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Who We Are

We are a group of collectors who focus on products produced by and information about the former A.C. Gilbert Company of New Haven, Conn. These include Erector sets, chemistry sets, American Flyer trains, and many others products. Our goals are to showcase and celebrate the works of A.C. Gilbert, and promote the Heritage Society by educating the public and by sharing the works of our members.

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January 24, 2017 · by David Gilbert · Events, News

Please join us on Saturday, April 8, 2017 for the ACGHS Spring Midwest Regional Meeting, 8:00am – 1:00pm at the Faith East Community Center, 5572 Mercy Way, Lafayette, IN 47905. This year’s meeting is hosted by Claude Butt.

Mark your calendars for Friday, July 7 – Sunday, July 9, for our 2017 Annual ACGHS National Convention! This year’s event will be held in Huntsville, Alabama at the Huntsville Marriott. Huntsville is home to NASA and to the Wernher von Braun team that helped put a man on the moon with the Saturn Rocket. Our hotel is located on the same property as NASA’s Space & Rocket Center. Learn more about this year’s convention and retrieve a Registration Form on our Calendar of Events page.

Visit our National Convention page to learn more about all our recent ACGHS National Conventions.

March 24, 2016 · by David Gilbert · News

Terry Porter writes (February 10, 2017):

Hello,  I have this Gilbert Senior Powerline Erector set set and want to give it to my granddaughter but don’t have the manual. The numbers on the box are 49-16075/32158. She loves building Legos and I thought this would be a change for her. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Terry Porter (port577@comcast.net).

Aaron Loy writes (December 29, 2016):

Antique Toy and Train Auction: We have a large antique toy and train auction on Jan. 28th. We have a wide variety of trains and we have several American Flyer models still in the boxes.  Here’s a link to the sale bill which also has pictures: Antique Toy & Train Public Auction.  If you have any questions please call (260-726-2700) or email (loyrealestate@comcast.net). Aaron Loy.

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November 30, 2016 · by David Gilbert · Events, News
Mr. Gilbert's Railroad. Photo copyright and courtesy of the Eli Whitney Museum.

Mr. Gilbert’s Railroad. Photo copyright and courtesy of the Eli Whitney Museum.

The Eli Whitney Museum’s annual hands-on exhibition of American Flyer Trains opens Friday, November 25th at noon. The exhibition features classic toy trains produced by New Haven’s A.C. Gilbert Company that still run beautifully after 50 years.

This year’s exhibition is dedicated to Herb Pearce (1916 – 2011), a prominent leader at the A.C. Gilbert Company from 1935 – 1958 and a pre-eminent leader in New Haven. Herb’s drive and generosity helped preserve the Gilbert story.

A special portion of the exhibition deals with the Ferris Wheel in a tribute to Dr Alfred Charles Richard (1937 – 2016), a scholar, artist, and a passionate Erector collector and builder.

Learn more and see a complete schedule on EliWhitney.org.

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