Manchester Area Historical Society

The Manchester Area Historical Society is a close-knit group working hard to promote the area’s rich heritage while preserving for future generations.

The Manchester Historical Society encourages public use of the Blacksmith Shop. If your group is having a get-together, contact the Historical Society to arrange for the date and time.

If you’d like, with prior notice, the Manchester Historical Society will give you a tour as part of your meeting. And as the forge is one of the few still working in Michigan, there are also blacksmithing demonstrations and workshops.

The society meets at their headquarters, the third Tuesday of the month. With the exception of two summer months, meetings are convened at 7:00 p.m., September through June.

Each meeting is highlighted with a brief business meeting and a stimulating program which entertains and informs about local and regional topics of interest. Refreshments and socializing follow each gathering. All are welcome.

One of the Society’s permanent displays features artifacts and keepsakes of former Michigan Governor and past historical society member John Swainson. Items trace the political and military career of this outstanding state leader.

Through the generosity of the Swainson family, the governor’s desk, a portion of his private library, photos with national political leaders, military mementos and a number of other significant items adorn the Swainson Room.

The public is enthusiastically invited to view this outstanding collection. School groups particularly enjoy tours. Call for an appointment.

The Manchester Historical Society invites you to consider becoming a society member. Family membership is $5, individuals can join for $3, or become a lifetime member for $100. Additionally, there are opportunities to become an advertiser or sponsor for the annual society historical calendar.