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1:00 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
1:00 to 3 p.m. Summer Saturdays (June through 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.

NOTE:  The lecture "If Jane Should Want to Be Sold" by Marjory O'Toole, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 23rd has been cancelled. 

                             SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 12 TO 2 P.M.

Photo:  David Harrington in the persona of Russell Warren.

On Sunday, March 26, from 12 noon to 2 p.m., the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society will host a brown bag lunch for a talk about the work of Russell Warren, Rhode Island’s very own early 19th-century architect.  David Harrington, in the persona of Russell Warren, will lead the discussion at the Society’s Headquarters at 48 Court Street.  The Society will also have objects from its collection on display that are associated with Warren and his architecture, and will feature a continuing slide show of Warren’s local work in Bristol.

Architect Russell Warren was born in Tiverton and began designing and building Federal Style houses in Bristol in 1800, including the 1810 Linden Place mansion at 500 Hope Street.  He later moved to South Carolina for a few years before returning to Providence, working there as well as in Bristol, Warren, Fall River, New Bedford, and New York.  As architectural styles changed, so did Warren, who embraced the later Greek Revival temple house form; two of his high style examples still stand on Hope Street.  Another excellent local example of his uniquely American style is the 1828 St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Warren.   Examples of Warren’s work are dotted around downtown Bristol and include the very romantic Longfield, also on Hope Street, an 1848 architectural example of Warren’s later Gothic Revival Style.  The Society will have its dollhouse replica of Longfield on display.

Artist and historian David Harrington studied architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and historic preservation as a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has become a passionate advocate of Russell Warren and most recently worked closely with the RI Historical Society, the Providence Athenaeum, and Linden Place to put together a database of the famed architect’s work from libraries and repositories here in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, as well as New York and South Carolina.

Open to the public, tickets are $10 each and a light lunch will be provided. Please call the Society at 401-253-7223 for reservations and walk-ins are welcome. 


Next Meeting:  April 1, 2017, at 9 a.m.

Society Headquarters

Focus will be on researching English ancestors.

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
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                   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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