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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 present headquarters, the 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 establish and maintain within the town a library and museum to collect and preserve 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.

Our New Logo – Celebrating our Heritage

  • Chief Masconomo – Sagamore of Agawam who welcomed the first British Settlers to Cape Ann

  • Trask House – home of our collection and archives

  • Sailing Ship – the fishermen then privateers and merchant sea captains who brought prosperity to the town

  • Chair – Manchester’s fine furniture and cabinet making industry

Come in and explore!

Trask House

Click here to take a virtual tour of the Trask House