BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Welcome to the BH&PS web site. 
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BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY.

 


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Come visit us!! 
Our building is so cool!  
It's a 1828 jail where not only the prisoners were jailed
but also where the jailer and his wife and children lived. 
There are two very dark old cells on the second floor
and even a VIP jail cell with a fireplace and a window.  
The rear 1858 jail block of 10 austere cells with bars as doors is still intact.  
Come see for yoursel
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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 always 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.


HOUSE TOUR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!
Next Committee Meeting Date:  
Tuesday, April 16th at 7 p.m.
Society Headquarters
48 Court Street, Bristol

Just come and join us!  Don't be shy.
Email us:  HouseTour2019@bhps.necoxmail.com

SAVE THE DATE!

BH&PS HOUSE TOUR 2019
Saturday, September 21st, 10 to 4 p.m.
10-12 HOUSES OPEN
TROLLEY 

UPCOMING EVENTS & PROGRAMS

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EXHIBIT
"NEVER DONE: WOMEN'S WORK IN BRISTOL"

OPEN THROUGH APRIL 26
WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 1 TO 5 PM
SUGGESTED DONATION: $3

In honor of Women's History Month, the exhibit explores the extensive role women played in Bristol's local industries and the extent to which that work defined their lives.  Bristol's women cooked many meals, cared for many children and produced many textiles, including samplers, dresses, and embroideries.  They also wrote books, painted china and made just about everything they and their families needed. A selection of objects from the Society's collections is on display. 




FLEA AND FAIR
SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 10 to 4 PM
RAIN DATE: SUNDAY, JUNE 9
 One-day flea market and fair at the Bristol Statehouse.  
Antiques, toys, books, household items for sale.  
Also, 10x10 pop-up spots available @$25 each to vendors, artists, 
crafters, antique dealers, jewelry makers.

Start your spring cleaning now?  BH&PS is looking for donations for the flea market and we will even pick them up at your house for free!  Contact BH&PS Board Member, Dan Manchester,  
at 401-829-9340 to arrange for pickup.  

Smaller items may also be left at the Society during open hours.

Suggested items:  Small furniture, bicycles (in good condition), glassware (no chips or cracks, please), china, lamps, costume jewelry, mirrors, antique items, musical instruments, clocks, tools, small appliance (in working condition), and other useable items - new or old.







GENEALOGY CLUB MEETINGS

Next Meeting: April 6, 2019, at 9 a.m.

Society Headquarters
  

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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