BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Welcome to the BH&PS web site. 
We also have a Facebook page so please don't forget to "Like" us at
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Come visit us!! 
Our building is so cool!  
It's a 1828 jail where not only the prisoners were jailed
but also where the jailer and his wife and children lived. 
There are two very dark old cells on the second floor
and even a VIP jail cell with a fireplace and a window.  
The rear 1858 jail block of 10 austere cells with bars as doors is still intact.  
Come see for yoursel
f.

Open Hours:
1:00 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
1:00 to 4 p.m. Summer Saturdays (June to October)
and always 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.




THE AUGUST 11TH WALKING TOUR
WITH JOHN TSCHIRCH WAS RAINED OUT.  
THE NEW DATE IS TUESDAY, AUGUST 14TH, AT 6 P.M.

Saturday, August 11 at 10 a.m. Walking Tour begins and ends at Linden Place, 500 Hope Street.  Georgian and Federal Architecture.  A walk down Hope and Bradford Streets to view the craftsmanship of the town’s few surviving colonial houses and the more numerous Federal era buildings which rose at the height of Bristol’s seafaring prosperity.

BRISTOL BUILDINGS:  AN ARCHITECTURAL STUDY

ARCHITECTURAL STUDY SERIES

WITH ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIAN,
JOHN TSCHIRCH 



Three Weeks in August
6 Sessions:  
3 Lectures & 3 Walking Tours
Call Linden Place at 401-253-0390 to register
for one, two, three, or for all 6 sessions.  
$10 each or $5  for Society and Linden Place members.  
$50 for the entire series - or $25 for members!


The Bristol Historical and Preservation Society, the Friends of Linden Place, and the Town of Bristol have joined together to sponsor a six-part Architectural Study Series during the month of August to be led by well-known architectural historian John Tschirch.  This exploration of Bristol’s buildings, both monumental and modest, will cover over three hundred years of high level design and craftsmanship inspired by the classical ideals of Greece and Rome combined with the emerging technologies in the Victorian Age.  Through illustrated lectures enhanced by follow-up walking tours, participants will immerse in the riches of Bristol’s architectural heritage.


The Architectural Study Series of Bristol will consist of three lectures on Thursday evenings followed by three walking tours on Saturday mornings covering the Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, and Victorian periods.  Each set of lectures will take place at a different unique building in downtown Bristol from which the walking tours will also begin and end.



Thursday, August 9, 7 p.m. at Linden Place, 500 Hope Street.  Lecture: Classical Taste:  Colonial to Federal Styles. The craftsmen and artisans of 18th and early 19th century Bristol skillfully adapted the Georgian and Neo-Classical styles to local circumstances and tastes.


Saturday, August 11 at 10 a.m. Walking Tour begins and ends at Linden Place, 500 Hope Street.  Georgian and Federal Architecture.  A walk down Hope and Bradford Streets to view the craftsmanship of the town’s few surviving colonial houses and the more numerous Federal era buildings which rose at the height of Bristol’s seafaring prosperity.



Thursday, August 16, 7 p.m. at Bristol County Statehouse, 240 High Street.  Lecture: Temples for All: The Greek Revival.  The Greek Revival with its white columned houses defined the main streets of Bristol and was a popular national style appealing to the aspirations of the new country emerging after the Revolutionary War.


Saturday August 18, 10 a.m. Walking Tour begins and ends at the Bristol County Statehouse, 240 High Street.  The Greek Revival:  A journey past a series of houses on Hope Street, and various side streets, that demonstrate the adaptability of Greek forms and ornament in both grand and modest dwellings. 


Thursday, August 23, 7 p.m.  at the Burnside Building, 400 Hope Street.  Lecture:Industry and Innovation: The Victorian Age.  Gothic Revival, Italianate, Second Empire, Queen Anne Revival were all popular Victorian styles which made their way to Bristol as the town prospered from new industries.  This lecture will also look at 19th century innovation, from windows and woodwork to cast iron.


Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m. Walking Tour begins and ends at the Burnside Building, 400 Hope Street.  Victorian Architecture: Exploring State and High Streets, we will see Victorian houses ranging from workers’ apartments to a landmark Gothic Revival villa by nationally renowned architect, James Renwick.


The lectures and walking tours are all with John R. Tschirch, an award winning architectural historian, writer and photographer.  With a Masters in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, Tschirch has spent thirty years working with Rhode Island’s buildings.  Also, as a Bristol resident, he has wandered the Town’s streets for decades, studying its buildings in detail. He teaches courses in design history and photography at RISD CE and is Visiting Curator of Urban History for the Newport Historical Society. John is also a recipient of the RI Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission’s 2013 Frederick C. Williamson Preservation Leadership Award.




UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE SUMMER OF 2018

For details, please click on the "Events" and "Calendar"  tabs
in the column to the left on this page.


HISTORIC WALKING TOURS EVERY SATURDAY
(see calendar for routes and more dates and times)

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AN ARCHITECTURAL STUDY LECTURE SERIES IN AUGUST


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One more SUMMER HISTORY BOOK CLUB
on Sunday, AUGUST 19th at 1 p.m.

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KIDS SCAVENGER HUNTS IN JUNE, JULY & AUGUST






GENEALOGY CLUB MEETINGS

Next Regular Meeting:  Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 9 a.m.

Society Headquarters

This meeting will focus on discovering your Civil War ancestors.  

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
or 
send an email to:  info@bhps.necoxmail.com 
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.

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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.


Welcome to the BH&PS web site. 
We also have a Facebook page so please don't forget to "Like" us at
BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY. 


*************************

Come visit us!! 
Our building is so cool!  
It's a 1828 jail where not only the prisoners were jailed
but also where the jailer and his wife and children lived. 
There are two very dark old cells on the second floor
and even a VIP jail cell with a fireplace and a window.  
The rear 1858 jail block of 10 austere cells with bars as doors is still intact.  
Come see for yoursel
f.

Open Hours:
1:00 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
1:00 to 4 p.m. Summer Saturdays (June to October)
and always 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.




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