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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.


Come join the fun where it's all about pirates in Bristol and Rhode Island.  Free to KIDS History Club members
and to anyone who comes dressed as a pirate.*  
$5 each otherwise.

Games, food (including grape shot and switchel), 
free eye patches and more!!

Stop by any time between 10 and 2
Sit with Captain Simeon Potter, pirate and privateer from Bristol, and pull surprises out of his amazing box of Bristol history.

 Starting at 11 a.m.
Learn about life as a pirate on a pirate ship.  An essential tool for signing on to a ship as a pirate was to know how to make nautical knots.  Boot camp will teach you this skill.

Starting at 1 p.m.
(weather permitting)
Join the PIRATE MARAUD and search for booty with Mr. Duckert in downtown Bristol.  Just like pirate sailors on the old ships, the booty will be divided and you will be able to take home your share!  
Perhaps you will find pieces of eight?

* This event is best suited for kids 10 years old and younger.


Next Meeting:  Saturday, March , 2018, at 9 a.m.

Society Headquarters

This meeting will focus on brick walls!  
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
send an email to: 
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.


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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