BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY
 

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BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY. 

Our collections and library are open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:15 to 5 p.m.
and Saturdays from 2 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.



ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd, WE ARE OPEN FROM 2 TO 6 P.M.
EXTRA HOURS FOR BRISTOL'S DOWNTOWN STROLL FOR THE HOLIDAY PREVIEW.  GIFT SHOP INCLUDES BOOKS, MAPS, CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS, POSTERS AND MORE.



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 Wednesday, Friday or Saturday afternoons or click on the membership page to your left.

Thursday, December 4, at 7 p.m.
 
"Remarkable Women of Rhode Island" at Rogers Free Library
with speakers Frank Grzyb and Russell DeSimone
(see below)

Sunday, January 4, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Holiday Party at the Society

Sunday, January 25, at 12 noon
Winter Luncheon at the Linden Place Ballroom
with speaker and architectural historian Dr. Catherine W. Zipf

(This luncheon fundraiser will be by reservation only and
more information about cost and menu will be posted shortly.)





REMARKABLE WOMEN OF RHODE ISLAND

Book Talk and PowerPoint Presentation 
by the authors,
Frank L. Grzyb and Russell J. DeSimone


Thursday, December 4, 2014
7 pm
Rogers Free Library
525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI


The Bristol Historical & Preservation Society is hosting a book talk and PowerPoint presentation by Frank L. Grzyb and Russell J. DeSimone, co-authors of “Remarkable Women of Rhode Island.” 

This newly published book is about the many accomplished Rhode Island women who are perhaps less famous, for instance, than Anne Hutchinson whose name is synonymous with religious freedom in the 17th century, but who are just as remarkable.  The authors have written essays about many of these women starting with Weetamoo and Awashonks, queen sachems of the 17th century Wampanoag tribe.  From there they include Rhode Island women over the next four centuries who were and are activists, reformers, abolitionists, suffragists, poets, writers, artists, actresses, educators, preservationists, historians, religious leaders, athletes, doctors, lawyers, judges and engineers.

Grzyb is the author of a number of books written about the American Civil War and the Vietnam Conflict including “Hidden History of Rhode Island and the Civil War.”  DeSimone is the leading scholar on the Dorr Rebellion and recently produced a documentary film about this little known historic event that has impacted voter rights on a national scale. 

Free and Open to the Public







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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