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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.

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.

KIDS Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, August 23rd
2-4 p.m.


Meet at the Society, 48 Court Street, and the hunt will cover several nearby streets.  All KIDS need to be accompanied by an adult.


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

Tour Guide:  Rei Battcher
For the weekly tour direction, click on the


"Women of Bristol" Walking Tour
Tour Guide:  Clara Read

Saturday, August 12th
2 p.m.
Meet at Society, 48 Court Street.

Free for members and $5 for Non-Members

Participants on the tour learn about the houses of such notable Bristol woman as Alice (Bell) Morgan, who lived and taught in Istanbul, gave lessons on finance, and appeared on the quiz show, the $64,000.00 Question.  The tour also includes the houses of the Codman sisters and the Barnes sisters, who, as Boston residents, built large summer homes in Bristol.  Other stops include the homes of Izannah Walker, one of the first early 19th century doll manufacturers, Mary Lee Cantwell, author and memoirist, and Alice DeWolf Pardee, prolific author and co-founder of the Bristol Art Museum.


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
send an email to: 
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.

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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