Images of Modern America: Manchester, with Robert Perreault

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Explore Manchester with Robert Perreault, as he takes us on a picture tour of Manchester, NH of past and present through Images of Modern America: Manchester

Known as New Hampshire's "Queen City," Manchester could be called "Change City." Throughout its history, it has reinvented itself many times. From a Native American fishing and gathering place called Amoskeag to a Yankee colonial town known as Derryfield, it became a multiethnic industrial center, the "Manchester of America," home of the world-famous Amoskeag Manufacturing Company (1831-1936). When Amoskeag Manufacturing closed during the Depression, "the city that would not die" was reborn through more diversified industries that carried it through the post-World War II era. Several decades of urban renewal saw the demolition of many older buildings and entire neighborhoods. Lamenting the loss of Boston & Maine Railroad's Union Station and St. Mary's Bank's marble building, Manchester residents drew inspiration from the US bicentennial in 1976 to create a renaissance of interest in history and architecture, which brought about the adaptation to modern use of several remaining older structures. Yet more major losses came in 1978 and 1989 with the destruction of the State Theatre and Manchester's beloved Notre Dame Bridge.

About the author: Robert B. Perreault has worked as a research assistant/oral history interviewer, librarian/archivist, freelance writer, historical tour guide, public speaker, photographer, and conversational French teacher to promote Manchester's history and New England's Franco-American culture since 1973. His works of nonfiction and fiction, written in French, in English or in both languages, include six books and more than 160 articles, essays, and short stories published in the US, Canada and France.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
Manchester Cover Image
By Robert B. Perreault, Gary Samson (Foreword by)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781467127110
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arcadia Publishing (SC) - October 9th, 2017

Known as New Hampshire's "Queen City," Manchester could be called "Change City." Throughout its history, it has reinvented itself many times. From a Native American fishing and gathering place called Amoskeag to a Yankee colonial town known as Derryfield, it became a multiethnic industrial center, the "Manchester of America," home of the world-famous Amoskeag Manufacturing Company (1831-1936).


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