News from the Manchester Historic Association
Collect, Preserve, Share
Aug. 12, 2021
In This Issue
1 Preservation Awards to be Held Sept. 8 at the Rex Theatre
2 MHA Names New Board Leadership
3 MHA to Host American Girl Party, Pine Grove Walking Tour
4 NH Heritage Museum Trail Passports Now Available
5 Pandora by Design Exhibit Open Through Aug. 31
6 Member of the Month: Volunteer Extraordinaire Ellie Cochran
7 Manchester Trivia Question
Historic Preservation Awards to be held September 8
Have you purchased your tickets for the 29th Annual Historic Preservation Awards?

The event will be held Sept. 8 from 5-8 p.m. at the re-imagined Rex Theatre, which was a recipient of a 2020 Preservation Award for Development of a Cultural Resource. In celebration of the MHA's 125th anniversary, the pre-event cocktail reception will be held at the Research Center at 129 Amherst Street.

Over the course of the previous 28 years, more than 230 recipients have been recognized for a wide variety of preservation efforts in 40 different categories. The annual event has become the MHA’s single largest fundraiser to support its non-profit mission of collecting, preserving and sharing the history of Manchester. The gracious Howard and Joan Brodsky are serving as Honorary Co-Chairs for this year's event, which will recognize the following award recipients:

  • Community Leadership & Advocacy Award
The “Save the Chandler House” Initiative (pictured above)

  • 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)
For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets for the event, click here. For more information, call 603-622-7531.
MHA Names New New Board Leadership

By way of the 2021 Annual Meeting that was held in a virtual format, members of the Manchester Historic Association voted to approve new board leadership. The office holders include:

Colleen Kurlansky, Board Chair - This is Colleen's second year as board chair. In addition to her 25 years in marketing and business development, she has also served as a board member with Court Appointed Special Advocates and was a founding member of the Phaneuf Family Foundation.

Selma Naccach-Hoff, Vice Chair - Selma is a Manchester native and was a long-time English teacher and department head at Manchester High School Central prior to her retirement. She has also served on the boards of the Elliot Health System, the VNA, the Bean Foundation and UNH Manchester..

Ryan Gough, Treasurer - Ryan has been a resident of Pinardville for the past 11 years, where he lives with his wife, daughter, son and two dogs. He has worked at Berry Dunn McNeil & Parker, LLC for more than 17 years and also serves on the Board of the Granite YMCA.

Patricia Myers, Secretary - Pat is a former chair of the board with the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and a board member with the Strawbery Banke Museum. She is a past board member of the Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden in Portsmouth and the New Hampshire Historical Society.
Millyard Museum to Host American Girl Tea Party; Pine Grove Cemetery Walking Tour in August
The Millyard Museum will resume its wildly popular American Girl Doll Tea Party event on Saturday, August 21 beginning at 11 a.m. Bring your doll and join Museum Educator Kristy Ellsworth for festivities that include a tour of the Millyard Museum, followed by refreshments and crafts. 

Children must be accompanied by an adult, and tickets must be purchased for each adult and child.To purchase your tickets, click here.

On Thursday, Aug. 26, the MHA will present an early-evening walking tour of the Pine Grove Cemetery featuring actors from the Majestic Theatre. During this interactive tour, actors will engage guests by telling first-person accounts of some of Manchester's most prominent citizens, including Frank Carpenter and inventor Nehemiah Bean. Guests will be divided into small groups. 

The tour will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the cemetery's Ursula Chapel. Tickets are $10 for MHA members and $20 for not-yet members. Preregistration is required, and to purchase tickets, click here. For more information on these programs, call 603-622-7531.
NH Heritage Museum Trail Passports Now Available
The New Hampshire Heritage Museum Trail has launched a Trail Passport Program which allows you to experience 18 different museums. 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 18 of the 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 and category 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), 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), Museum of the White Mountains (Plymouth), 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). 

Popular Pandora Exhibit Ends August 31!
Pandora by Design: Sweaters from the Millyard

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

In 1940, Pandora Industries relocated to Manchester from New York City, and for the next several decades became one of the major employers of the Queen City with as many as 1,000 people working for the company. Pandora maintained itself as a major sweater and sportswear maker, making as many as 60,000 sweaters per week, and was one of the last textile manufacturers to operate in Manchester's Millyard.

This exhibit at the Millyard Museum showcases a recently acquired collection of Pandora sweaters and designs as well as part of the iconic sign that stood atop the Pandora Mill building for approximately 50 years.

"Pandora by Design: Sweaters from the Millyard" will be on display in the Millyard Museum's State Theater Gallery through August 31, 2021
MHA Member of the Month:
Volunteer Extraordinaire Ellie Cochran
Community service is a lifelong calling for longtime MHA supporter Ellie Cochran, whose nominal stab at retirement still finds her fully immersed in the educational support venture Manchester Proud, serving as a Trustee for NeighborWorks, assisting both the Derryfield School and Elliot Hospital in development efforts and co-chairing her 50th class reunion at Colby Sawyer this fall. 

Her history with the MHA is deeply rooted as well, as evidenced by her service as Honorary Chair of the 2016 Historic Preservation Awards. We asked her why she supports our organization.

 "I support the Manchester Historic Association because it keeps Manchester’s history alive," she explained. "I was first introduced to the importance of history by my great grandfather, Elmer Goodwin, and he encouraged us to know more about our roots and the diversity our city has to offer. MHA has done this for many generations and with our support they will continue to do so far into the future."

Can You Answer This Manchester Trivia Question?
Do you know your Manchester history? Check back in the next newsletter for the answer to this question!

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?

Last Month's Trivia Question: On November 27, 1928, the cheeky title of a lecture at the Manchester Shoe and Leather Continuation School was "The Last Shall be First."
Can you name the Manchester shoe manufacturer was that was once billed as "the largest single shoe factory in the whole United States?"

ANSWER: W.H. McElwain was the largest shoe shop in the world. Its public relations staff once claimed that "the shoelaces used in a year, all put in a line, would run from Boston to Yokohama via San a year." The company also claimed it used so much leather in a single year that ''these cattle, walking in procession head-to-tail, would make a line 800 miles long."
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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