Mark Hayward's City Matters: Take a walk through Manchester's history
• Read a book. For example, I’m reading a biography of Simon Bolivar, the 19th-century Venezuelan soldier who freed most of South America from Spanish rule and whose brilliance and daring make George Washington look like a plebe at West Point.
Kristen Van Uden has another way to access history — on foot.
The St. Anselm College student has researched and written “Manchester Remembers,” a booklet that charts out a walking tour of 20 historic sites in the city, most of them monuments.
Most of the sites are in the core of the city, but some are on the edges, such as the Zimmerman House in the North End and the original Manchester airport terminal in south Manchester.
“Manchester Remembers” is being published by the Manchester Historic Association. The organization plans to sell it for a nominal fee at the Millyard Museum, said Jeff Barraclough, assistant director of the MHA.
A Manchester native, Van Uden said she was drawn to the idea of commemoration when she started researching the book. A commemoration — whether a statue, a preserved birthplace or monument — shouts out to anyone listening what is important.
• “The Hiker” in Bronstein Park commemorates soldiers who served in the Spanish-American war, and such statues were donated to every state that sent soldiers to the war. The statue is somewhat anachronistic; it’s in a park named after the first New Hampshire man to die in World War II.
“Just look at Wikipedia,” she said. “Credibility is lost in a lot of the ways we do history today. So public commemoration is even more important today.”
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