March 24, 2017
In This Issue
Songs of Emigration: Storytelling Through Traditional Irish Music
Saturday, March 25, 2017
1:00 p.m. - Millyard Museum 
FREE and open to the public 

Through traditional music Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki relays some of the adventures, misadventures, and emotions experienced by Irish emigrants.  The focus is on songs about leaving Ireland, sometimes focusing on the reasons for leaving (a man who is driven from his land by English persecution); sometimes revealing what happened upon arrival (an immigrant drafted into the Union army during the Civil War); and sometimes exploring the universal feeling of homesickness of a stranger in a strange land (a factory worker in London missing his home in County Clare).  The presenter discusses the historical context of these songs, interspersing their stories with tunes from Ireland that made their way into New England's musical repertoire, played on his fiddle or guitar.

Many thanks to New Hampshire Humanities for their generous sponsorship of this program!   
On Exhibit: Doctor's Orders - Public Health in Manchester
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

Be sure to check out this exciting new exhibit on the history of public health in Manchester.  From smallpox to polio to the current issues facing the city, this exhibit highlights the organizations that have fought to keep Manchester healthy.

On exhibit through June 24.

This exhibit has been made possible through sponsorships from:
Special Exhibit - World War I
In the Charles Whittemore Discovery Gallery in the Millyard Museum
Tuesday- Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Included with museum admission
April 6th marks the one hundred year anniversary of the United States entering the First World War.  Come take a brief look into what it was like for the people of Manchester to live through one of the worst wars the world has ever seen.  This is the story of an age with new technological advances and a forgotten history of the society that would raise their children to become America's greatest generation.

On Exhibit through April 8.  
Rally 'Round the Flag!

We are close to our goal to restore this historic flag!  
Last month, the Manchester Historic Association launched a campaign to raise funds for the restoration and conservation of an important piece of American history in the museum's collection.  The piece is a unique American flag, featuring a hand-embroidered shield of George Washington sewn on the center of the flag.  The flag was made by First Lady Edith Roosevelt in 1903 for the W. W. Brown Camp, Manchester's chapter of the Sons of Veterans. 

We have already raised $5,330 - leaving only $1,670 until we reach our goal!

With ties to George Washington, Teddy and Edith Roosevelt, a veterans organization, American flag history, and needlepoint, this artifact is a unique piece of American history that should be conserved, restored, and displayed for all to enjoy.  Your donation will help us achieve this goal.  All donors will receive an invitation to the unveiling of the flag when it is restored and put on display at the Millyard Museum.
Click here to visit the GoFundMe page and to learn more about the history of the flag. 

Please help us spread the word!  
2017 Annual Meeting of the Manchester Historic Association
Wednesday, April 19, 2017  
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Millyard Museum - Free Admission
This year's Annual Meeting will begin with the 
business meeting of the Manchester Historic Association.  This will be followed by a short talk by Dr. Jack Resch, professor of history at UNH Manchester, about Manchester's very own hero, General John Stark.  Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP by calling (603) 622-7531 or by e-mail at
Fire Engine Day
Saturday, April 22, 2017 
10:30 a.m.
Millyard Museum
Included with admission to the museum (kids under 12 admitted free!) 
It's practically universal - kids love fire engines.  On April 22nd we will give kids a chance to see and learn how a hand tub fire engine and a steam fire engine work.  Then, we'll have a visit from one of the Manchester Fire Department engines to see a modern fire truck!   
Save the Date: 25th Annual Historic Preservation Awards

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

Thank You to Our Business Partners!
Platinum Partners 
Gregory G. Hood, Senior V. President, Financial Advisor

Silver Partners

Bronze Partners 




To learn more about being a Business Partner with the Manchester Historic Association, click here or call (603) 622-7531
Manchester Historic Association
129 Amherst Street
Manchester, NH 03101