History of the First Congregational Church Building on Wed. April 29

Please plan to join us for a look at the history of the iconic church building in Manchester Village with MHS Board member Shawn Harrington. This event is being hosted by the First Congregational Church from 7-8 pm. The talk will be followed by refreshments.

Thanks to our 2015 Corporate Sponsors for supporting our mission.


Join Us to Celebrate the Rockwell Print Donation Wed. Feb. 11 at Manchester Community Library

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Norman Rockwell’s dedication to “Mr. Comar” is visible in the lower right corner.

Join the Comar family for an evening of stories and reminiscing about Manchester’s beloved Quality Restaurant on Wed., Feb. 11 at 6 pm at the Manchester Community Library. Wendy Comar will present her print of the unpublished Norman Rockwell painting entitled “War News” to the Manchester Historical Society which will hang in the Library Commons. This will be followed by a discussion with members of the Comar family moderated by MHS board member Mike Powers. Come and get a first look at this historic picture and hear stories of Manchester in the mid 20th century. Light refreshments will follow. The evening promises to be a warm and celebratory community event, jointly hosted by MHS and MCL. For more information, please call 802-549-4582 or send an email to info@manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org.

Our sincere thanks to our 2015 Corporate Sponsors and all those who have generously given to our 2015 Annual Giving Campaign.



History of the Mark Skinner and Manchester Community Libraries Jan. 21

On Wednesday, January 21 at 7 pm, Gail Rice, Judy Harwood and Shawn Harrington will give a talk on The History of the Mark Skinner Library and Its Transition to the Manchester Community Library. This Manchester Historical Society presentation will be at the Manchester Community Library and will feature early photographs and memorabilia from the MHS archives relating how the love of books in the late 1800s led to the founding of the Mark Skinner Library. Rice, Harwood and Harrington are all MHS board members. Manchester HIstorical Society events are made possible through the support of its members and corporate sponsor The Barnstead Inn. The program is free and open to the public.

Tall Spire Ringers Free Concert, Thursday, December 18

On Thursday, December 18, the Tall Spire Ringers will provide a free holiday concert.

Sponsored by the Manchester Historical Society, the beautiful bell ringing concert will be at the First Congregational Church in Manchester at 7 pm.

Thanks to Manchester’s Casablanca Motel which graciously underwrote this program, the concert is free and open to the public.

Come celebrate the season and enjoy the talents of these wonderful musicians! Refreshments will be served following the program.

Annual Meeting Postponed to December 17

Due to hazardous weather conditions the meeting tonight has been postponed until Wednesday, Dec. 17.

All members of the Manchester Historical Society are encouraged to attend this year’s annual meeting on Wednesday, December 10, at 7 pm at the Manchester Community Library. Board members and officers will report on programs, MHS 2014 achievements and events, and finances. Refreshments will follow.

The next MHS program will be Thursday, December 18, with the Tall Spire Ringers Holiday Concert.

E-mail info@manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org or call 549-4582 for more information.

Annual Giving Campaign Underway

This past summer two of our board members and our curator met with Mr. Robert Parker to receive as a gift a Colonial-era fowler musket that had belonged to his ancestor, Gideon Ormsby, an important early Manchester settler and Revolutionary War officer. It is a moment like this that makes it so exciting to be part of a historical society, when you feel the connection over the generations in such an immediate way.

We have one simple goal: to preserve and proclaim the history of Manchester for our generation and for generations to come. We hope you will join us in supporting the Manchester Historical Society.

Just go to Be a Supporter to find out how you can be part of an exciting new era at MHS.

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Annual Picnic and Fiddler Adam Boyce on August 20


This year the annual picnic will be held at the Casablanca Motel located at the north end of Manchester Center on Wednesday, August 20. The picnic starts at 5:30 pm and is open to all, provided that you bring a dish to share for the potluck meal. Following the food and socializing, the program will begin.

Adam Boyce, a composer, historian and fiddler, is a recognized authority on local traditional dance and music history of central Vermont, including fiddling and calling for square and contra dances. Adam has also been a regular on fiddle contest circuits. A composer of over 100 fiddle tunes, he is listed as a Juried Artist with the Vermont Arts Council. A lifelong Vermonter, Adam lives in West Windsor. He will perform at the MHS picnic at approx 6:30 as he depicts Charles Ross Taggart circa 1895.

Enjoy a summer evening in Vermont with us! MHS is very grateful to the Perfect Wife Restaurant and the Green Mountain Veterinary Hospital for underwriting this event. For more information, contact Sally at 362-2523 or email info@manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org.