BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY


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UPCOMING EVENTS

SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER & NOVEMBER PROGRAMS, 2014 

SEPTEMBER is Book Month

with Sunday afternoon presentations by local authors at the Society


OCTOBER is History and Halloween Month

Lots of Bristol history with presentations by Claire Benson on Samuel P. Colt,
late 19th century and early 20th century Bristol industrialist and politician and
founder of the United States Rubber Company, later called Uniroyal, the largest
producer of rubber in the world.  Known for employing much of Bristol and for being
the owner of the local Federal mansion, Linden Place, he and his family were colorful and
 very much part of Bristol's history -- and Claire Benson has many interesting stories.

Linden Place Ballroom, October 16th, 7 p.m.
Herreshoff Room, Rogers Free Library, October 20th, 3 p.m.


Halloween Walk and Children's Event to be announced.


November is Honoring our Local Veterans Month

This will entail a number of small events as well as an exhibit at the Society of our World War I posters and other items collected from local veterans over the years.  The exhibit will include the WAC uniform and other items donated by Lieutenant Colonel Ruth Briggs, colorful Bristol resident and an aide-de-camp to President Eisenhower in WW II, fiancee of President Roosevelt's son, Elliot, and later host, friend and confidant of Svetlana Stalin.




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. 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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