Hometown Storytellers Celebrate Vermont June 3

The Manchester Community Library and the Manchester Historical Society invite you to attend “Hometown Storytellers,” featuring Dave Quesnel, Bob Stannard, and Terry Tyler, on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 pm in the Hunter Community Room at the Library.

The three well-known locals are all Vermont authors who write about our beloved state with humor, nostalgia, and wit. Each will present selected readings from their respective books. A group Q & A session will be followed by a reception and book sale.

The three make an entertaining combo. “I recently took a publicity photo of the trio in the Library’s Cafe Commons and it was fun to witness their banter,” said Adult Programming Coordinator Cindy Waters. “Later, someone who had been seated next to them approached me and asked, ‘Who are those guys? They’re a hoot!’ ”

Dave Quesnel will read from Grandpaw’s Memoirs: Growing Up on a Dirt Road. Kerri MacLaury, librarian at Wilder Memorial Library in Weston, says that “Quesnel’s stories are light, funny, and nostalgic, as they follow his life through the woods, cow ponds and back roads of rural Vermont.”  

Bob Stannard will read from How to Survive the Recovery – A Vermont Perspective,his follow up to How to Survive the Recession- A Vermont Perspective. Both books were illustrated by nationally acclaimed syndicated cartoonist Jeff Danziger. According to Governor Peter Shumlin, “Bob Stannard’s book is as sharp as ever… (His) book guarantees a good read and a hearty laugh.”

Terry Tyler will share stories from his trilogy of books, Don’t Scratch Too Deep! The Profane History of a Vermont Valley, illustrated by the acclaimed A.D. (Sandy) Read. Senator Fred Ehrich said that Terry’s book was “worth waiting for and worth every penny,” and Ann August added, “Thank you for writing an unsanitized history of Dorset.”

This evening of amusement and reminiscence kicks off the Library’s Summer Wednesdays series and is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave., at the corner of Rt. 7A and Cemetery Ave., in Manchester Center, VT. For more information, please call the Library at 802.362.2607.

Judge Robert Mello Talks About the Founding of Vermont on May 13

The Manchester and Dorset Historical Societies welcome Robert Mello to speak about his latest book, Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont, on Wednesday, May 13, at 7 pm. At this free event, held at Manchester Community Library, Mello will tell the story of Moses Robinson, a man who led a revolt against New York, negotiated statehood for Vermont, and crafted the state’s legal system.

Robinson was Vermont’s first chief justice and senator, and also served as the state’s governor for a year. Mello’s presentation will enlighten attendees on this highly important figure in Vermont’s founding. Robert Mello is a current Superior Court judge and a former trustee of the Vermont Historical Society, which published his book. Manchester Historical Society gratefully acknowledges the support of Orvis, the Vermont Country Store and the Barnstead Inn.

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.