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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, Connecticut. These include Erector sets, chemistry sets, microscopes, 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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February 20, 2014 · by David Gilbert · Events, News

The 2014 A.C. Gilbert Heritage Society Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, July 12 was a resounding success. Kudos to organizers Tom Lindsey and Randy Sauder, who did a stellar job organizing the event. Learn more about the 2014 Convention and see photos

The ACGHS Fall Midwest Regional Meeting will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Racine Campus of Gateway Technical College in Racine, Wisconsin. Learn more about the Midwest Regional Meeting

The ACGHS Fall Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Strasburg, Pennsylvania. Learn more about the Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting

June 7, 2014 · by David Gilbert · News

Steven Underwood asks (June 30, 2014):

I just recently acquired a vintage Erector set from around the 1930 area best I can tell. I am not sure what set it is. I would like help figuring out which set it is. The instructions label is missing. Its a red wooden box that says the new Erector the worlds greatest toy. Any help would greatly be appreciated. Steven Underwood (steven-underwood@hotmail.com)

Jim Spina asks (June 13, 2014):

Looking for a manual for the Atomic Energy Lab along with the electroscope and the de-ionizer. Also need the spinthariscope and the reorder form for the samples. Have an extra battery pack but missing the top. Jim Spina (jimspina@yahoo.com)

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A film by Thomas B. Barker.

2013 is the 100th Anniversary of the introduction of the ERECTOR SET. This is the story of that event and the company behind it. It also shows the era of the heyday of the company and then its eventual demise and why that happened due to sociological changes.

The film, which is 30 minutes long, focuses considerable attention on American Flyer Trains.

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