January 28, 2016
In This Issue
NH Primary Exhibit - Open through February 20

If you haven't yet seen the exhibit, Manchester, the Primary & the Presidency, be sure to visit the Millyard Museum for a look at over 100 images of presidents and presidential candidates during visits and campaign stops in Manchester.  

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.  
New to the Collection!

The Manchester Historic Association is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of the Manchester School Registers Collection.  This collection was recently donated to the MHA by the City of Manchester and consists of 575 bound volumes of school registers documenting student attendance at Manchester's public schools from the mid-1800s to the late 1960s.  In addition to student names, many registers contain additional information including age, address, absence/tardy log, cancellations and delays, honor roll, and visitor logs. 

The collection has been added to the MHA archives and is available to the public at the MHA Research Center.  A guide to the collection with a list of schools can be found here.  The Research Center is located at 129 Amherst Street and open Saturdays 10-4 and by appointment. 
Book Signing - Picturing Class: Lewis W. Hine Photographs Child Labor in New England
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Presented by historian and author Robert Macieski
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

In this richly illustrated book, Dr. Robert Macieski examines Lewis W. Hine's art and advocacy on behalf of child laborers as part of the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) between 1909 and 1917.  In Picturing Class, Macieski explores the historical context of Hine's photographs and the social worlds of his subjects.  He offers a detailed analysis of many of the images, unearthing the stories behind the creation of these photographs and the lives of their subjects.  In telling the story of these photographs, their creation, and their reception, Macieski demonstrates how Hine worked to advance an unvarnished picture of a rapidly changing region and the young workers at the center of this important shift.  

Robert Macieski is associate professor of history at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester.

Call for Images for Upcoming Immigrant Exhibit

2 Manchester children in Greek costume, 1957.  MHA Collection
The Manchester Historic Association is currently preparing for an upcoming exhibit entitled "Manchester's Immigrants: Then and Now."
This exhibit will showcase more than a century of photographs that document the lives of Manchester's immigrants from all ethnic backgrounds.
"Naturally, we will be drawing from our own extensive collection of historic photos," said Executive Director John Clayton, "but we will also be seeking out photographs from the general public that chronicle their own families' arrivals in this community and also by employing contemporary images of local refugees and immigrants as documented by photographer Becky Field in her new book, 'Different Roots, Common Dreams.'
"Ultimately," Clayton added, "our goal is to help our newest immigrants appreciate the role Manchester has played in helping newcomers become assimilated into the fabric of this city, as was the case for the Irish, the French-Canadian, the Greek, Polish, Swedish, German, Belgian and people of other ethnic backgrounds who came before them."
The exhibit is scheduled to open in early March. To submit your family photos to the exhibit, call (603)-622-7531 or email history@manchesterhistoric.org.

New to Museum Shop: Granite Steps

After you visit our exhibit, "Manchester, the Primary, & the Presidency", be sure to stop in the Gift Shop to pick up a copy of the new book by Fergus Cullen, Granite Steps: Stumbles, Surprises, and Successes along the New Hampshire Primary Trail.  Produced in association with the New Hampshire Union Leader,  Granite Steps takes a look at some highlights from the NH Primary's 100 year history.   Many images from the "Manchester, the Primary, & the Presidency" exhibit also appear in Cullen's book, making it a great purchase for anyone who enjoyed our exhibit! 

This book is available for $27.95.

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 www.manchesterhistoric.org.

Manchester Historic Association
129 Amherst Street
Manchester, NH 03101