The Historical Society has a museum store at the History Center, 175 Pine Street, and a smaller storeat the Old Manchester Museum, 126 Cedar Street. For hours that these locations are open: Open museum hours on the Events Page. The Town Hall's Customer Service Center carries many of our items for sale. Several books about Manchester history can also be borrowed from the Manchester public libraries. The comprehensive "History of Manchester," 1923, by Spiess and Bidwell is available in its entirety in the Vintage Reprints section of our website.
Some of the items for sale:
OLD MANCHESTER... A Picture Book
by M. K. Adams & A. J. Thibeau 1994 (Reprinted 2019)
$ 33.00 plus $ 7.00 P/H
OLD MANCHESTER II... The Storytellers
by M. K. Adams & A. J. Thibeau 1995
$ 15.00 plus $ 7.00 P/H
OLD MANCHESTER III... Manchester Green
by M. K. Adams & A. J. Thibeau (Revised 2003)
$ 28.00 plus $7.00 P/H
JUST EMILY, MANCHESTER'S EXTRAORDINARY SCOUT LEADER
by Claire Olds 2011
$19.49 plus $ 6.51 P/H
EAST CEMETERY HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR
by John & Elizabeth Spaulding 1999
$ 3.00 plus $ 3.00 P/H
HISTORY OF BUCKLAND SECTION OF MANCHESTER
by Gladys S. Adams 1995; (facsimile reprint)
$ 25.00 plus $ 7.00 P/H
LOOKING BACK, HISTORIC IMAGES OF NORTH CENTRAL CONN.
(Includes images of Manchester, Andover, Bolton Coventry East Hartford and Hebron)
by Richard Tambling and Journal Inquirer 2002
$ 39.95 plus $ 7.00 P/H
Reproduction of a Cheney Brothers Silk recruitment booklet.
$ 15.00 plus $ 6.00 P/H
MANCHESTER MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, THE FIRST 75 YEARS
by George A. F. Lundberg, Jr., M.D.
$ 20.00 plus $ 6.00 P/H
The Homefront at War 1941-45
by Patricia Thorstenson 1995
$ 25.00 plus $7.00 P/H
HISTORY OF MANCHESTER, CONN. (facsimile reprint)
by Mathias Spiess & Percy Bidwell 1924
$ 39.95 plus $ 7.00 P/H
if currently unavailable, may be ordered for later delivery
We occasionally have available original copies at prices from $60 to $75, $7.00 P/H
THE TOWN WITH THE HEART OF GOLD
A history of Manchester's Thanksgiving Day Road Race from 1927 to 1985
By Eamonn Flanagan 1986
$ 5.00 plus $ 6.00 P/H
MY JOURNAL, MEMOIRS OF A FRENCH CHILDHOOD IN PEACE AND WAR
by Jeanne Low (1905-1991) a gifted teacher and community volunteer.
Published by the Historical Society 2012 (34 pages)
$ 10.00 plus $ 5.00 P/H
SILK ALONG STEEL The Story of the
South Manchester Railroad
by Thomas R. Lewis, Jr 1976
$ 15.00 plus $ 5.00 P/H
Currently being reprinted
GROWING UP WITH GRAMP KEENEY
by Herbert Keeney Seymour 1992
$ 15.00 plus $ 5.00 P/H
Limited quantity available
TALES MY STETHOSCOPE TOLD ME
Former Manchester doctor tells about his experiences, and the daily life of a busy doctor.
by Martin Duke, M.D. 1998
$10.00 plus $ 5.00 P/H
BROTHERS IN BATTLE
One Marine's Account of War in the Pacific.
Bruce Watkins' experiences in the First Marine Division from Dec. 1941 until Nov. 1945.
by R. Bruce Watkins, Capt USMCR Ret.
$12.00 plus $ 6.00P/H
A COMBAT ENGINEER REMEMBERS
WWII experiences of the 150th Engineer Combat Battalion
by Norman C. Southergill 2002 (104 pages)
$15.00 plus $6.00 P/H
FROM WARSAW to MANCHESTER; Talking with Helen Kopman
Helen and her husband owned the Parkade bakery, but both had lived in the Warsaw ghetto and Nazi concentration camps during World War II.
by Susan Barlow, 2005
$4.00 plus $ 5.00 P/H
VET HAVEN AND RELATED TALES
Stories and pictures of a short-lived community of houses built for veterans returning from WWII. Featuring Ted Cummings and Family.
by Susan Barlow, 2006
$ 5.00 plus $5.00 P/H
CUSTOMS and INCIDENTS of EARLY DAYS in MANCHESTER
Reminiscences about a South Manchester boyhood in the post-Cvil War era. E.L. Bidwell originally wrote these memoirs for publication as columns in the Manchester Herald.
Published in 2007 by the Manchester Historical Society.
$8.00 plus $5.00 P/H
MUGS (for coffee or collecting)
Cheney Homestead, "Dancing Bears" sculpture, and Old Manchester Museum scenes
$10.00 plus $ 7.00 P/H; inquire about postage cost for multiple mugs to the same address.
COMMEMORATIVE CERAMIC ORNAMENTS
With different images each year: The Manchester History Center (2012), Woodbridge House (2013), and Woodbridge Barn (2014), and Cheney Homestead (2015). Oval oranament with red ribbon, size 3-3/4 by 2-7/8 inches, in a presentation box.
$13.00 plus $5.00 P/H; inquire about postage cost for multiple ornaments to the same address.
Manchester Road Race 2014 Inaugural Posters - Amby Burfoot and Julia Chase posters
18" x 24"
$25 autographed / numbered plus $10.00 P/H
$10 unsigned / unnumbered plus $10.00 P/H
With a picture of the Dancing Bears or Manchester Historical Society logo
The shirts are in adult sizes medium, large, extra large, and 2XL, children’s sizes small, medium, and large.
$15.00 plus $6.00 P/H (with Dancing Bears picture)
$12.00 plus $6.00 P/H (with Manchester Historical Society logo)
Picture on 6" x 6" tile
$10.00 plus $7.00 P/H
Historic Manchester Video Series -- Partial Listing
a. Tour of Marlow's, and interview with George Marlow
b. Tour of the Mansion Inn, a Bed & Breakfast in a former Cheney mansion
c. Talking About the Great Depression, with four women who lived in the Cheney District in the 1930s
d. History of Children's Literature, with Bob Brindamour
e. Cheney Historic District Walking Tour, with John Sutherland
f. Earl Yost on Manchester Sports
g. Union Village, Becoming a Historic District
h. Two Historic Houses
i. Pioneer Parachute, Then & Now
j. Highland Park History Hike, with Ed Richardson
$ 15.00 plus $6.00 P/H
Books and videos shipped via Media Mail, unless arrangements made for First Class Mail (extra charges apply)
FRAMED COLOR PRINTS
a. Cheney Hall circa 1920
b. Cheney Homestead
Frames measure 14 x 18; Pictures measure 7.5 x 11.5
$25.00 plus $10.00 P/H
Matted Color Prints of "Historic Manchester Green" in the early 1900's
a. Small (mat size 11"x14") $25.00 plus $8.00 P/H
b. Large (mat size 16"x20") $30.00 plus $10.00 P/H
MAPS AND PRINTS
All are photocopies of varying quality
a. 1625 Map of Connecticut Indian Trails, Villages and Sachemdoms
Small $ 2.00 plus $3.00 P/H
Large $12.00 plus $5.00 P/H
b. 1849 Map of Manchester - $3.00 plus $5.00 P/H
c. 1855 Map of Manchester - $3.00 plus $5.00 P/H
d. 1869 Map of Manchester - $3.00 plus $5.00 P/H
e. 1880 Aero view of South Manchester - $12.00 plus $7.00 P/H
f. 1902 Map of Manchester (Bowers) - $7.00 plus $7.00 P/H
g. 1914 Aero view of South Manchester - $12.00 plus $ 7.00 P/H
h. 1922 Map of Manchester (Bowen) - $5.00 plus $ 5.00 P/H
NOTE CARDS with envelopes
a. Painting of Highland Park Falls; 5 for $8.00, plus $5.00 P/H
b. Painting of Mary Cheney's Garden, color; 4 for $4.00 or $1.25 ea. plus P/H, please inquire
c. 1960s Downtown Manchester, black & white photos; 8 for $12.00 plus $5.00 P/H
d. Cheney Fashions, vintage drawings, in color; 5 for $10.00 plus $5.00 P/H
A variety of new and old postcards.
Tote bags, picture magnets, old yearbooks, vintage Kage Company decorations, old Manchester Herald "Neighbor's Kitchen" cookbooks, and other items are available in our museum shops.
Please make checks payable to
MANCHESTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Phone us at 860-647-9983 to order with a credit card.
THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
IN PRESERVING MANCHESTER'S HERITAGE.