Bristol Historical & Preservation Society
48 Court Street
(PO Box 356)
Bristol, RI  02809

401-253-7223 

info@bhps.necoxmail.com


Welcome to the BH&PS web site. 
We also have a Facebook page so please don't forget to "Like" us at
BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY. 

UPDATED HOURS:
Our collections and library are open
on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
and on Saturdays from 1 to 3 pm.  
We are also open by special appointment.  Call 401-253-7223. 


Free to members and $2 for non-members.
Contact the Society for special guided tours of our collections or for research in our library.
401-253-7223 or info@bhps.necoxmail.com
.

Books on Bristol history, historic maps, prints and other items are available for sale
in our Museum Corner Gift Shop during open hours.


UPCOMING EVENTS
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 at 48 Court Street, Bristol, RI, on Wednesdays and Fridays or click on the membership page to your left.

THE 79th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BH&PS
to be held on
THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015
7 P.M.
AT THE HERRESHOFF COMMUNITY ROOM
ROGERS FREE LIBRARY
525 HOPE STREET, BRISTOL, RI

Business Meeting followed by an Illustrated Lecture.

"Bonnet-Makers and Rabble-Rousers:  
Fascinating Women in Rhode Island's Past
"


Program co-sponsored by the
Bristol Historical & Preservation Society and the Rogers Free Library.

Talk by Elyssa Tardif, Ph.D., Director of the Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs at the Rhode Island Historical Society and Adjunct Faculty at Rhode Island College

Using rarely seen images from the Rhode Island Historical Society collections, Elyssa Tardif explores the stories of fascinating women who shaped Rhode Island's history.  In a talk that covers the four centuries since Rhdoe Island's founding, Tardif will highlight the lives of Ann Haven, the intrepid founder of Haven Brothers Diner in the 19th century, and Dinah Sisson, who used a smear campaign to make waves through Newport's African American community in the 18th century, among other intriguing figures.







MARCH 2015 IS GENEALOGY MONTH AT BH&PS!!
March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4


The BH&PS is very excited about offering a 5-week genealogy program at the Society to be held on Saturdays from 9 to 12 noon.  
$20 for all 5 sessions or $5 per session
(details below)


Please register as there is limited seating!
We also want to be sure we have enough handout packets for all sessions.

Reserve your space by sending an email to:  info@bhps.necoxmail.com
and pay at the door of the first session.
OR:
Reserve your space by sending a check for $20 made out to BHPS Genealogy
and mail to BHPS Genealogy, PO Box 356, Bristol, RI  02809

Please be sure to include your name, email address and telephone number AND your level of genealogical research:  Beginners and advanced researchers are all welcome!

All sessions to be held at Society Headquarters, 48 Court Street, Bristol, RI,
with plenty of parking in Town parking lot across the street.  
Internet access available for laptop connection.


March 7, 14 and 21:  Genealogy 101
for beginners and also for more advanced researchers
Instructor:  Lynda Rego
Powerpoint presentation and plenty of opportunity to ask questions.


March 28: Bristol 101
  for all who are doing research in Bristol and/or who want to know about the available genealogical resources in Town - at the Society,
at the Town Hall Vaults, at Rogers Free Library and
at Roger Williams University
Instructor:  Rei Battcher


April 4: Brick Wall Session 
with various experts available.  
Bring your laptops and your "brick walls"  to the Society for one on one assistance.
Experts:  Lynda Rego and Rei Battcher and others will be on hand to guide you.


The BH&PS will also be forming a "Genealogy Club" to meet regularly at the Society and to do group visits to various genealogical conferences, libraries and resources throughout New England.  
Sign-up sheets will be at all sessions
 or please email info@bhps.necoxmail.com
to be notified when more information is available.






OPEN HOURS  

Our collections and library are open year around on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1:30 to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m.  And we also always open by special appointment.  Call ahead for special tours of our collections or for access to our research library.  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.





BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY


Welcome to the BH&PS web site. 
We also have a Facebook page so please don't forget to "Like" us at
BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY. 

UPDATED HOURS:
Our collections and library are open
on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1:30 to 5 p.m.
Beginning May 9th, the Society will also be open on Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m.
until further notice.  We are also open by special appointment.  Call 401-253-7223. 


Free to members and $3 for non-members.
Contact the Society for special guided tours of our collections or for research in our library.
401-253-7223 or info@bhps.necoxmail.com
.

Books on Bristol history, historic maps, prints and other items are available for sale
in our Museum Corner Gift Shop during open hours.


UPCOMING EVENTS
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.

THE 79th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE BH&PS
to be held on
THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2015
7 P.M.
at the Herreshoff Community Meeting Room
Rogers Free Library
525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI


Business Meeting including the election of Officers for 2015-2016
 followed by an Illustrated Lecture.


"Bonnet-Makers and Rabble-Rousers:  
Fascinating Women in Rhode Island's Past
"


Program co-sponsored by the
Bristol Historical & Preservation Society and the Rogers Free Library.  
Free and open to the public.


Talk by Elyssa Tardif, Ph.D., Director of the Newell D. Goff Center for Education and Public Programs at the Rhode Island Historical Society and Adjunct Faculty at Rhode Island College

Using rarely seen images from the Rhode Island Historical Society collections, Elyssa Tardif explores the stories of fascinating women who shaped Rhode Island's history.  In a talk that covers the four centuries since Rhode Island's founding, Tardif will highlight the lives of Ann Haven, the intrepid founder of Haven Brothers Diner in the 19th century, and Dinah Sisson, who used a smear campaign to make waves through Newport's African American community in the 18th century, among other intriguing figures.







MARCH 2015 IS GENEALOGY MONTH AT BH&PS!!
March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4


The BH&PS is very excited about offering a 5-week genealogy program at the Society to be held on Saturdays from 9 to 12 noon.  
$20 for all 5 sessions or $5 per session
(details below)


Please register as there is limited seating!
We also want to be sure we have enough handout packets for all sessions.

Reserve your space by sending an email to:  info@bhps.necoxmail.com
and pay at the door of the first session.
OR:
Reserve your space by sending a check for $20 made out to BHPS Genealogy
and mail to BHPS Genealogy, PO Box 356, Bristol, RI  02809

Please be sure to include your name, email address and telephone number AND your level of genealogical research:  Beginners and advanced researchers are all welcome!

All sessions to be held at Society Headquarters, 48 Court Street, Bristol, RI,
with plenty of parking in Town parking lot across the street.  
Internet access available for laptop connection.


March 7, 14 and 21:  Genealogy 101
for beginners and also for more advanced researchers
Instructor:  Lynda Rego
Powerpoint presentation and plenty of opportunity to ask questions.


March 28: Bristol 101
  for all who are doing research in Bristol and/or who want to know about the available genealogical resources in Town - at the Society,
at the Town Hall Vaults, at Rogers Free Library and
at Roger Williams University
Instructor:  Rei Battcher


April 4: Brick Wall Session 
with various experts available.  
Bring your laptops and your "brick walls"  to the Society for one on one assistance.
Experts:  Lynda Rego and Rei Battcher and others will be on hand to guide you.


The BH&PS will also be forming a "Genealogy Club" to meet regularly at the Society and to do group visits to various genealogical conferences, libraries and resources throughout New England.  
Sign-up sheets will be at all sessions
 or please email info@bhps.necoxmail.com
to be notified when more information is available.






OPEN HOURS  

Our collections and library are open year around on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1:30 to 5 p.m. and beginning on May 9, 2015, Saturdays from 1 to 3 p.m.  And we also always open by special appointment.  Call ahead for special tours of our collections or for access to our research library.  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
SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL ONLY
Please call ahead for confirmation of tour.

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.  WE WILL ANNOUNCE WHEN THE TOURS BEGIN AGAIN IN THE SPRING.

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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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