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Preserving Manchester’s History Since 1886

The Manchester Historical Society was founded in 1886 “ to serve the entire community through the preservation of irreplaceable town records and artifacts, its research capability and commitment to education.“ The Manchester Historical Society moved into its headquarters, the Abigail Hooper Trask House, in 1925.

Our mission is:

  • To encourage, maintain and foster an interest in historical matters pertaining to the Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea; and
  • To maintain a museum and archives for the purpose of collecting and preserving objects which illustrate the history of the town.

In 2014, the organization changed its name to Manchester Historical Museum and adopted a new logo to reflect our mission to share our treasures and invite ALL to come in and explore.

About the logo

The logo is comprised of four elements each representing an aspect of the Manchester-by-the-Sea historical heritage.

  • Masconomo – Sagamore of Agawam who welcomed the John Winthrop and the Puritans when they arrived on the Arbella
  • The Trask House – home of our collection and archives
  • A Sailing Ship – in honor of the fisherman then privateers and merchant sea captains who brought prosperity to the town
  • A Chair – representing Manchester’s fine furniture and cabinet making industry.