BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY

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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 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 MORE UPCOMING EVENTS, PLEASE CLICK ON "EVENTS"  IN THE COLUMN TO THE LEFT

TEXTILES IN THE COLLECTION


Silk bodice dating to the 1850s.

MAY 24 AND MAY 26, 2018


PROGRAM MEETING
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Illustrated Presentation by Textile Conservator, Maria Vazquez 
"TEXTILES FROM THE BH&PS COLLECTION"

7 p.m. on Thursday, May 24
Bristol Statehouse, 240 High Street
Free and open to the public


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BEHIND-THE SCENES TOUR OF THE TEXTILE COLLECTION
with Textile Conservator, Maria Vazquez
10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26*
Society Headquarters, 48 Court Street

* Limited to 15 people.  $10 each.
Please email info@bhps.necoxmail.com or call 401-253-7223 to reserve your space.


Both events represent a first-time-ever opportunity to interact with the BH&PS historic textiles and to learn from a professional textile historian and conservationist.  A Master Seamstress, Ms. Vazquez earned her Master of Science in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design from the University of Rhode Island.  In addition to her work at the BH&PS, Ms. Vazquez has also worked for the Preservation Society of Newport County and other organizations around Rhode Island.

The lecture on May 24th at 7 p.m. will be a discussion of the history of the BH&PS textiles and will focus on specific pieces of clothing of special significance.  

The private tour on May 26th at 10 a.m. will give participants first hand experience with the objects featured in her lecture and the opportunity to discuss the history, care, and conservation of historic textiles with Ms. Vazquez.


CLICK ON THE EVENTS TAB ON THE LEFT
TO SEE MORE OF OUR UPCOMING EVENTS




GENEALOGY CLUB MEETINGS


Next Meeting:  Saturday, June 2, 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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