NEWS from the Manchester Historic Association

NEWS from the Manchester Historic Association
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21st Annual Historic Preservation Awards
Honorary Chair John Clayton, Manchester Author & Vice President for Communications – New Hampshire Hospital Association
Master of Ceremonies Ed Brouder, Trustee of the Manchester Historic Association, Historian and Educator
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
5:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
At the Armory Building at the Center of New Hampshire Radisson Hotel
Tickets: $85 ($75 for Manchester Historic Association members) – $600 for a table seating 8
Please reserve your seats by April 11.
The Historic Preservation Awards program recognizes and supports the efforts of individuals, businesses, and organizations who have made significant contributions to the preservation of buildings, neighborhoods, and other historic resources in the city. Join us for this year’s event and help celebrate Manchester’s history and those who preserve it! Proceeds benefit the programs of the Manchester Historic Association, a charitable nonprofit organization with the mission to collect, preserve and share Manchester’s history.
For detailed information and to reserve your seats online:
See the honorees on the Manchester History Network website:
2013 Historic Preservation Awards honorees
Stewardship Award – St. Anselm College – for Alumni Hall
Neighborhood Improvement Award – Elm Grove Companies – for Allyson Apartments, 307 Merrimack Street
Lifetime Achievement Award – George Naum, photographer
Leadership & Advocacy Award – Public Service of New Hampshire
Homeowner’s Award – Carter A. Beck for 1153 Union Street
Stewardship Award – Amoskeag Terrace Condominium Association
Neighborhood Preservation Award – Attorney Cathy J. Green for 764 Chestnut Street
Design Award – Megan and Stephen Cairns for 2451 Elm Street
City Landmark Award – Brookside Congregational Church
Lecture: The Carpenter Family
Thursday, April 18, 2013
7:00 p.m.
At the Manchester City Library – 405 Pine Street
Admission is free
The Manchester Historic Association is partnering with the Manchester City Library to present a series of lectures to help celebrate the main library’s 100th anniversary. The first talk will take place during National Library Week. Aurore Eaton, Executive Director of the Manchester Historic Association, will talk about local financier and philanthropist Frank P. Carpenter, and the role he and his family had in shaping the library. The main library building was built by Mr. Carpenter and given as a generous gift to the city. Light refreshments will be served.
“Books in the Mill” Discussion Series
Presented by the University of New Hampshire-Manchester Library in partnership with the Manchester Historic Association
Programs are held in the Library Mezzanine at the UNH-M Library – 400 Commercial Street
Free Admission
For more information, call (603) 641-4173.
You are invited to join this friendly group of bibliophiles to discuss the excellent books in the series, “Books in the Mill: A Year of Booker Reads.” The international Man-Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary award presented each year for the best original full-length novel written in the English language by a citizen of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. Visit for more information about this series or other events on the UNH-M campus.
The Sea by John Banville
Thursday, April 18, 2013
6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman, has gone back to the seaside town of his childhood to cope with the recent loss of his wife. It is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time. What Max comes to understand about the past, and about its indelible effects on him, is at the center of this novel.
Open Doors Arts and Cultural Tour
Thursday, April 25, 2013
5:00 pm.-8:00 pm.
FREE Admission
Hop on the trolley and visit art galleries and museums in the city including the Millyard Museum, SEE Science Center, Art 3 Gallery, Langer Place, New Hampshire Institute of Art, E.W. Poore Framing-Art Studio-Art Gallery, Studio 550 and Framers Market. The theme for the night is “Crazy Hat Night.” Join in on the theme and be eligible to enter raffles with great prizes at each venue. The trolleys stop at these locations approximately every 20-30 minutes throughout the evening.
An Armchair Tour of New Hampshire’s Black History Sites
Saturday, May 11, 2013
10:30 a.m.
FREE Admission
Valerie Cunningham’s “tour” covers more than a dozen cities and towns from the Seacoast to the North Country, with stories about Africans and African Americans who have lived and worked in the state since the 17th century. Additional information will be available for attendees who would like to learn more about specific places and people. Ms. Cunningham is an independent researcher, historic preservationist and local author. Her work established the African American Collection at the University of New Hampshire Dimond Library and has earned her many awards.
This program is generously sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
Who Won the War of 1812?
New Hampshire’s Forgotten Patriot Pirates
Saturday, June 8, 2013
10:30 a.m.
FREE Admission
When was the War of 1812? That’s a trick question, but if you don’t recall America’s “Forgotten War” with England, you are not alone. Two hundred years ago, with only 17 armed ships, a youthful United States declared war on the world’s largest navy (over, 1,000 warships). Then we invaded Canada. That didn’t go well. In retaliation the British burned Washington, DC to the ground. So how come we think we won? J. Dennis Robinson offers an upbeat, often irreverent, slideshow on New Hampshire’s reluctant role in “Mr. Madison’s War” with special emphasis on the bold privateers who swarmed out of the state’s only seaport. Robinson is the author of over 1,000 articles on New Hampshire history and culture. He has received honors from the American Association of State and Local Libraries for his books on Strawbery Banke and the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel.
This program is generously sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
The Manchester Historic Association is a private 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’s 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 organization’s 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.  Please call (603) 622-7531 for more information, or visit the website
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Teens Robbed of I-pod/Cell Phone


MANCHESTER, NH- On Monday, February 11, 2013, at about 6:30 PM, Manchester Police responded to a Clay Street address for a report of a robbery.  On arrival, they met with two 16 year old Manchester teens who reported they had been the victims of a robbery a short time earlier on Somerville Street, near Belmont Street.


According to the boys, they were walking in the area when they were approached by two men, one of whom demanded their belongings, indicating his companion had a gun, although no gun was observed.


One of the boys surrendered his I-pod Nano and Galaxy S3 cell phone and the men left.  They were last seen leaving the area as passengers in an older, dark colored 4-door sedan operated by a third individual who was possibly wearing a red sweatshirt.


The first suspect was described as a white male in his forties, about 6’3” tall with a slender build and dark “stubble” on his face.  He was last seen wearing a dark colored vest and a green “beanie” style hat.  The second man, alleged to have possessed a gun, was described as a clean-shaven white male in his forties with an average height and build.  He was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt and khaki pants.


Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 668-8711.  Anonymous tips for cash rewards can be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at