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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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July 14, 2016 · by David Gilbert · News
Ray Rosebush (left) with Ken Weinig at the July 12, 2014 A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society Convention in Atlanta.

Ray Rosebush (left) with Ken Weinig at the July 12, 2014 A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society Convention in Atlanta.

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Ray Rosebush, a charter member of  the A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society and a great friend and colleague to all of us. Ray possessed one of the Society’s most extensive collections of Erector Sets as well at a magnificent toy collection. He was a steadfast supporter of the legacy of A.C. Gilbert, and one of the nicest persons I have ever met. Read Ray’s obituary here.

February 20, 2014 · by David Gilbert · Events, News

Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society with us at the 2016 ACGHS National Convention. The convention takes place on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Chicago – Elk Grove in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Learn more about the 2016 National Convention.

The 2016 New England Regional Meet takes place on Saturday, August 6, 2016 at the Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Glastonbury is centrally located just southeast of Hartford with easy access from both I-91 and I-84. Learn more on our Calendar of Events page.

The 2016 Fall Midwest Regional Meeting is scheduled for September 24, 2016 at the Kenosha Campus of Gateway Technical College, 3520 30th Avenue, Kenosha, Wisconsin. More information will be furnished in the September ACGHS newsletter in additional to invitations sent to Midwest Regional members.  As always members from all regions are welcome. Learn more 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

Mark Emmert writes (June 27, 2016):

Wooden Junior Erector set, 1945 – I am attempting to recreate the Junior Wooden Erector Set for my grandson and would like to get a list of contents for the largest wooden set that Gilbert sold in the 1940s. Any instruction books would also be appreciated. Photos of these or PDF files would be fantastic. Please let me know if this is possible. Thanks – Mark Emmert (mwemmert@comcast.net).

Stephen R. Stapleton writes (June 21, 2016):

My late father, Dr. Cloy R. Stapleton, had a huge collection of Erector sets which I would like to sell. Unfortunately, I simply don’t have any idea what the background about each set is in order to properly describe them. I have tried searching the Web and can’t match what I see with what he has. Do you have a member in the Sacramento, CA area who might be willing to assist me in describing the sets? Stephen Stapleton (MacAdvisor@sbcglobal.net).

Michael Kilmartin writes (May 28, 2016):

I have older Erector sets in red wooden or oak boxes. I would like to talk to someone about them. I live in northwest Arkansas. Contact phone: 308-28-74077. Please call. Weekdays before 2:00p. Thanks. Mike.

Updated July 6: After some research, one set will make the “white truck”, another an airplane. One is a Gilbert you set with wooden pieces to make scooter and other toys for kids to play with. Thanks. Mike.

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