BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY

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BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY. 


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OPEN HOURS
1:00 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
1:00 to 3 p.m. Summer Saturdays (June to October 8th)
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.





MUSEUM CORNER GIFT SHOP
OPEN FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING 

SATURDAY & SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 AND 10 from 1 to 3 p.m.

BOOKS, MAPS, POSTERS, HISTORIC POST CARDS & CHOCOLATE

  Holiday Shopping at BH&PS this weekend! Lots of map and print reproductions as well as aerial views of Bristol will be for sale along with history books such as the reprint of Sketches of Old Bristol by Charles O. F. Thompson. There are books, too, by local authors Christy Nadalin, Richard V. Simpson and Patrick Conley. We still have some beautiful Bristol posters (Doors of Bristol and Mount Hope Bridge) by artist Janet Schulz and we have many vintage post cards. And there's much more! We even have some delicious chocolates molded into RI shapes such as in the shape of RI and in the shape of the Bristol seal. They make great stocking stuffers! Stop by and browse.



ALSO OPEN FROM 1 TO 5 ON WEDNESDAYS, THURSDAYS AND FRIDAYS.










GENEALOGY CLUB MEETINGS

Next Meeting:  Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 9 a.m.

Society Headquarters



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.

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