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1:00 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
1:00 to 3 p.m. Summer Saturdays (June to October)
and by special appointment.

Call ahead for special tours of our collections or for access to our research library.  Books on Bristol history, historic maps, prints and other items are available for sale in our Museum Corner Gift Shop during open hours.

Society members will receive direct mailings of upcoming events 
and this site will provide updates as they occur.  To become a
 member, stop by the Society during open hours or click on 
the membership page to your left.


MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018
7 P.M.
240 High Street, Bristol, RI

...for the [2018] election of Officers,Directors and Chairpersons of Standing Committees and for the transaction of such other business as may be proper...

Followed by 

Maintaining Your Old House
Presentation by Dylan Peacock of Historic New England

"Pratt House"

Whether your house dates back to the 1750s or it was built in the 1950s, Dylan Peacock will provide tips about the preservation of its unique features.  Will include information about paint colors, windows, maintenance schedules and conservation in general.  Learn also about available resources for the care of your house as well as about valuable preservation tools such as historic easements and/or restrictions.

Dylan Peacock helps manage Historic New England's Preservation Easement Program in southern New England including Rhode Island, Connecticut and southern Massachusetts.  He monitors Preservation Restrictions on privately-owned historic properties and offers proactive guidance to help homeowners preserve their properties.  Prior to working at Historic New England, Dylan worked at the Public Archaeology Laboratory (PAL) in Pawtucket where he contributed to a diverse range of cultural resource management projects across New England. Dylan is a graduate of Roger Williams University's School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation and holds both a M.S. and a B.S. degree in Historic Preservation.

Free and open to the public.  Meeting and lecture in the Bristol State House Court Room on 2nd Floor (elevator available), 240 High Street, Bristol, RI.  Refreshments will be served.


Next Meeting:  Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 9 a.m.

Society Headquarters

This meeting will focus on brick walls!  
Bring your research and share your story about how you are "stuck" on a particular ancestor and let the Genie Club offer suggestions.

The Club meets regularly on the 1st Saturday of the month except for July and August. If the Saturday falls on a holiday weekend, the group will meet the following Saturday.
Open To All - Just Walk In and Join the Group
send an email to: 
and request to be added to the Genealogy Club Mailing List for notices about upcoming meetings, general genealogical events throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and other information shared between members.

                   Individual Review of Research Problems

We have a very lively group and we devote a portion of each meeting to our "brick wall roundtable" to help members with their individual research problems.  The idea is for members to present their latest "brick wall" so others can help decide what to do next.  The purpose of this short session is not to review an entire family history nor is it to actually solve the entire brick wall but is instead to give ideas on HOW to solve it.


As of December 2015, Fire, Burglar and Security systems at the BHPS are fully installed due to the receipt of a generous $15,000 matching grant from The 1772 Foundation.  The BHPS has motion alarms and security cameras throughout the building, has a secured entry alarm system and a fire alarm system that is directly linked to the Town of Bristol Fire Department.  As part of its 2015 Matching Grants for Historic Preservation made available to organizations in Connecticut, New Jersey and Rhode Island, The 1772 Foundation Grant has enabled the Society to protect its unique research library, its extensive paper document room, the significant portrait collection, and all of the other artifacts throughout the building.

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