The Manlius Historical Society was founded in 1976 due to the “bicentennial craze” that was taking place throughout the country. The society is located on the corner of Smith and Scoville streets. It was donated to the society from the local public school district. There are a variety of permanent exhibits that are offered by the historical society. These include a country kitchen, general store, school, and an authentic working blacksmith shop. Inside the blacksmith shop their are even volunteer blacksmiths that do demonstrations during museum hours.
Also, there are large rooms that hold temporary exhibits. These exhibits rotate throughout the year and are based on local history. The temporary exhibits out right now are an American Decorative Art exhibit, a local woman’s farm exhibit, and an exhibit about Minoa. The exhibits are quite interesting more information about the society and the exhibitions can be found at the society website click here.
The Historical Society also is involved with the Cheney House Research Center. The society in 1978 was given a 1920s Bungalow style house. The house was given to them by the Cheney family. Within this bungalow style house there is the Channing Soule Memorial Library, offices, collections storage and research and meeting spaces. The library contains 500 volumes and over 8,000 documents and photographs dealing with the history of the surrounding areas. Artifacts could include toys, clothing, textiles, and furniture from L. and J.G. Stickley Furniture company. The Cheney Center also has exhibits. More information can be found about these exhibits at the website above.