The following items are taken from ongoing "Manchester Historical Society Updates and Activities" messages which are periodically sent out to Society members.

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From 11/03/2015: New on our web site -- Two items...
• A flyer about the "Hall of Records" building, now the Probate Court, with information about the aedicule* inside the front door. Did you know you can visit the building during business hours -- like the Town Hall, which is across the street -- and see first-hand an 1896 building designed by architects Hapgood and Hapgood? The flyer can be accessed by clicking Probate Court Flyer,; and there are a couple of pictures below -- the one on the right is the *aedicule.

   



• Also quite new on our web site, scanned Historic and Architectural surveys that have information on hundreds of buildings in Manchester. You can look up either by section of town (West Side, Manchester Green, etc.) or by street. It was a huge project by some very dedicated volunteers!

From 09/16/2015: New on our web site -- A 130-page resource book about the Buckland section of Manchester, written by Gladys S. Adams (1910-2001), independent scholar and researcher. Takes a moment to download. You can access it by clicking Buckland, the Northwest Section of Manchester. Read about the early settlers, brownstone quarry, tobacco farmers, pony rides, and more.

From 09/03/2015: New on our web site -- Two reprints from the not-too-distant past:
1978 "Manchester Fire Department 90th Anniversary". A booklet with history and photos for the Eighth Utilities District volunteer fire department. Thanks to Bob Hetzel for donating and to Bob Gauthier for scanning for the web site.

"Yesterday and Today" 1978-1979 Annual Report Town of Manchester. A 40-page booklet with photos and listings of prior year's activities, departments, expenditures, etc. A mini-history of the previous year, including, on page 26, "...the Town is planning to initiate a '911' system as a method of calling for emergency services."

From 08/03/2015: New on our web site -- Historic and Architectural Resource Surveys, prepared for the Town of Manchester during the 1990s. Many houses are described and illustrated, along with bits of history about Manchester's "villages" -- such as The Green and The North End. Thanks to the work of Jim Hall, Kathie Smith, Robert Bernobich, and Bob Gauthier, you can look up info about many of our Town buildings. You can either browse or look up by address. Tell us what you think!

From 06/30/2015: New and interesting on our web site --
• The Parkade, dating back nearly 60 years now, has a photo page on our web site, at Parkade Memories. We'd like to include your photos, too -- just email to me at the "reply to" address.

• Recently added vintage reprints include:
> 1946 Manchester Directory. A 716-page search-able reference book, published by Price and Lee, listing businesses and residents and containing advertisements. Takes a moment to download. Thanks to Bob Gauthier for scanning for the web site. FABULOUS resource for historians and genealogists.

> 1978 "Manchester Fire Department 90th Anniversary". A booklet with history and photos for the Eighth Utilities District volunteer fire department.

> "Yesterday and Today" 1978-1979 Annual Report Town of Manchester. A 40-page booklet with photos and listings of prior year's activities, departments, expenditures, etc. A mini-history of the previous year, including, on page 26, "...the Town is planning to initiate a '911' system as a method of calling for emergency services.

> Cheney Mills: Lessons From Ancestors". A unique magazine article by Thomas E. Myers, Cheney family descendant.

> Great Lawn in "Traveler from a Small Kingdom" by Emily Cheney Neville 1919-1997, who grew up in the Howell Cheney house on the Great Lawn. She describes life in South Manchester in the 1927-1930 era. A flyer about a wonderful book.