Local Historical Society launches capital campaign

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MANCHESTER — The Manchester Historical Society has worked to preserve the town's past for more than a century, and now the organization has an eye toward the future with the launch of a major capital campaign to increase the society's capacity to preserve Manchester's history and renovate a historic house on Route 7A south.

The Cook House, parts of which go back to the late 18th-century, was donated to MHS by Rocking Stone Farm developer Tommy Harmon in 2017.

The house is currently undergoing the first phase of repairs, thanks to a generous grant from the Sarah K. de Coizart TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust, and will soon house the society's large artifact collection.

While the MHS collection will remain at its current home, the Manchester Community Library, for the foreseeable future, the Cook House will allow artifacts long hidden from the public eye to see the light of day and provide storage for a growing collection.

To realize its ambitious plans, MHS will need the support of the Manchester community.

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Beginning this September, the Historical Society will be seeking contributions from the community to complete its capital campaign, the first ever undertaken by the nonprofit.

To date MHS has raised more than 70 percent of its $300,000 goal.

On Thursday, Sept. 19, MHS will a host a public reception to kick off the final phase of the capital campaign and celebrate the generous supporters who have already contributed.

"After 122 years, MHS has its own property in Manchester, a big step forward," said MHS Curator Shawn Harrington. "We hope everyone who values history, and especially Manchester's history, will join us to build a solid future for its preservation."

This next phase of the Manchester Historical Society's work is the culmination of advances made by the organization in recent years, improving the organizing and cataloging of the collection, sponsoring public programs, and collaborating with local schools and businesses, all in the interest of telling Manchester's story.

For more information about MHS and to contribute to the campaign, go to www.manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org or email info@manchesterhistoricalsocietyvt.org.


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