President Cindy Schallmo Vice President Jane Dall
Secretary Lisa Hodgkins Treasurer Mike Small Fayetteville Village Rep
Board of Trustees
Karen Green Town of Manlius Rep
Sue Anne Erkenbeck
Harold Hopkinson Manlius Village Rep
Barbara Rivette Town Historian
The Manlius Historical Society was founded in 1976 during the time of our country's bicentennial "fever." Strong volunteer commitment made possible early growth, the collecting of many local artifacts and the development of outstanding exhibits about town history. Professional staff and continued volunteer commitment keep the society involved in the community today. Although located in the village of Manlius, the society is dedicated to serving the whole town of Manlius. We received our permanent charter from the state in 1990, and operate as a not for profit agency with a volunteer board.
In 1978, the Cheney House Research Center, a late 1920s bungalow was donated to the society by the Cheney Family. It contains the Channing Soule Memorial Library, the office, collections storage, and research and meeting space. The library has over 500 volumes and more than 8,000 documents and photographs related to local history. Collections include artifacts produced locally, such as L. & J.G. Stickley furniture and Cheney iron products. Toys, country store artifacts, household items used locally, artwork, clothing, and textiles are also among the society's collections.
The research center and library are generally open Mondays, Wednesday from 10am to 4pm and Thursday 9 to 3. Please call ahead or email to make an appointment and to verify hours. Please be patient as we may have limited availability. Our archival collections and genealogy files focus on the area in and immediately surrounding the town of Manlius, NY, which includes the villages of Manlius, Fayetteville, and Minoa. Individuals interested in a general history of the area should consider purchasing our publication, People and Places Fayetteville, Manlius, Minoa & Neighbors, a tree volume set featuring vignettes and historical accounts of the founding of the town of Manlius.
The, Manlius Historical Museum, located on the corner of Smith and Scoville Streets, was donated to the society by the local school district in 1976. The largest room offers rotating temporary exhibits each year focusing on local history. Permanent displays include a country kitchen, a general store, school room, and an authentic working blacksmith shop. Volunteer blacksmiths often work at the forge during the museum's open hours.