BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY

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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
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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.




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.


WALKING TOURS EVERY SATURDAY
(see calendar for routes and more dates and times)
Saturday, June 23rd, 2 p.m. "Historic Byfield Street"
with tour guide Rei Battcher
Saturday, June 30th, 10 a.m. "Historic Juniper Hill Cemetery Tour"
with tour guide Chris Fletcher.

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A FLEA MARKET ON AUGUST 4TH
(Looking for your donations now...free pickup, too!  Call us!)
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A BUS TOUR TO MARK TWAIN'S HOUSE on JULY 21st
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AN ARCHITECTURAL STUDY LECTURE SERIES IN AUGUST
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SUMMER HISTORY BOOK CLUB IN JUNE, JULY & AUGUST
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KIDS SCAVENGER HUNTS IN JUNE, JULY & AUGUST







Saturday, June 30th, at 10 a.m.
PEOPLE, STONES & TREES WALKING TOUR 
AT JUNIPER HILL CEMETERY

Walk this romantic and historic Juniper Hill Cemetery with arborist, Chris Fletcher, and learn about its unique history of people, stones and amazing trees.  A perfect example of the rural cemetery movement of the mid 1800s of landscaped grounds, it has winding lanes and beautiful plantings.  Many of the familiar names of early Bristol families are on the headstones including the Wardwells, the Bradfords, the Dimonds, the DeWolfs, to name just a few, and all of whom have left stories to be told.

Tour begins at the stone gates at the entrance to Juniper Hill Cemetery, 24 Sherry Avenue, Bristol.  $10 per person or $5 for Society members.  Children 12 and under are free and must be accompanied by an adult.





GENEALOGY CLUB MEETINGS

Special Summer Genie Event
June 23, 2018, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
WikiTree Workshop with Michael Stills

This workshop is for those who have already registered with WikiTree
and have a basic understanding of the site.  WikiTree is a site where genealogists, amateurs and professionals, meet and collaborate with each other on their research.  For more information and to explore the site, go to wikitree.com.  Register.  It's free.
This WikiTree workshop is also free and open to the public.  
Society Headquarters located at 48 Court Street, Bristol, RI.



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.

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