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SEPTEMBER is the Society's 
 "Let's Meet Our Local Authors" Month

with Dr. Patrick T. Conley, Richard V. Simpson and Christy Millard Nadalin

Sundays at 3 p.m -- September 14, 21 and 28

We are starting a series of Sunday afternoon presentations at Society Headquarters (48 Court Street) by local authors.  To begin, we've invited three writers who have published books and articles about Bristol and Rhode Island history.  We'll meet at the Society at 3 p.m., hear our "writer of the week" give a short talk about his/her work and answer our questions.  Afterwards we will serve iced tea and desserts and our author will be available for book signing and his/her books will be for sale.  

September 14th 
at 3 p.m.

Dr. Patrick T. Conley

Come and meet Rhode Island's "Historian Laureate" Dr. Patrick T. Conley who has at last count published some 26 books and along with an uncountable number of scholarly articles on a wide variety of subjects including history, law, ethnic studies, religion and political science.  His most recent book, published in 2013, People, Places, Laws, and Lore of the Ocean State includes a number of Bristol essays. A full professor at Providence College, Conley also practices law and manages a real estate development business.  He has received many awards for his study of history in Rhode Island and is chairman and founder of the Rhode Island Publications Society. Currently he is President of the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame as well as the Heritage Harbor Museum.  A native Rhode Islander with highest honor degrees from Providence College, Notre Dame and Suffolk University Law School, Conley has made his home in Bristol with his wife, Gail,  for many years.

September 21st at 3 p.m.

Richard V. Simpson

Come and meet historian Richard Simpson who has an astonishing 12 books to his credit about Bristol history and he just doesn't stop writing!  His books are full of magnificent early images he has been collecting from many sources for many years and about which he knows every detail. Simpson has done extensive research on the photographs and knows all about the houses and the people in them.  In his most recent book PRESERVING BRISTOL Restoring, Reviving and Remembering, he has expanded the dialogue of his earlier publications by providing biographies of Bristol's earliest citizens starting with the four founding fathers of the Town.  In addition to his many books, Simpson is a writer of even more articles published in the Bristol Phoenix, Parade Magazine, Yankee Magazine and the Providence Journal.  He also was a contributing editor for Antiques & Collecting Magazine where he has authored 85 articles!  Simpson is a native Rhode Islander who has lived in a historic house in downtown Bristol since 1960.

September 28th at 3 p.m.

Christy Millard Nadalin

Come and meet Christy Millard Nadalin, Bristol author and historian, who will give a talk about the inspiration and coming together of the "locals" in her recently published (July 2014) book LEGENDARY LOCALS OF BRISTOL.   This book is a story of Bristol's people from the start of its history and who better to pull all this information together than Nadalin who was born and bred in Bristol and knows almost everyone in town!  Most of us know her by her numerous news and opinion pieces in the East Bay News, the Bristol Phoenix, the Bay Magazine and the East Bay Life; but Nadalin is also a writer, editor and producer of documentary television productions on subjects ranging from cetacean zoology to Lenin to tyrannosaur feces.  A graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Nadalin lives in a historic house in Bristol's downtown Historic District with her husband and children.

OCTOBER is History and Halloween Month

Lots of Bristol history with presentations by Claire Benson on Samuel P. Colt,
late 19th century and early 20th century Bristol industrialist and politician and
founder of the United States Rubber Company, later called Uniroyal, the largest
producer of rubber in the world.  Known for employing much of Bristol and for being
the owner of the local Federal mansion, Linden Place, he and his family were colorful and
 very much part of Bristol's history -- and Claire Benson has many interesting stories.

Linden Place Ballroom, October 16th, 7 p.m.
Herreshoff Room, Rogers Free Library, October 20th, 3 p.m.

Halloween Walk and Children's Event to be announced.

November is Honoring our Local Veterans Month

This will entail a number of small events as well as an exhibit at the Society of our World War I posters and other items collected from local veterans over the years.  The exhibit will include the WAC uniform and other items donated by Lieutenant Colonel Ruth Briggs, colorful Bristol resident and an aide-de-camp to President Eisenhower in WW II, fiancee of President Roosevelt's son, Elliot, and later host, friend and confidant of Svetlana Stalin.


Our collections and library are open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:15 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. and by special appointment. Free to members and $2 for non members. Bring your out-of-town guests for a tour. Books on Bristol history, historic maps, prints and other items are available for sale in our Museum Corner Gift Shop during open hours.


These downtown walking tours with Ray Battcher, the Society's Librarian and Curator, begin at 3 p.m. every Thursday at the Society (48 Court Street).  There are various topics ranging from "Hither and Yon" to "Backdoor Gossip" to "Russell Warren" and more.  Call the Society for the topic of the week.  Wander the streets of Bristol learning about its early settlers or architectural or business history.  Free to members and $5 for non members.  



Founded in 1936 to promote interest in historical research and preservation, to stimulate the study of the history of Southern New England, especially the Town of Bristol, to collect and preserve whatever pertains thereto, and to provide museum quarters for the exhibition of the same and a meeting space for our members.

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