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Farm Stories from Manchester published here in installments

Thanks to our longtime friend and MAHS board member, Howard Parr, we will publish his two recent local history books, Farm Stories from Manchester, Michigan, and My Army Years 1942–1952 in installments.

As Howard puts it in his forward, his writing process was much like the process his Grandma Mattern used to make her patchwork quilts: "A block at a time was sewn together out of whatever pieces of cloth were available. When enough had been made, which might take years, the blocks were sewn into a quilt top. So this 'farm quilt top' finally has been completed, and represents far more than the first blocks about my memories of growing up on our farm."

The Farm Stories book's forward, acknowledgements and first chapter have been published today. We plan to publish a chapter a month, so keep coming back for more local history.

Thank you, Howard, for introducing us all to your own very personal view of our beloved Manchester area!


Your Story – Part of Manchester Area History?

Do you have any stories or photos that feature Manchester area people, places, events or organizations? Any insights into Manchester area history you could share? We're very interested in historical images or information regarding Manchester area

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  • Residences and farms
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Editorial policy: Please note that submitted stories will not be published immediately. MAHS reserves the right to publish, edit, consolidate or reject submitted content. Please be advised that our editors may contact you for further supporting details before publication. Thanks for your understanding. And thanks for helping us build our local history record!