Manchester - posted Apr, 05 2013
MANCHESTER - On Sunday, April 14, at 1 p.m., author and historian Mary Donohue will present an illustrated lecture about the 1937 Cheney property auctions that took place throughout Manchester during Great Depression of the 1930s. They were forced to sell 245 residential properties in order to receive federal bankruptcy protection and loan assistance. After a three-day auction held on the lawns of the company-owned homes, dozens of families were affected. Remarkable documentation of this auction survives including an auction catalog, photos, newspaper articles and individual memories of this community milestone. Donohue is an award-winning author, architectural historian and historic preservationist. The Historical Society’s web site provides the auction catalog, vintage photos, maps, and results at www.manchesterhistory.org. The talk will be held at the Manchester History Center, 175 Pine Street, Manchester. Cost is $4 for non-members; $2 for Historical Society members; free for children under age 16.