BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY

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BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY. 

Our Museum and Library are open year around (see hours below) and we are open 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.



OPEN HOURS  

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


MUSEUM TOURS
Guided museum tours are available during open hours.  Tour the exhibits throughout the building including the old jail cells, the Burnside exhibit, the Children's Exhibit Room, the Almy Exhibit Room.  
Free to members and $2 for non members.  Bring your out-of-town guests for a tour!  
For group tours, please call ahead so that we may prepare for your visit.

UPCOMING EVENTS
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.


HISTORIC WALKING TOURS

Click on Historic Walking Tours Link to the left for full schedule.  

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th at 3 p.m.
"Russell Warren Houses in Downtown Bristol"
with Rei Battcher, Historian
Meet at the Society.
Thursday Afternoon Walking Tours are held from May through September.  They all begin and end at the Society and are $5 or free to BHPS members.  The topic changes from week to week.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th at 10 a.m.
"Historic Trees of Downtown Bristol"
with Bill Chittick,
Founder of the Bristol Tree Society
($5 for members and $10 for non-members)
Meet at the Society.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9th at 2 p.m.
"Bombed and Burned"
with Rei Battcher, aka Simeon Potter
($5 for members and $10 for non-members)
Meet at the Society.



UPCOMING LECTURES
All lectures are free and open to the public.  And followed by a reception to meet the speaker.

THE LAST CIVIL WAR VETERANS

Speaker Frank L. Grzyb
Monday, September 12, 2016, at 7 p.m.
Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI


HOW TO TALK ABOUT SLAVERY IN 2016

Speaker Ray Rickman
Monday, October 24, 2016, at 7 p.m.
Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI

GOOD TIMES, SUNDAY DINNERS AND MORE...
Speaker Ed Iannuccilli
Monday, November 28, 2016, at 7 p.m.
Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI








GENEALOGY CLUB MEETINGS


Next Meeting:  Saturday, September 10, 2016, at 9 a.m.
Society Headquarters, 48 Court Street, Bristol


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.

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.


                   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.

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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