Amy Kellet and Robert Booth were the featured speakers last week at the Manchester Historical Museum’s lecture, “Manchester’s Historic Homes.” Booth, a Salem-based historian and Kellet, an architecture specialist who trained at the highly-respected North Bennett Street School on historic furniture making, took the audience through a detailed presentation on the major periods of American architecture and how these design shapes express phases in the history of Manchester, from early founders who were simple marine hands to the Gilded Age.
With the 375th Anniversary of the founding of Manchester coming next year, the pair will head up a Historic House Marker Program with the museum that will provide personal histories for homes here. Museum board member John Round has been leading the charge on the program’s development with a team of other board members for the last 12 months, along with museum president Susan Parker. Proceeds from the program benefit the museum. The program will launch in December.