Manchester Historical Society

Manchester Historical Society Keeping Manchester's Past Alive Through Preservation and Education.
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Jigsaw puzzle https://jigex.com/64oW of our Town Hall, early 1960s, photo by Sinch Ofiara. Read more about our Town Hall...
05/25/2020

Jigsaw puzzle https://jigex.com/64oW of our Town Hall, early 1960s, photo by Sinch Ofiara. Read more about our Town Hall:http://www.manchesterhistory.org/Flyers/Flyer_HiddenGemsTownCenter.pdf

This week's quiz from the State Historian. Fun!
05/25/2020

This week's quiz from the State Historian. Fun!

Cheney Homestead Museum
05/22/2020

Cheney Homestead Museum

A recipe for "Queen of Puddings", from the personal files of Anne Wells Cheney (1849-1944). Anne lived in the now "missing" mansion formerly at 80 Hartford Road, bordering the Cheney Homestead. Sounds tasty, but we haven't tried using this recipe yet. If you do, let us know how it went! To read more about Anne and the mansion, read the document at the included link.http://www.manchesterhistory.org/Flyers/AnneChenFlyer.pdf

Golf at the Manchester Country Club and other, long gone, golf courses: http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/GolfBy...
05/21/2020

Golf at the Manchester Country Club and other, long gone, golf courses:http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/GolfByBobK5.3.2020.pdf

Check out this fun jigsaw puzzle of a Downtown photo by Sinch Ofiara. https://jigex.com/iuQM Caution, the puzzle is timi...
05/16/2020

Check out this fun jigsaw puzzle of a Downtown photo by Sinch Ofiara. https://jigex.com/iuQM Caution, the puzzle is timing you!

The Almshouse (poorhouse) on East Middle Turnpike -- records from 1895-1898.  http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/...
05/14/2020

The Almshouse (poorhouse) on East Middle Turnpike -- records from 1895-1898. http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/AlmsHouse1895-1898.pdf

Manchester doesn't have a top-ten demolition on this Revolutionary War property list, but in 2012  we did lose the John ...
05/13/2020
Top Ten Demolished Houses of Revolutionary War-Era Connecticut - Journal of the American Revolution

Manchester doesn't have a top-ten demolition on this Revolutionary War property list, but in 2012 we did lose the John Olds house, corner of Slater St. and Tolland Turnpike, despite the valiant efforts of the Historical Society and Vivian Ferguson, town historian at the time. The house was taken down by Glastonbury Restoration Company, with the intent of selling all or part of it to be reassembled. John Olds was a Revolutionary War veteran and activist for Manchester's incorporation as a town separate from East Hartford. More info about the house and other Tolland Turnpike landmarks: http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/MHS3_TollandTnpk.html

This story is the unfortunate flip side of “Top Ten Revolutionary War Patriot Homes in Connecticut”: the most significant Connecticut houses demolished in the...

Connecticut Explored
05/13/2020
Connecticut Explored

Connecticut Explored

From our archives for #HistoricPreservationMonth -

CT mill towns were often owned by a single company, which would build and manage housing, stores, schools, parks, libraries, social halls, banks, and utilities. For more than 100 years, these industries thrived, but in the Great Depression of the 1930s, dozens of companies across the state were forced to shed their non-industrial real estate in order to receive federal bankruptcy protection and loan assistance. For the Cheney Brothers Silk Company of South Manchester, Connecticut, that meant selling 245 residential properties in a three-day auction in September 1937.

Full story:
www.ctexplored.org/the-cheney-company-housing-auction-of-1937/

1929 -- ticket to a hop! Thanks, Cheryl Knight. And check out the 1929 yearbook on our website: http://www.manchesterhis...
05/09/2020

1929 -- ticket to a hop! Thanks, Cheryl Knight. And check out the 1929 yearbook on our website:http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/SOMANHIS-1929-1.pdf Thanks to Bob Gauthier for scanning.

Virtual Tea via Zoom -- all welcome to a 3:00 p.m. Monday tea-time conversation with Master Gardeners Bettylou Sandy and...
05/07/2020

Virtual Tea via Zoom -- all welcome to a 3:00 p.m. Monday tea-time conversation with Master Gardeners Bettylou Sandy and Deb Prior, on gardening topics, past and present! We'll try to get to everyone’s questions. For those new to Zoom, you can enter the Zoom Meeting Room at 2:45pm for a Zoom intro, by clicking https://zoom.us/j/95072286386. Meeting ID: 950 7228 6386. Zoom instructions are available right on the meeting display, or see these Zoom instructions on our website:http://www.manchesterhistory.org/ZoomInstructions.pdf Or phone in: One tap mobile
+13126266799,,95072286386# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,95072286386# US (New York)
We plan to host virtual teas on various history topics on Mondays at 3:00 p.m. P.S. The pictured Russell Cheney painting of Mary Cheney's garden is on a wall at the Downtown library.

1980 high school yearbook available on our website: http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/1980SOMANHIS.pdf
05/06/2020

1980 high school yearbook available on our website:http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/1980SOMANHIS.pdf

Announcers and Round Table singers in the 1972 yearbook, online at http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/1972Somanhi...
05/05/2020

Announcers and Round Table singers in the 1972 yearbook, online athttp://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/1972Somanhis.pdf

From the 1966 yearbook, on our website thanks to Bob Gauthier! http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/1966SOMANHIS.pd...
05/04/2020

From the 1966 yearbook, on our website thanks to Bob Gauthier!http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/1966SOMANHIS.pdf

1953 Varsity M club, larger picture here: http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/1953MHS.Lettermen.pdf and see the en...
05/03/2020

1953 Varsity M club, larger picture here:http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/1953MHS.Lettermen.pdf and see the entire 1953 yearbook:http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/1953Somanhis.pdf

William L. Buckland moved to Manchester in 1894. He owned a department store in the North End and an undertaking busines...
04/28/2020

William L. Buckland moved to Manchester in 1894. He owned a department store in the North End and an undertaking business. Read more about him in this bio in the 1908 special Bridge edition http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/MHS3_HartfordBridge_WilliamBuckland.html The name of the souvenir edition was: "Dedication New Connecticut River Bridge" and it was published in American Enterprise Souvenir, East Hartford, Connecticut. More info about the new bridge, plus bios of "important" figures at the time: http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/MHS3_HartfordBridge_Home.html

Our neighbors, in historic Coventry --
04/27/2020

Our neighbors, in historic Coventry --

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: COVENTRY, CT

The Estate of Adelma Grenier Simmons in conjunction with the Town of Coventry are seeking proposals for the adaptive re-use of the 60+ acre former Caprilands property located at 534 Silver Street. The goal is to facilitate an adaptive re-use that honors the intentions of the Will of Ms. Simmons, work to preserve and rehabilitate the significant historic structures on the property, continue the legacy of Caprilands as a center for agriculture and education, and promote the rich history of ‘agri-tourism’ at the property.

Sealed proposals must be received by May 11, 2020. Visit our website for the full bid documents: https://preservationct.org/coventry-534-silver-street

Photos credit: Town of #Coventry and Conditions Assessment by Evelyn Cole Smith Architects, LLC

Villa Louisa ad in the 1946 directory, available on our website, thanks ALWAYS to Bob Gauthier! http://www.manchesterhis...
04/26/2020

Villa Louisa ad in the 1946 directory, available on our website, thanks ALWAYS to Bob Gauthier!http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/1946ManchDirectory.pdf

Ad for Royal Ice Cream in the 1934 Directory, available on our website thanks to Bob Gauthier for scanning: http://www.m...
04/26/2020

Ad for Royal Ice Cream in the 1934 Directory, available on our website thanks to Bob Gauthier for scanning:http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/1934ManchesterDirectoryPrice&Lee.pdf

In 1934, local historian and author Mathias Spiess published "The Story of Wunnee-Neetunah, or the Life of an Indian Pri...
04/25/2020

In 1934, local historian and author Mathias Spiess published "The Story of Wunnee-Neetunah, or the Life of an Indian Princess in Connecticut," a blend of fiction and factual locations. Read the whole book:http://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/WunneeBook.pdf Thank you to member Mark Abraitis for donating a copy of the book to our archives in 2019.

100 years ago, soccer season opened on 4/25/1920. Forest House is the boarding house in the background of the John Knoll...
04/22/2020

100 years ago, soccer season opened on 4/25/1920. Forest House is the boarding house in the background of the John Knoll photo. Morehttp://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/FouracresBoardingHouse.pdf

From the State Historian.
04/22/2020
Connecticut State Historian

From the State Historian.

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100 years ago -- baseball season opens. The Manchester high team plays Meriden at the "Cooper St. grounds," also known a...
04/21/2020

100 years ago -- baseball season opens. The Manchester high team plays Meriden at the "Cooper St. grounds," also known as 4 Acres and West Side Oval. Bronkie's Bumpers play East Hartford there, and as "the first battle of the season, it is expected that legions of cohorts will follow from Manchester to cheer on their team to victory." Herman Bronkie is in the Manchester Sports Hall of Fame: http://www.manchesterhistory.org/MHS3_Sports_Hall_Honor_Roll.html

Cutting down the last of the chestnut trees, 100 years ago, 4/25/1920. The elm blight had appeared 5 years earlier. Fast...
04/19/2020

Cutting down the last of the chestnut trees, 100 years ago, 4/25/1920. The elm blight had appeared 5 years earlier. Fast forward to about 1972, no elms at all in this "Save Case Mt" brochure, on our websitehttp://www.manchesterhistory.org/reprints/CaseMtBrochure.pdf

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Buy your copy of BDS, and you may win a new car! (Maybe. I don’t know; it could Beyond Delmont Street: The High School Years
I was wondering if you might have any information on the Little Theater of Manchester? My mom, Mary Bonham was very involved with the group in the early 60's. My family would love any information, news articles or pictures you might have concerning the group and or my mom. Thank you in advance
Good afternoon, I’m wondering if any members of this page have any old pictures of the Finley/Bolton Center road area? Trying to locate pictures of our house #32. Dave Smith at the historical society did a bit of research and found a pic from 1986 but they don’t have any info prior to 1940’s and the house was built in 1925. The Highter family lived here the longest. We are starting a remodel and would very much like to restore the exterior to its original look. Thank you in advance and a big thank you to all who post pics! I love reminiscing about the town I grew up in and my Mom, a life-long Manchester resident really enjoys them as well and in turn, is teaching my kids history they’ll actually listen too 🥰 #rootsareimportant