Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have moved our Toys exhibit online.Online Exhibit Toys
The Historical Society’s feature exhibit Toys: The Story of Toy Manufacturing in the Central Connecticut River Valley examines the development of the toy industry to reveal the technological innovations of its residents, the history of childhood play theory in America, popular culture’s impact on industry, and how both national and international forces impacted the toy industry.
The exhibit features examples of many of the classic playthings that have been manufactured in the region. Toys is a collaboration between the Historical Society of Cheshire County, the Brattleboro Historical Society, Marlborough Historical Society and many individuals with personal links to toy manufacturing history. Sponsors of the exhibit include Douglas Toy Company, Whitney Brothers, and Toadstool Bookshops.