The Arts

Millyard Museum to open “Queen City Quilts” exhibit Aug. 15

Thursday, August 3, 2017 John Clayton 0

“Quilts tell stories, and quilt history is full of myths and misinformation as well as heartwarming tales of service and tradition,” said Pam Weeks, who is curating the exhibit along with Marylou (Ashooh) Lazos. “This exhibit allows us to delve into world history, women’s history, industrial history, and just plain wonderful stories.” READ MORE

Millyard Museum Musings

Joe Nelson, 102: A giant among men, a savior of our millyard

Thursday, March 10, 2016 John Clayton 0

See, Joe fell in love with a pretty switchboard operator here in town – the former Ruth Ball from Lake Avenue – and when Ruth agreed to marry Joe and follow him back to New York where an engineering job awaited him, Joe vowed that, one day, he would bring her back to her home town. And again, for those of us who love the Millyard, it was serendipity. READ MORE

Millyard Museum Musings

Manchester’s Chase Homes: Affordable Housing for a ‘Wonderful Life’

Monday, February 29, 2016 John Clayton 2

It should come as no surprise that there were 800 applicants for the 30 new homes, since the going rate was $5.50 a week — no down payment — and to be on the safe side, the association also covered the cost of a $3,000 insurance policy on the man of the house “in order to safeguard widow and children in the event that calamity befall the breadwinner before the house is fully cleared.” READ MORE

Millyard Museum Musings

Sidewalks and streetlights, thanks to humble, heroic, teetotaling Mayor Frederick Smyth

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 John Clayton 0

His four terms as mayor were not without their controversies. City councilors balked at the extravagant notion of paying for city sidewalks, for example. Furthermore, Frederick Smyth’s efforts to upgrade conditions at the “House of Reformation for Juvenile Offenders ” were derided as “a $40,000 Palace for Prostitutes” – bet that headline got some pulses racing back in 1855 – but it was a time when Smyth was out of office, as was the case in July 1863, that his true commitment to public service was even more in evidence. READ MORE