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2024 Speaker Series

All events will be in the  First Parish Community Hall,

1 Chapel Lane, MBTS

(behind Santander Bank)

Doors open at 6:30 PM for socializing and refreshments. 

Our thanks to Santander Bank for sponsoring our Speaker Series.

Summers by the Sea: Masconomo Hotel
& the Resort Era

Kory Curcuru, producer & host at 1623 Studios, will be our featured speaker to kick off our summer exhibit — Summers by the Sea: Masconomo Hotel & the Resort Era.


Kory plans to discuss the resort-era movement and summer life in Manchester-by-the-Sea. He will also provide a look at the Booth family, proprietors of the majestic Masconomo Hotel, and share the history of Lexington Avenue, the area's fashionable shopping destination.


Following the lecture, you are invited to the unveiling of our Summer by the Sea exhibit at the Museum.

Date: Thursday, May 30

Time: 7 PM

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Sharksmouth: A Brief History of the Longfellow, Dana, and Curtis Families in Nineteenth-Century Manchester 

Arthur Shurcliff, a direct descendant of the original Curtis family, will provide an intimate account of a fascinating Manchester family.

Date: Wednesday, June 26

Time: 6 PM

Location: Sharksmouth Estate, 305 Summer St., MBTS

☆ Special Event ☆

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Past Talks

America’s First Millionaires: The China Traders of Essex County (4/25/24) 
Graverobbing, Harvard's Medical School, and Chebacco Parish (3/28/24) 
Mushrooms of the 1661 Cemetery:
From Death to Life (2/29/24)
Abigail Hooper Trask 1788-1885: Manchester's Business Leader (03/22/23)
Manchester 1772: A Small Fishing Town On The Eve Of Revolution (11/08/22)
Nabby Hooper: A Girl Like No Other (10/19/22)
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