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2024 Speaker Series

All programs event 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. 

Free to members, $15 non-members

America’s First Millionaires: The China Traders of Essex County

Ipswich writer Doug Stewart will discuss Manchester-by-the-Sea’s fascinating connections to the China Trade, highlighting local shipmasters, a spectacular shipwreck, and retired opium traders who built mansions here.


Date: Thursday, April 25

Time: 7 PM

Summers by the Sea: Masconomo Hotel and the Resort Era

Kory Curcuru, from 1623 Studios, will be our speaker to kick
off our summer exhibit — Summers by the Sea: Masconomo
Hotel and the Resort Era in Manchester. He plans to discuss
the resort-era movement and summer life in MBTS, and show his documentaries on the Booths, Masconomo Hotel, and Lexington Avenue.


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

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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