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October, 2017 • President Jack Prior's updates on Society events, properties, fundraising, etc. Woodbridge barn open house events Russell Cheney painting of Homestead returns from France Dancing with Celebrities 9/17/2017 a big success • Meet intern James Guilette Homestead news by Peter Millet "With a Grain of Salt" reminiscence column by Bob Kanehl • Passing of member and volunteer Dorothy Tomlinson • Events calendar.
June, 2017 • President Jack Prior's updates on Society activities, need for funds and support, etc. • Donated to the Society: an eight-foot tall Timothy Cheney clock, made in Manchester during the period 1750-1783 School children visit our museums during May Woodbridge barn restoration nearly complete and public welcome to Sunday open houses this summer and fall Thanks to volunteers, with listing of 2016 workers • Genealogy group, Homestead, and other upcoming activities • Statement of finances • Passing of members Jean and Lou Kocsis, Bob Harrison, Frances Forde • "Mystique of Silk" exhibit continues.
February, 2017 • President Jack Prior's updates on Society events, properties, etc. Weaving classes at History Center in March Profile of new Board member Dick Borden Astronaut street names described • Genealogy group, Homestead, and other upcoming activities • Jake Cheney drawings sought • Passing of member Mike Nimirowski and former Woodbridge tenant Barbara Bawwab • "Mystique of Silk" exhibit continues • Events calendar Thanks to donors to annual fund-raising gala.
November, 2016 • New President, Jack Prior, thanks outgoing officers and board members, provides updates on Society properties and describes his background and the Society's need for volunteers • Christmas gift items in our museum store • "Pat's Garden" stone at Woodbridge farmstead memorializes volunteer Pat Matrick • Wish List: Dinner plates, Woodbridge farmstead sub-committee volunteers • Photos of guests at the October annual dinner meeting • Introducing the sculpture project, honoring important contributors to the community • Streets named after 1922-era motorcars: Chalmers, Maxwell, Overland, and Packard • Premiere of "447 Tango Down" by author Walter Scadden performed November 6 at History Center • Death of long-time member Marie Miller • Listing new officers, directors, and introducing new Society directors Diane Sheehan-Burns and Peter Millet • Seeking donations to annual fund and gift memberships • Events calendar • Gala invitation.
September, 2016 • President Dennis Gleeson's updates on Society events, properties, new officers • A huge gift from Alexandra Learned Preston • Landfear organ returns to Manchester • Invitation to annual dinner and annual membership meeting • Passing of long time member Frances Smith • "Mystique of Silk" exhibit -- illustrated Cheney silk ads from 1920s to 1930s from collection of Carol Cheney • Events calendar.
June, 2016 • President Dennis Gleeson's thanks to volunteers; updates on Society properties, WWI exhibit, and upcoming Cheney family reunion • Students' visits to the historic district during May include using the antique voting booth to elect the next President • Recap of recent Apron Tea fundraiser • Profile of inventor Christopher Miner Spencer (1833-1922) • Passing of long time member Shirley Swain • Acknowledgement of donors to annual gala fundraiser in December 2015 • Updates on WWI exhibit and Woodbridge barn preservation • Events calendar.
March, 2016 • President Dennis Gleeson's updates on Society properties including progress on the restoration of the Woodbridge barn and installation of interior storm windows at the History Center with a grant from United Illuminating Co. • Upcoming talk "Historical Perspectives on the 1916 Easter Rising" • Wish List: WWI artifacts, hospitality items, volunteers • Photos of guests at the December 2015 gala • Genealogy group news • Profile of Manchester inventor Horace Wickham (1836-1914) • Acknowledgement of volunteers • Woodbridge barn preservation • Events calendar.
November, 2015 • President Dennis Gleeson's updates on Society properties, need for volunteers, invitation to come visit • Holiday Gala and Open House • New ornament, fourth in a series of historic landmarks -- this year, the Cheney Homestead • Genealogy group news • WWI items sought for exhibit • Meet the new directors, and welcome new members from far and wide • Woodbridge barn preservation • Picture page: annual dinner, Homestead grounds clean-up, newly painted Old Manchester Museum • Death of long-time officer and member Marsha Gunther (1940-2015) and honorary member Robert Weiss (1922-2015) • Annual meeting report • Increase in membership dues • Cheney employee personnel records online • Events calendar.
September, 2015 • President Dennis Gleeson's message • Holiday Gala & Auction • Invitation to annual member meeting and annual dinner October 3 • Genealogy group news • WWI items sought for exhibit • "Walking the Beat" memoir of patrolling Downtown Main Street by retired police officer John McParland • New siding on the 1901 Cheney Fire Station • Update on Woodbridge barn restoration • Death of long-time member Mary Ann Lawler • Intern Corinne Gabriele describes her summer's work • Preservation award winners • Events calendar.
May, 2015 • President Dennis Gleeson's message • "100 Years Ago" Manchester's John Moore Survives Lusitania Sinking • Museum schedule change to second Sunday opening • Genealogy group news • WWI items sought for exhibit • Society's 50th anniversary • Tours underway for schoolchildren • Additions to Feb. listing of 2014 donors and volunteers • Death of long-time members Anne Miller and Lorraine Peterman • Civil War notes • Events calendar • Woodbridge barn restoration project.
February, 2015 • President Dennis Gleeson's message • "Now & Then" column by Eileen Sweeney • Genealogy group news • Manchester street names • Listings of 2014 donors and volunteers • Death of long-time member John Malone, M.D. • Civil War notes • Events calendar.
November, 2014 • President Dennis Gleeson's message • Results of 2014 annual meeting • Meet new members of the Historical Society board of directors: Karen DePauw, Brenda Lowther, Kent Schwendy • "Miracle Workers" booklet republished • Death of former Presidents Richard Egan and Al Harris; death of members and volunteers: Marian Camp, Anna Litke, Pat Matrick • Cheney Homestead repairs • Invitation to "Winter Wonderland" gala December 5 • Civil War notes • Events calendar.
September, 2014 • Woodbridge barn restoration • Message from Dennis Gleeson, Society President, about building projects recently accomplished and in process • Keeney Schoolhouse roof replacement with $3,500 donation from Highland Park Family Foundation • "Winter Wonderland" gala December 5 • Civil War notes • Events calendar.
May, 2014 • Grames Printing and The Courier • Message from Dennis Gleeson, Society President, with building projects recently accomplished and in process • Woodbridge Farm Garden • District Tours for schoolchildren • Helping the public reconnect, get to know each other, volunteer, and conduct research • Survey of what members would like the Society to do • Civil War notes • List of upcoming events.
February, 2014 • Passing of John Dormer, former Treasurer and President of the Society • Message from Dennis Gleeson, Society President • Annual appeal seeks donations • Legacy of the late Anne Beechler and her $250,000 bequest • New members welcomed • Genealogy Group notes • Civil War notes • Invitation to Annual Dinner on May 2 • Death of member Terry Werkhoven • List of upcoming events.
November, 2013 • Cheney silk mill relationships around the world • Message from Dennis Gleeson, newly elected Society President • Review of annual meeting, held October 20, 2013 and review of recent events: Chat with Past, Mill Mixer, and Industrial Art Exhibit • All invited to December 6 gala • Woodbridge house holiday ornament for sale • Genealogy Group notes • Civil War notes • Death of member Charles Genovese • List of upcoming events.
September, 2013 • 1913 School Fire commemorated • Woodbridge farmstead renovations • Introducing Mike Forino and Ann Lucente in their new roles • Recognition of volunteers Joe & Joanne Hachey as they relocate to Maine • Genealogy group's monthly programs • All invited to December 6 gala • Industrial Art of Brian Walter exhibit at History Center • Civil War notes • Death of members Kenneth Herbele and James Tierney • List of upcoming events.
May, 2013 • Eileen Sweeney new executive director • Heritage Day grounds tours of Woodbridge farmstead • Schoolchildren tour the museums during May • Eagle Scout project restores outhouse at Keeney Schoolhouse • Genealogy group's monthly programs • List of financial donors, membership news, addition to our collections, news about the December gala • Coupon for volunteers: 20% off at the Museum Store • Civil War notes • List of upcoming events.
February, 2013 • Celebrating our volunteers • Marsha Gunther assumes role of Society President • Report by Executive Director with a call for volunteers for our tours for school children during May • April 14 program about the Cheney property auction • Thanking the donors to our successful annual Gala. • News from the December open house, genealogy group and upcoming annual dinner on April 26 • Coupon for volunteers: 20% off at the Museum Store • Civil War notes • Death of members Anne Beechler, Quentin Mangun, Carl Matson • List of upcoming events.
November, 2012 • Mary Dunne elected the Society's President • Reports by Executive Director and Past President, and report of October 2012 annual meeting • Civil War and War of 1812 notes • Invitation to 9th annual gala on December 7 and to the December 1 open house • New director Emily Bloom • Death of our member and patron Tom Cheney • New member list • Research on History Center by Michael Forino, CCSU Public History graduate student • New holiday ornament with drawing of our History Center • List of upcoming events.
September, 2012 • Severe threat to Center Memorial Park • 600 students tour Historical Society landmarks during May; student's question sparks research about the 1895 fire at the old Cheney Machine Shop; thanking the school-tour volunteers • Invitation to 9th annual gala on December 7 • New director Joe Sobanski • Eagle Scout project: walls for loom room • Civil War notes • Iona mixer anecdote • Pitkin Glass Works news • Greek Revival-style rectory at St. Bridget church threatened with demolition • Executive director's report • List of upcoming events • List of members who recently passed away.
May, 2012 • Welcoming Mary M. Donohue, new executive director; column by Mary • John Olds house gone • Importance of preservation • New director Dennis Gleeson • Genealogy group meets second Tuesday of each month • Civil War notes • List of new Gorman Brothers exhibit at Old Manchester Museum and of events, including Salvation Army 125th anniversary on May 19, tag sales at Woodbridge Farmstead May 25-26 and History Center June 2-10 • List of members who recently passed away.
February, 2012 • $20,000 Grant from Timken Foundation to restore wooden floors at History Center • Woodbridge barn restoration • Tom & Carol Cheney's visit to the Homestead • New resources on web site • Thanks to Gala donors and to our volunteers • Homestead repainted • Civil War notes • List of upcoming events including formation of a new genealogy group and a win-win tag sale • Listing of new members, wish list for volunteers, and list of members who recently passed away.
November, 2011 • Pitkin wagon visits East Granby • Eagle Scout project: wheelchair ramp installation at entrance to History Center loom area • President's report of fiscal year 2010-2011 • Preservation issues and threats • Cheney Tech students and instructor complete a wiring project in loom room • Newly published book about Manchester Road Race • 8th Annual gala tickets available • Photo of Tom & Vivian Ferguson, whose September talk at the History Center was well received by a large audience • List of upcoming events, need for volunteers, yearbooks wanted
September, 2011 • Storm damage at Society's properties • "Flat Stanley" caper • Preservation issues and threats • Spencer rifles and other history notes • President's report • Generous grants received from: Cheney Family Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for exterior paint at the Homestead; CT Trust for Historic Preservation Barn Program to preserve the 18th-century barn at the Woodbridge Farmstead; Manchester Road Race Committee for asbestos abatement at the History Center's future exhibit space • Listing of new members, upcoming events, quilt at auction, giant tag sale in October, web site news, colorful tee-shirts in museum store, and members who recently passed away
May, 2011 • Noontime walks at Center Memorial Park to focus attention on preserving the park from additional building and paving • Historic District tours for schoolchildren throughout May • Exhibits on John Knoll, transportation, and leser-known hometown products featured in exhibits at Old Manchester Museum • Civil War and other history notes from 90 and 100 years ago • Eagle Scout project in loom room • Listing of new members, recent volunteers, upcoming events, donations, and members who recently passed away
February, 2011 • Great Lawn walk on New Year's Day attracts good attendance • Cheney Homestead cleanup and news • History notes from 150 and 100 years ago • Artifacts and photos sought for upcoming Civil War exhibit at the Old Manchester Museum • Volunteers sought, listing of new members, recent volunteers, upcoming events, including a volunteer breakfast and week-long tag sale, members who recently passed away
November, 2010 • Woodbridge Farmstead large bequest • Announcing seventh annual gala December 3 • Building improvements by Eagle Scouts and Howell Cheney Tech School students • Tours of historic district appreciated by school students who sent colorful thank-you notes to the Society • President's report, new members, upcoming events, members who recently passed away
September, 2010 • Woodbridge Farmstead in Transition • Cheney Dye House conversion to apartments • District tours for school children • Results of special member meeting about bylaw changes and establishment of a an endowment fund • Heritage Day • Upcoming activities, members and volunteers who recently passed away; wish list of building maintenance items needed by Society
May, 2010 • National recognition for Case brothers historic district • Exhibit at museum: 100 years of Boy Scouts • Hilliardville memories sought • Notice of special member meeting on Sunday, June 27 at 2 p.m. at the History Center to approve bylaw change and a resolution to create an endowment fund • Carpenters' volunteer work on floor in loom room at History Center • Giant tag sale; description of thank-you party for window fund donors; wish list of items needed by Society, new melodeon; other newsbriefs
February, 2010 • Center Memorial Park threatened • Window project a big success • Homestead spruced up • Meet new directors • Saluting our volunteers • Benjamin Lyman account book of 1837-1850 donated to Historical Society • Museum store expanded hours • 100 Years ago in the "South Manchester News" • Welcoming new members.
November, 2009 • Tribute to Thelmas Woodbridge (1911-2009) • Window preservation at History Center • New heating system at Cheney Homestead • List of donors October 2008 to September 2009 • Comments from children's school tours • Dancing bear statue anniversary coffeemug • Children's Living History program at Homestead with Fireside Patriots.
May, 2009 • Recognition of Highland Park section of Manchester by Connecticut Historic Preservation Board • Origin of certain street names in Manchester • Center Park renamed Center Memorial Park • Murder in Manchester, book about 1919 Cheney Brothers Silk Robbery published by local historian Walter Scadden • Woodland Gardens' 70th anniversary • Two Eagle Scout projects benefiting the Society • Fireside Patriots, 19th century living historians and their activities.
February, 2009 • History of Manchester Green and Old Manchester III Manchester Green ... A Picture Book • Cataloging activities of Society intern Joe Sobanski • Upcoming lecture on impact of Civil War on Manchester industry, including importance of gun industry and Spencer repeating rifle • Continuing need for and appreciation of volunteers • Updates on Society's television shows on Cox Cable, including one about Manchester's origins before it became a town in 1823.
November, 2008 • Volunteer of the Year award to Joe Lawler and the Historical Society's continuing need for volunteers and docents • Curator report on completed restoration of Spanish American War flags, four Seth Cheney pieces still out for conservation, and donations recently received • Second article on history of Manchester Fire Department • Opening of new Museum Store • Upcoming program on history of Manchester Road Race • John Olds House on Tolland on State Register of Historic Places property • Updates on Society's television shows on Cox Cable on Saturdays.
September, 2008 • Report on progress of window restoration drive for Manchester History Center • Concern over Manchester's development • Upcoming Bruce Stave lecture on history of University of Connecticut • First of two-part article on history of Manchester Fire Department • Grant from Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation to study barn at Woodbridge Farmstead • History of local Grames Printing • Eagle Scout project at History Center • Recent community presentations of Manchester history.
May, 2008 • Start of "No Pane, No Gain" window restoration drive for Manchester History Center • New exhibits, including Shakers in America, antique voting machine, and Korean War • Loan of several Russell Cheney paintings for display in Portsmouth, New Hampshire • Upcoming Heritage Day activities • History of Royal Ice Cream and family behind it • Updates on Society's television shows on Cox Cable on Saturdays, including one about Pitkin Glassworks.
February, 2008 • Essay on beauty and history of Wyllys Falls • Request for Korean War artifacts for Old Manchester Museum • Continuing need for volunteers and docents • Exhibit "Celebrating Manchester's Women" • Updates on Historical Society's televsion shows on Cox Cable on Saturdays, including Manchester Road Race and Cheney Railroad (Silk Along Steel).
November, 2007 • Donation of medals, trophies and memorabilia of Manchester native and Olympian Joe McCluskey • Early Manchester Road Race article, and donation of a scrapbook of early races • Death of long-time Historical Society volunteer Mark Sutcliffe • Updates on Historical Society's televsion shows on Cox Cable on Saturdays, including most recent, on Connecticut geology.
September, 2007 • Town of Manchester agrees to $50,000 Community Development Block Grant for purchase and installation of heating and air conditioning system at History Center [grant rescinded when Federal review said project ineligible] • Two skylights in roof of Scalamandré loom exhibit • President's column on making ends meet while Historical Society continues to grow • Resignation of Executive Director Mary Dunne • Activities of summer intern Ashley Reichelt • Report on the Loom Project • Description of new exhibits at History Center • Historical Society's television show on Cox Cable, including "Return to Hilliardville" and others.
May 2007 • Events during Pride in Manchester Week and Heritage Day • Update on Scalamandré Loom Project •Oral history workshop to be led by Susan Barlow • Roof replacement progress • New booklet published by Historical Society, Customs and Incidents of Early Days in Manchester Reminiscences about a South Manchester Boyhood in the Post-Civil War Era by E.L. Bidwell • Updates on Historical Society's television show on Cox Cable television on Saturday nights, including the Garden Club's 80th anniversary.
February, 2007 • Planning for installation of Scalamandré looms (see May 2005 Courier for receipt of the looms and spooler, donated by Anthony Viscogliosi • Art Gala Auction and Sale • Various fund drives and what they support.
November, 2006 • Historical Society has gifts for holidays, commemorating Manchester's past and present • Need for small donations • Participation in walking and historic tours • Progress report on Manchester History Center restoration: window and roof replacements, caterer's kitchen installation • Manchester Cooks for Special Occasions follow-on to Manchester Cooks! cookbook now available.
September, 2006 • Town Directors agree to the recommendation of the Connecticut Attorney General's office to preserve three Bennet School buildings on Main Street, formerly slated for demolition • Pitkin Glassworks products • Request for donations of family photo collections • History of charcoal production in Connecticut hills • Updates on Historical Society's Cox Cable televsion show, including "On My Honor," a history of local Girl Scouting, and previous shows.
May 2006 • Fate of three Bennet School buildings on Main Street now rests with State Attorney General • Continuing need for volunteers and docents • Request for recipes for upcoming follow-on to Manchester Cooks! cookbook • Acquisition to collection of mailboxes and postmaster's desk from Manchester Green Post Office • Welcome to Ezequiel "Memo" Alejandro to the Historical Society Board • Upcoming lecture on Civil War Chaplain Joseph Hopkins Twitchell.
February, 2006 • Possible demolition of three of four Bennet School buildings • Announcement of "Old House Fair 2006" with workshops and lectures on preservation of old buildings • Historical Society members help on Hurricane Katrina relief • Brenda Paullo appointed Volunteer Coordinator • Updates on Historical society's Cox Cable show, "The Hispanic Experience" and previous shows.
November, 2005 • Meet John Dormer, new president of Manchester Historical Society • Holiday activities -- open house and wreath gala • Spotlight on Cheney Homestead collection • Part 2 of essay about Manchester Civil War General John Lord Otis, 10th Connecticut Volunteers • Updates on Historical Society's Cox Cable show, "Hilliardville," "Hockanum River," "100th Anniversary of Center Park," and previous shows • News briefs and activities.
September, 2005 • 40th anniversary of Manchester Historical Society • Reminiscences of outgoing Historical society President Dave Smith • Exhibits celebrating Manchester's Hispanic community • Eileen Jacobs Sweeney new Development Director • Manchester Civil War General John Lord Otis, 10th Connecticut Volunteers • Updates on Historical Society's Cox Cable show, "75 Years of Music" and previous shows.
May 2005 • Donation of four looms and spooler from textile manufacturer Scalamandré and the planned exhibit • Welcome to Thomas Ferguson to Historical Society Board of Directors • Death of long-time Historical Society treasurer and volunteerGert Sweeney • Updates on Society's Cox Cable show, "East Side Treasures" and previous shows.
February, 2005 • "Old House Fair 2005" with talks by Bob Yapp of PBS series About Your Old House With Bob Yapp • Need for "on call" volunteers • Sale of Cheney Mills in 1955 • Vivian Ferguson named Manchester'sHistorian • Need for museum docents • Updates on the Society's Cox Cable show, including "Historic Oak Grove" and previous shows.
November, 2004 • Receipt of a federally-funded $200,000 grant from Save America's Treasures for repairing roof of History Center • holiday gift and exhibit ideas and items • Request for construction volunteers • Request for Manchester Road Race memorabilia.
September, 2004 • Recently demolished house at 91 Union Street, one of the earliest "mill houses" in the country • Conservation of Manchester Civil War Monument • Challenges of exhibiting donated items • Donation of former mill-worker interview transcripts • Membership Satisfaction survey results • Charming places of Manchester.
May 2004 • Preservation of historic Bennet Middle School, formerly known as Education Square • Welcome of Carolyn Kaufman as part-time Development Director • Cheney Homestead roof replacement • Cheney Homestead Preservation Achievement recognition • Docent volunteer need • Manchester's links to the disastrous July, 1944 Hartford Circus fire • Bequests and membership lists • Recent Historical Society television shows.
February, 2004 • Archaeological excavations and results at Pitkin GlassWorks site • Cheney Homestead roof replacement update • Continuing call for Docent volunteers • Shady Glen Restaurant and Reig family • Recent bequests and acquisitions • Great Lawn, central part of Cheney mansion district • Updates on Historical Society's television shows on Cox Cable.
November, 2003 • Holiday Open House exhibits and special features • Status of Cheney Homestead repair fundraiser activities • Courier now available on Historical Society's web site • Request for vintage clothing donations • Results of first consignment auction • Updates on Historical Society's television program, including "Hazel Lutz and Her Museum" and other shows • Member awards and activities of note.
September, 2003 • MHS receives three-year $90,000 seed grant to hire Executive Director • Mary Bellor Dunne selected as new Executive Director • Old Manchester Museum's new, expanded hours • Progress on the Machine Shop exhibit • Request for items for the first Antiques Auction • Request for new Docent volunteers • 25th Anniversary of Cheney Brothers National Historic Landmark District • Exhibits on Manchester's Connection to Aviation since 1854 • Updates on Historical Society's television show.

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