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 to October 8th)
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.




HOLIDAY PARTY!! 
Sunday, January 7th from 3 to 5 p.m.

Come join the Society in celebrating the close of 2017 and the beginning of 2018.  
We'll have lots of delicious food along with our traditional
Helene Tessler Champagne and Sparkling Grape punches.




2018 WINTER LUNCHEON
Sunday, January 21st
at 12:30 p.m.
S.S. Dion Restaurant, 520 Thames Street, Bristol, RI

$40 per person, full luncheon meal (see menu below).
Reservation required as seating is limited.


BRISTOL THROUGH THE LENSE OF TIME
Illustrated lecture with John Tschirch,
Architectural Historian and Photographer
John Tschirch will take us on an illustrated journey through Bristol's remarkable built heritage through his own images.  From the grandeur of Linden Place to the fine craftsmanship of the Town's smaller houses, John will discuss the architectural richness of our most historic town.


A longtime Bristol resident, John Tschirch has lectured widely in the U.S. and abroad on architecture, landscapes, and historic sites.  After receiving his M.A. from the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, most of his 30-year career has been with the Preservation Society of Newport County where he was Director of Museum Affairs and Architectural Historian.  He has published numerous articles and received awards including the Frederick C. Williamson Professional Leadership Award from the RI State Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission.  Currently he teaches design history at RISD’s Continuing Education and is also adjunct faculty in art history at Bristol Community College.  Also a writer, he maintains a monthly blog “Confessions of the Globetrekking Architetural Historian.”  His expert photographic eye continually seeks out all things interesting and evocative in the world of design including not only the Gilded Age mansions of Newport and the domes of ancient emperors, but also the details of Bristol’s historic past. 

MENU
CALL 401-253-7223 FOR RESERVATIONS
OR EMAIL TO: info@bhps.necoxmail.com
OR SEND DIRECTLY TO BHPS

Please make check payable to BHPS Winter Luncheon and mail to:
BHPS Winter Luncheon, PO Box 356, Bristol, RI  02809.

Let us know your luncheon choice @ $40 each.
Full meal includes main course with garlic mashed potatoes and vegetables,
 soup, dessert (mud pie), coffee.  
Cash bar is available.
PLEASE SELECT FROM:
1.  Chicken Piccata
2.  Baked Fish with Bread Crumbs
3.  Pork Tenderloin with Brown Gravy
4.  Vegetarian Eggplant Parmigiana



GENEALOGY CLUB MEETINGS

Next Meeting:  Saturday, January 6, 2018, 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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