Manchester Millyard Museum
Manchester Millyard Museum
This special exhibit is part of the national celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial that commemorates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln in 1809. The exhibit focuses on Manchesterís connections to Lincoln, remembering in particular his important visit to the city in March of 1860, when he was hosted by prominent local politician and businessman Frederick Smyth. On display are photographs and artifacts from places that Lincoln visited in Manchester, and other Lincoln-related items, including materials related to the famous circus performer (and Manchester native) Commodore Nutt, who visited Lincoln in the White House. Also included is a Lincoln-Hamlin campaign flag; a mirror that reflected Lincoln's face in the casket on the Pullman railroad car that brought his remains to Springfield, Illinois; and a studio photograph of Lincoln that he gave to Manchester manufacturer Abraham Olzendam. The exhibit also explores Manchester myths and stories relating to Lincoln, the Civil War, and Manchester during the 1860s.
The Millyard Museum is housed in Mill No. 3 at the corner of Commercial and Pleasant Streets in the historic Amoskeag Millyard. The Museum features the permanent exhibit, Woven in Time: 11,000 Years at Amoskeag Falls, that tells the story of Manchester and the people who have lived and worked here. The story starts with the native peoples who fished at Amoskeag Falls 11,000 years ago. It continues with displays on the area's early farmers and lumbermen, and the beginnings of industry in the area. The exhibit continues with the story of the development of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. This powerful corporation would become the largest textile producing company in the world, employing over 17,000 people, including immigrants from many countries. The company's vast brick millyard still dominates the cityscape today. The story concludes in the 21st Century, as innovative businesses flourish in the city and new groups of immigrants come to Manchester to start new lives.
The exhibit features selections from the MHA's collection of over 600,000 documents and artifacts, including some old favorites like the 1844 "Torrent # 5" hand tub fire pumper and the neon sign from Sundial Shoes. There are activity stations for children, videos, a model of the Millyard, looms from the mills, an animated explanation of how water power works and a re-creation of Elm Street on a Thursday night - complete with lighted arches, "cobblestone" pavement, a variety of stores and the State Theatre gallery for changing exhibits.
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