News from the Manchester Historic Association
Collect, Preserve, Share
Sept. 29, 2021
In This Issue
1 Preservation Awards a Great Success
2 Millyard Museum to Debut 'NH Now' Photo Exhibit Oct. 5
3 Valley Cemetery Walking Tour set for Oct. 16
4 'Remembering the QC Athletic Hall of Fame' Exhibit opening Oct. 19
5 Millyard Museum Craft Beer Tasting Nov. 3
6 Members of the Month: Greg and Linda Hood
7 Manchester Trivia Question
Historic Preservation Awards Resounding Success!
The 29th Annual Historic Preservation Awards were an enormous success, with guests giving high marks to the shared venues of the MHA Research Center and the Rex Theatre.

Honorary Co-Chairs Joan and Howard Brodsky (at left) spoke eloquently regarding the mission and the importance of the Manchester Historic Association, as did several of the award recipients.

The evening also served as a celebration of the MHA's 125th anniversary, with a champagne toast to mark the occasion.

This year's recipients raised the total number of honorees to 235 (in more than 40 categories) who have been recognized in the 29-year duration of the MHA's largest fundraiser in support of our mission to collect, preserve and share the history of Manchester. This year's event recognized the following award recipients:

  • Community Leadership & Advocacy Award
The “Save the Chandler House” Initiative

  • Individual Achievement Award
Past MHA Board Chair and perennial HPA host Edward W. Brouder, Jr.

  • City Landmark Award
City of Manchester for the restoration of the Casimir Pulaski statue in Pulaski Park.
  • Homeowner’s Award
The McLaughlin Family; For restoration of their home at 176 Walnut Street

  • Adaptive Reuse Award
267 Wilson Street LLC (the former Hoitt Furniture building)

Millyard Museum to Host "New Hampshire Now" Photo Exhibit

The Millyard Museum will host a gala opening of its newest collaborative exhibit, "New Hampshire Now," on Oct. 5 at 5 p.m.
Admission is free for MHA members and guests.

"New Hampshire Now" represents a two-year effort to record life in the Granite State. Nearly 50 photographers traveled throughout the state between 2018 and 2020, capturing thousands of images that create a twenty-first century portrait of the people, places, culture and events that characterize our state.

Eight cultural centers throughout the state will host geographically relevant portions of the collection. The MHA’s Millyard Museum will focus on the Merrimack Valley portion of the exhibit. The Museum will also host a discussion panel on the exhibit on October 9 at 11 a.m. with photographers Gary Samson, Claudia Rippee and Mark Bolton and MHA Executive Director John Clayton as moderator.
This collaboration aligns the MHA with the New Hampshire Historical Society and the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists, with outstanding support from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. To RSVP for the Oct. 5 opening, call 603-622-7531.
Valley Cemetery Walking Tour Set for Oct. 16
The MHA will resume its wildly popular cemetery tours on Saturday, Oct.16 when historians DIck Duckoff and John Jordan (at right, with an assist from MHA's Ed Brouder) explore the graves of the Valley Cemetery.

Renowned as a classic example of America's Victorian-era Garden Cemeteries, Pine Grove is the final resting place for many prominent Manchester citizens such as Aretas Blood, Moody Currier and Ezekiel Straw.  

Vehicle entrance is from the Pine Street gate of the cemetery, and the tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. from the cemetery's chapel. Tickets are $10 for MHA members and $20 for not-yet members. Preregistration is required, and to purchase tickets, click here.

Please note that the grounds of the Valley Cemetery can prose problems for those with mobility issues, and these issues are beyond the MHA's control. For more information on this program, call 603-622-7531.
Queen City Athletic Hall of Fame Exhibit Debuts Oct. 19
In the Discovery Gallery in the Millyard Museum
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. - Included with museum admission

From 1989 to 2009, entrance into the Queen City Athletic Hall of Fame became the highest accolade that the Manchester sporting community could bestow upon an athlete.

Although the QC Hall has been dormant for the past decade, the Millyard Museum recently obtained the commemorative plaque that is inscribed with the names of the honorees, and that plaque has become the foundation for a new exhibit.

"We've spent the past six months creating a repository of photos that had never been compiled before," said MHA Executive Director John Clayton. "It has been a challenge and a delight, and we believe we have a very representative sampling of athletes dating back more than half a century."

This exhibit at the Millyard Museum will showcase athletes - male and female - from a wide variety of sports, ranging from Major League Baseball (including Mike Flanagan, pictured above) to college basketball to professional football, plus swimming, golf, track and field, gymnastics, even snowshoe racing.

A reception for the exhibit opening will be held Oct. 19 at the Milllyard Museum from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Advance registration is required by calling 603-622-7531. To learn about sponsorship opportunities, email John Clayton.
Can we call it "Novemberfest?"

The Millyard Museum will resume its ever-popular craft beer tasting event on November 3 from 5-7:30 p.m.

The event has provided members and guests alike the opportunity to sample some of the remarkable craft brews that are being created in Manchester and neighboring communities, while also supporting the work of the Manchester Historic Association.

Once again, we will feature live musical entertainment with Alli Beaudry Seney, and a generous array of swag from the various breweries at the event. This is a 21-Plus event and IDs may be required of younger attendees.

Admission is $10 for MHA members and $15 for yet-to-be members. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. If you know of a local brewer who would like to become involved, reach out to us here.
MHA Members of the Month:
Greg and Linda Hood
The Manchester Historic Association holds a special place in the public lives of long-time members and supporters Greg and Linda Hood.

In addition to being fixtures at events like the Historic Preservation Awards and the intermittently recurring Halloween Costume Parties, Greg has served on the board of directors and many standing committees such as finance and collections. We asked the Hoods why they support our organization.

 "There are so many reason to support the MHA," Greg explained, "but Linda and I know that having a central organization that has the ability to collect, protect and present back the artifacts and history of the city of Manchester is so important.

"For 125 years, MHA has been the steward for everything Manchester," he added. "Between the archives on Amherst street and the Museum in the the Millyard, MHA pulls together and beautifully presents the story of our city. "

Can You Answer This Manchester Trivia Question?
Question: In 1893, State Rep. Clarence M. Woodbury proposed that the West Side secede from the City of Manchester and form it's own municipality. "The West Side is eminently fitted for city hood," said Woodbury, who even suggested a name for the new municipality. What name did he suggest:

  • Amoryville
  • La Petit Canada
  • 'Squog City

Last Month's Trivia Question: Over time, the textile industry developed its own peculiar vernacular, particularly when it came to job titles. Which of these terms was not a part of that vernacular?


ANSWER: Dawdling was not a job title at Amoskeag Manufacturing, which is to be expected when the Manchester City motto is "Labor Vincint" or Labor Triumphs!

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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