of service to the community.

For more information, please call 603-622-7531 or click here.
"The People's Sculptor:
The Life and Works of John Rogers”
The Millyard Museum's current featured exhibit is “The People's Sculptor: The Life and Works of John Rogers.".

Rogers was a well-known artist whose statuary "groups" became extremely popular in the mid-to-late 1800s. He was the first American sculptor to mass produce his work and worked mostly in plaster to make his sculptures more affordable. 

Rogers' connections to Manchester run deep, from his work as a mechanic at Amoskeag to his gift to the city of the Abraham Lincoln statue that stands in the courtyard at Central High School.

The exhibit is free to MHA members and included with general admission for other visitors. If you would like to assist the MHA in staging more exhibits such as this, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to our Heritage Fund by clicking here.

Girls at Work Field Trips to Millyard Museum
This week marks the last time this summer that we have Girls at Work visiting the Millyard Museum as part of their summer camp program. On their visit, they've been learning about what life was like for the women who worked in the mills, including an activity where they dress an American Girl Doll like a mill girl with 21 different clothing layers and accessories!

We have really enjoyed our partnership with our neighboring non-profit and appreciate all they do!

Click here to learn more about Girls at Work.

Collection Highlight:
Boston & Maine Passenger Station Blueprints

Among the archives of the Manchester Historic Association is a collection of hundred of blueprints of Manchester buildings. Among the most interesting are the blueprints to the Boston & Maine Railroad Passenger Station. The station was located at Canal and Granite Streets and was built in 1898. It was a Manchester landmark and was considered by many a great piece of architecture. Sadly, it was demolished by 1962.
New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail Passports

The New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail's Passport Program allows participants to experience 21 different museums in the Granite State. Passports ($150 value) are available for purchase at each participating museum for only $25.

The Trail Passport provides buyers with one free admission ticket to the 21 museums that are part of the museum trail.

The Passport is good for one person for one year from the date of purchase, and is non-transferable. The Passport includes brief summaries of the museums, organized by location that can be stamped upon entry.

The Millyard Museum is pleased to be taking part in this program! Passports can only be purchased at participating museums: 

Albacore Park (Portsmouth), American Independence Museum (Exeter), Aviation Museum of NH (Manchester), Belknap Mill (Laconia), Canterbury Shaker Village, Castle in the Clouds (Moultonborough), Currier Museum of Art (Manchester), Lake Winnipesaukee Museum (Laconia), Lee Scouting Museum (Manchester), Libby Museum (Wolfeboro), Millyard Museum (Manchester), Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden (Portsmouth), Museum of the White Mountains (Plymouth), New England Racing Museum (Loudon), NH Boat Museum (Wolfeboro), NH Historical Society (Concord), Portsmouth Historical Society, Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm (Tamworth), Strawbery Banke (Portsmouth), Woodman Museum (Dover), and the Wright Museum of World War II (Wolfeboro).

Did You Get Last Month's
Manchester Trivia Question?
Last Month's Trivia Question: What Manchester-born composer and songwriter is best known for writing the music to “There’s a Long, Long Trail,” which became very popular during World War I and was frequently sung by American and British troops and at Liberty Loan rallies?

ANSWER: Alonzo “Zo” Elliot, who grew up at the family home known as Brookhurst at 320 North River Road. He composed “There’s a Long, Long Trail,” during his senior year at Yale University. His friend Stoddard King was the lyricist.

This Month's Trivia Question: The Flood of 1936 was Manchester's worst natural disaster, causing millions of dollars worth of damage and leaving 1,500 people homeless. One of the saddest stories from the flood was the destruction of the Manchester Zoo on Bass Island in which two hundred animals drowned. What was the only animal to survive, and what was it's name?

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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