Last updated: 5/13/2017
200 Bedford Street
Manchester, NH 03103
|Tuesday - Saturday||10 AM - 4 PM|
Students (): $6
Children (12-18): $4
Children 11 and under: Free
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John Clayton, Executive Director
phone: 603-622-7531 x223
Jeffrey Barraclough, Director of Operations
phone: 603-622-7531 x305
Kristy Ellsworth, Museum Educator
phone: 603-622-7531 x303
Daniel Peters, Research and Facilities Manager
phone: 603-622-7531 x304
Founded in 1896, the Manchester Historic Association is an independent, 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization with the mission to collect, preserve and share the history of Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. The Association operates the Millyard Museum and the Research Center, both of which are open to the general public. The Association presents a variety of public programs including lectures, walking tours and concerts, and also school programs for students from third grade through college.
Conscious that the achievements of its past leaders were becoming fast fading memories and concerned that the artifacts chronicling Manchester's growth from a village to an industrial city could soon vanish, a group of citizens established the Manchester Historic Association in 1896, fifty years after Manchester became New Hampshire's first city.Its founders began to collect, preserve, and share Manchester's history so that the growing, changing city would retain ties to its past.
Initially, the Association had no permanent home but existed through the regular meetings of its members who gathered in borrowed space.The organization soon acquired a small space in the city library to meet and store its collections.In 1931, through the generosity of local businessman and philanthropist Frank P. Carpenter, the Association built and opened its present Research Center and headquarters building on Amherst Street, facing Victory Park, in the heart of the city.
In 2001 the Historic Association opened the Millyard Museum in one of the renovated mill buildings of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company.It is home to the permanent exhibit, Woven in Time, 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls, that tells the story of Manchester from the time of the earliest settlement to the present time. This, and the museum's changing exhibits, include selections from the organization's vast collections. The Research Center, renovated in 2006, houses the Association's library and archives where the records of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company can be found along with archival collections of Manchester families, businesses and organizations.The Research Center maintains a large photograph collection, and has a collection of books, oral histories, ephemera, artwork ,manuscripts and other materials. Researchers may also access the Association's collections of Native American artifacts, and other types of historical objects through the auspices of the Research Center. The Association also provides educational programs for children and adults and organizes historic preservation initiatives.
The Manchester Historic Association is one of the city's most dynamic institutions and a significant force in Manchester's economic and cultural growth. The organization is active in the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, and it collaborates with other nonprofit organizations in many ways. It is supported by its members and other donors in the community, and also by corporate, government and foundation grants. The Manchester Historic Association also relies on the generosity of its volunteers and interns from local colleges and universities.
Visit the Millyard Museum to bring history to life for your students! The Manchester Historic Association provides educational programs that enhance classroom learning. Topics explored in the Millyard Museum include Native Peoples, early European settlement, the textile industry, water power, labor struggles, immigration, child labor, inventors and inventions, etc.
Programs are adaptable for grades K-12. The programs may be used to enliven studies of science, literature, social studies, mathematics, and art. They are appropriate for public and private schools, camp groups, home school groups and Scout troops. Each program is adaptable to your needs. If there is a topic your group would like to further explore, we would be happy to discuss how we can incorporate that topic into your program.
For more information about school programs, please call Kristy Ellsworth, Museum Educator at (603) 622-7531, ext. 303.
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The Manchester Historic Association welcomes you to have your next business or private event at the Millyard Museum, located at 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH.
What type of events can you hold at the Millyard Museum?
Business meetings, Dinners, Fundraisers, Seminars, Special occasions—weddings, anniversaries, etc.
Note: The maximum number of people for a seated event is 100 (auditorium style) or 60 (for a catered dinner)
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