BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY

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CLICK on the "Calendar" link to the left to see what upcoming events are scheduled.  We have Cynthia Mestad Johnson coming in June to talk about her new book "James DeWolf and the Rhode Island Slave Trade" at both the Society and at Linden Place.  In addition Rafael Ocasio is coming in July to talk about his book "Afro-Cuban Constumbrismo:  From Plantations to the Slums".

UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
7 p.m. Herreshoff Community Room
Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope Street, Bristol

Free and Open to the Public

 LITERARY PORTRAITS OF AFRO-CUBAN CUSTOMS:
19TH CENTURY CUBAN COSTUMBRISMO

TALK BY PROFESSOR RAFAEL OCASIO


To expand on the Society's ongoing Bristol-Cuba research and programs, Professor Ocasio will discuss Costumbrismo which refers to depictions of life in Latin America in the 18th and 19th centuries.  This popular literary movement introduced some of the earliest black themes in Cuban literature.  Using both music and film clips, our speaker will highlight subjects from his book AFRO-CUBAN COSTUMBRISMO: FROM PLANTATIONS TO THE SLUMS and will examine ways in which Costumbrismo writers documented slaves' and freed Blacks' cultural practices.  

Professor Rafael Ocasio is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish at Agnes Scott College in Decature, Georgia, and he specializes in contemporary Latin American literatures and culture. He has published three books and is currently working on an anthology of Franz Boas of Puerto Rico.










OPEN HOURS  

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.  We are also open on the first Sunday of every month from 2 to 4 p.m.  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.


THURSDAY DOWNTOWN WALKING TOURS

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.  

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Collections

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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