THANK YOU FOR DONATING TO OUR ANNUAL APPEAL. WE FEEL SO LUCKY TO HAVE SUPPORTERS LIKE YOU.
We miss you!! While our building may be closed, our workaholic staff, Board, and volunteers are tirelessly preparing for when we reopen. It is so important that Bristol’s history—your history—continues to serve our local community, whether by Pandora's blog, socially distant walking tours, exhibits, or Zoom programs.
Your support matters more than ever during this pandemic. Whatever the amount, your donation is deeply appreciated.
Please stay safe!!
Note: Did you know that under the CARES Act, passed in March of 2020, individuals who file their 2020 income taxes using the standard deduction may deduct up to $300 in donations made to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations like the BH&PS? Please verify with your accountant or tax preparer for details, but in the meantime, this NY Times article gives the broad outline: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/20/your-money/charity-deductions-taxes-coronavirus.html?smid=em-share
DUE TO COVID-19, the BH&PS is currently closed to visitors. While we are waiting to reopen, please feel free to contact the Society if you have questions or would like our historians to do research for you.
NOTE: We can now accommodate in-person research in our document room and library- - by appointment only -- on Thursday and Friday afternoons between 1 and 4 p.m. Please call or email in advance for an appointment at
401-253-7223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please check out Research and Reproduction page for details about researching at the Society, including associated costs for both in-person and remote research.
OCTOBER 2020 Issue
Slavery in the Revolutionary Era
Read the latest History KIDS Tales from Jail Newsletter, researched, written, and designed entirely by four of Bristol's Mount Hope High School students.
Learn about how rum made in Bristol contributed to the Triangle Trade, how horse breeding in RI became important to the sugar plantations, how James DeWolf of Bristol led the illegal trade, how the abolitionists took action against slavery, how the 1st Rhode Island Black Regiment was formed during the Revolutionary War, and how the states gradually enacted laws to end the practice of slavery.
Our MOM & POP BUSINESSES OF BRISTOL'S PAST exhibit opened in March of 2020 and then we had to close our doors to the general public.
A Mom and Pop Store is defined as “a small retail business, typically family-operated”. The fate of these type of shops is a topic very much of the moment and we hope that this exhibit starts conversations in our community regarding the changing role of small businesses.
Click here to see images from those "lost" businesses.
While we are closed, our staff has been creating new exhibits both virtually for now and physically for when we reopen.
The mission of the Society is to stimulate interest in the history of Bristol, Rhode Island, through education, research, and the collection and preservation of historic objects.
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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