Press Release              Event Date:  February 8, 2016


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 Historical Society February Program on Manchester University Chime


On Monday, February 8, the North Manchester Historical Society is pleased to present a program on the history of the Manchester University Chime.  As each work day begins and ends, the campus community and residents of the surrounding neighborhood enjoy the chime’s concert of hymns and secular songs.  The program will be presented by Lila Hammer, who was the chimer while in college.  She now plays for special occasions.

Hammer graduated from Manchester in 1979 with a degree in Music Education.  She never taught, but music has been her life-long avocation.  She played clarinet in the Manchester Symphony Orchestra while in college, took a brief hiatus and has been a member since 1986.  She is also a member of the Appleseed Woodwind Quintet – a semi-professional quintet that performs primarily in the Fort Wayne area. She plays “anywhere I can,” in other venues such as churches, musicals, and small ensembles.

Hammer’s entire career has been in higher education; specifically admissions and registrar. She worked in the Admissions Office at Manchester after graduation, in Admissions at IPFW for ten years, and has been the Registrar at Manchester since December 1996.  She and husband Steve enjoy biking, hiking, backpacking, canoe camping, reading, “and being involved in our wonderful North Manchester community.”

 The program will be held in the Assembly Room at Timbercrest Retirement Center, 2201 East Street, at 6:40 p.m.  There is no cost for the program, which is free to the public.  All are welcome.  While many attend only the program, the public is also invited to come to the Assembly Room at 6 p.m. for a meal prior to the presentation.  For those who wish to attend the dinner, reservations must be made no later than noon on Friday, February 5.  The cost of the meal is $8.50, $3.50 for those on the Timbercrest meal plan.  Reservations may be made by calling Evelyn at 260-982-6777, or the Center for History at 260-982-0672.



Lila Hammer playing the Manchester University Chime today.



 Student Lila Hammer playing Manchester University Chime in the late 1970’s.