Historic Association names honorary chair of 2019 Preservation Awards

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MANCHESTER, NH — The Manchester Historic Association has announced that Matthew Albuquerque, the award-winning founder and President of Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, will serve as Honorary Chair of the 2019 Historic Preservation Awards to be held May 21 at St. Anselm College.

“Matt represents the absolute nexus of the past and the future as it plays out in our historic Millyard,” said John Clayton, who is executive director of the MHA and Millyard Museum.

“His passion for our city’s history comes through with every visit to his corporate headquarters at the Langdon Mill at 155 Dow Street,” Clayton added, “and the life-changing products created by Matt and his team are helping to bring a vitality to the Millyard unseen since the heyday of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company.”

Albuquerque spent the last 10 years helping develop the LUKE Arm, an advanced prosthesis that is making history because of the innovative and intuitive way the arm is controlled.

The Trinity High School graduate was recently honored as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the New Hampshire High Tech Council. He is the former chair of the Easter Seals Veterans Count Advisory Board, and has also served on the board of directors with the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery and the Greater Manchester Boys and Girls Club.

“I was truly honored to be asked to chair the Preservation Awards,” he said. “Being recognized as part of the amazing transformation of the Millyard from producing textiles to current-day advanced medical technologies is both exciting and humbling.”

This will be the 27th annual edition of the Historic Preservation Awards, which recognize the efforts of individuals, businesses and organizations that have made significant contributions to the preservation of buildings, neighborhoods, traditions and other historic resources in our city.

For more information call 603-622-7531 or go to www.manchesterhistoric.org.