Jordan book discussion at Manchester NH City Library


John Patrick Jordan Manchester author

Saturday, April 4th – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm – Auditorium, Main Branch, 405 Pine Street, Manchester, NH

Manchester City Library will be hosting a book discussion with Manchester author, John Patrick Jordan. Mr. Jordan will be discussing his new book, “Check Your Hat! The Vaudeville Years. Palace Theater, Manchester, NH. 1915 – 1955.”

Books will be on sale and signed at the time.

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For more information contact Mary Gallant at 603-624-6550 ext. 311.

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Cash, checks and credit cards via are accepted.


Books by John Patrick Jordan


Saints and Sinners

The Pioneer Irish of Manchester, NH

1835 – 1900


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Check Your Hat!

Vaudeville Years, Palace Theater

Manchester,  NH   1915 – 1955


Sheridan Gaurd
A Look Back at the Sheridan Guard, Manchester, NH. $2.95

A Look Back at the Sheridan Guard: Soldiers for God and Country

It was in August of 1865, on the advice and suggestion of Fr. McDonald, Manchester’s Pioneer Priest, that the Sheridan Guard was founded. One hundred years have passed, yet the memory of R. Mac and those legendary Irish American soldiers live on in our hearts today as we honor them on the 100th anniversary (May 30, 2011) of the dedication of the Sheridan Guard Memorial located in the Old st. Joseph Cemetery in Manchester, NH.

Check Your Hat! The Vaudeville Years of the Palace Theater, 1915 – 1955.

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Hot off the presses!

John Patrick Jordan’s newest book, “Check Your Hat! The Vaudeville Years of the Palace Theater, 1915 – 1955” is now available!

This book contains almost 400 advertisements, newspaper stories and photos of acts and performers that appeared at the Palace Theater during the Vaudeville Years 1915 to 1955. Not only the headliners of the time, but also the numerous local acts that delighted the Palace goers for years. Among them: Faye Gelinas and “Bucky” Searles both three time winners of the Original Amateur Hour; Vincent Ferdinando and his orchestra; “Zaza” Ludwig and his band; Patty Allen, who ran a successful dance studio; Esther Foye Moran, the talented singer; Alberta Sullivan, singer and Mother of Allen Heidenereich, a popular Palace Theater volunteer; Johnny Conlon, the Master of Dialect and numerous others.

Manchester merchants, too, made good use of the Palace stage where they held numerous fashion shows throughout the vaudeville years and advertised in “The Palace Spotlight and Entertainment” magazine of the era.

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From its opening day, Victor Charas, the owner of the theater, strove to bring in the best talent available at that time including managers, William O’Neil and later successor William Canning, both of whom had wide experience in the Vaudeville field. This endeavor, coupled with signing a contract with the Keith/ Albee Vaudeville Circuit who specialized in “Polite” vaudeville that censored revealing costumes and unfit language, Victor Charas aspired to bring Manchester good, clean entertainment. I believe he succeeded and hope, after reading this book, you’ll agree.

Buy “Check Your Hat! today.                                                                                 Free delivery within 20 mile radias of South-east                                             Manchester, NH.

10 Pages from Palace Theater The Vaudeville Years – BOOKCheck Your Hat – page 12. Astaire, Corbett

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Check Your Hat – page 14. Burns Allen Roth Tige

Check Your Hat – page 15 – Besser, Berle, Blackstone

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