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About Us

The Museum

Housed in the 1823 Abigail Hooper Trask House*, the Museum invites you to experience Manchester-by-the Sea's (MBTS) fascinating past through restored period rooms, paintings and sculptures by master artists, an impressive collection of MBTS-made furniture, and an outdoor Salt Cod Fish Yard. 

This is the first house in Massachusetts to be built for a self-made, single woman. Abigail Hooper (1788-1885) was 35 years old and the town’s leading retailer when she had the house built in 1823.  In the 1830s, after marriage to a shipmaster (Captain Richard Trask), she doubled the size of the house and added a columned side porch and a handsome frontispiece (since removed). She lived here for 62 years.

 

We welcome you to explore the rich history and the captivating stories of Manchester-by-the-Sea's people and events.

* Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Our Mission

To celebrate and serve the community by:

 

  • Fostering an appreciation of the quality and diversity of life — past and present — in Manchester-by-the-Sea.

 

  • Collecting and preserving archival materials, art, and artifacts of significance to the Town.

 

  • Engaging community interest and involvement through the collections and programming.

In every aspect, the Museum aspires to the highest standards, and seeks to engage the broadest audience.

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Staff

Administrative & General Info: Nancy Klebart ∙ info@manchesterhistoricalmuseum.org ∙ 978-526-7230

Archivist: Matthew Swindell ∙ archives@manchesterhistoricalmuseum.org ∙ 978-526-7230

Curatorial Team

Rebecca Campbell, Chair

Carol Bundy

Matt Genta

Susana Thompson

Chris Virden, Archives Advisor

John Huss, Advisor

Matthew Swindell, Archivist

Museum Officers

President: Philio Wigglesworth Cushing

Vice President: Rebecca Campbell

Co-Clerks: Susana Thompson, Mary Minott

Treasurer: Amy Snodgrass

Board of Trustees

Alison Anholt-White

Leslie Beatty

Rus Brown

Marianne Coons

Tom Durkin

Matt Genta

Constance Leahy

David Lumsden

John Round

Alison Anholt-White

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