A campaign to publish the first ever printed guidebook to Manchester begins today.
“From Hanover Hill to Waumbec Mill: An Insider’s Guide to Manchester” is the work of city resident Will Stewart, who has been a newspaper reporter, community organizer, and chamber of commerce executive during his years in the city.
The goal of the book, said Stewart, is to showcase the best of Manchester — what’s great, unique, and even quirky about New Hampshire’s Queen City.
“I like to say that Manchester is a city of best kept secrets because much of what makes the city so interesting is relatively unknown to not just those ‘from away,’ but to newer residents and even some natives as well. It’s these ‘secrets’ — in addition to the more well-known aspects of the city — that I want to share in the book,” said Stewart.
“An Insider’s Guide to Manchester” showcases a carefully-curated selection of more than 500 of city’s attractions, events, and establishments, from the famous to the obscure. Anecdotes of historical and contemporary significance are also shared in the guide, which will feature hand-drawn illustrations and maps by acclaimed Manchester artist Peter Noonan.
To fund the book, Stewart is utilizing the online crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, which enables “backers” to pledge money in support of “An Insider’s Guide to Manchester” in exchange for a copy of the book or other “rewards” based on their level of financial support. Other rewards include having one’s name printed in the book as a supporter, a personal tour of the Millyard with Manchester Historic Association Executive Director John Clayton, and a sketch of one’s home or a Manchester landmark from Noonan, and a personal tour with Stewart of his favorite Manchester haunts and experiences.
If the project succeeds in reaching its funding goal of $7,500, all backers’ credit cards will be charged when the 30-day campaign ends. If the project falls short, no one is charged. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing.
Those wishing to support the project, pre-order a copy of “An Insider’s Guide to Manchester,” or just learn more about the book can do so via manchguide.com, which links to the book’s Kickstarter campaign page.