BRISTOL HISTORICAL & PRESERVATION SOCIETY

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OPEN HOURS
1:00 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
1:00 to 3 p.m. Summer Saturdays (June through October)
and by special appointment.
Also open for the Bristol-Warren Art Night on August 31st from 6 to 8 p.m.
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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.



SEPTEMBER PROGRAM

Monday, September 25th at 7 p.m.
Roger's Free Library (525 Hope Street)


Lecture by Gerald Carbone, author of 
NATHANAEL GREENE:  A BIOGRAPHY OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION


When the Revolutionary War began, Nathanael Greene was a private in the militia, the lowest rank possible, yet he emerged from the war with a reputation as George Washington's most gifted and dependable officer--celebrated as one of three most important generals. Upon taking command of America's Southern Army in 1780, Nathanael Greene was handed troops that consisted of 1,500 starving, nearly naked men. Gerald Carbone explains how within a year, the small worn-out army ran the British troops out of Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina and into the final trap at Yorktown.

Despite his huge military successes and tactical genius Greene's story has a dark side. Gerald Carbone drew on 25 years of reporting and researching experience to create his chronicle of Greene's unlikely rise to success and his fall into debt and anonymity.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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THURSDAY AFTERNOON WALKING TOURS
WILL CONTINUE THROUGH OCTOBER 5TH

Thursday afternoon tours of downtown Bristol: 
 Every Thursday starting at 3 p.m.
Meet at the Society, 48 Court Street.
$5 for Non-Members and FREE for members

Tour Guides:  Rei Battcher & Clara Read
For the weekly tour direction, click on the
HISTORIC WALKING TOUR link on left.


SPECIALTY WALKING TOURS for FALL 2017
$10 for non-members and $5 for members

Meet at Society, 48 Court Street.
For details, click on link
"Historic Walking Tours"
in left hand column of this page.


"Downtown Tree Walk"
Tour Guide:  Bill Chittick
Sunday, October 1 at 2 p.m.


"Women of Bristol" Walking Tour

Tour Guide:  Clara Read

Saturday, October 7th at 2 p.m.

"Bombed and Burned" Walking Tour
Tour Guide:  Rei Battcher
Sunday, October 8th at 2 p.m.

The following tour does not meet at the Society but does meet at the
Main Gate to Juniper Hill Cemetery at 24 Sherry Avenue


"Sunset Tour of Historic Juniper Hill Cemetery"
Tour Guide:  Chris Fletcher
Sunday, October 29th at 5:30 p.m.


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NEEDLEPOINT WORKSHOP
with Karen Trumpeter Katin, Co-Owner of Stitchery, RI

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 from 2 to 4 p.m.
$20 for members, $25 for non members
To be held at the Bristol Statehouse.

Design your own scene of Bristol history and create it on a bookmark.  This is a beginner needlepoint workshop and all materials will be provided.

The Ruth Briggs and Marie Dick needlepoints depicting scenes of Bristol history
 will be on display for inspiration.


Class size is limited so please call the Society at 401-253-7223 or email at info@bhps.necoxmail.com to reserve your space.

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GENEALOGY CLUB MEETINGS

Next Meeting:  September 9, 2017, at 9 a.m.

Society Headquarters

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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