48 COURT STREET, BRISTOL, RI 02809
PO BOX 356, BRISTOL, RI 02809
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.
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 email@example.com.
Please check out Research and Reproduction page for details about researching at the Society, including associated costs for both in-person and remote research.
Click here to read the latest blog from Pandora.
Read the latest Tales from Jail Newsletters with articles digging deep into stories about historic Bristol.
Bristol has had and has so many interesting people living in town during its 341 years of history. George Waters Diman is one of those people. Born in 1823, he made his first whaling voyage at the age of 16. In all, over the next 27 years, he made 44 voyages out of Bristol. In 1896, he sat down and wrote a book about his adventures, his service in the Civil War, and his time in Bristol. Read more about him in Pandora's Blog.
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.
We welcome donations!
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. Whatever the amount, your donation is deeply appreciated.
Note: Did you know the CARES Act, originally passed in March of 2020, allowed for charitable giving by individuals who file their income taxes using the standard deduction, and that it has been extended to include 2021? This means that individuals who file their 2020 and 2021 income taxes using the standard deduction may deduct up to $300 in donations made to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations like the BH&PS. For couples who file jointly, this is increased to $600. 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/2021/03/12/business/tax-return-changes-2022.html?searchResultPosition=1. Also there is more information at: https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IN/IN11420
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.
The Bristol Historical & Preservation Society is a 501(c)(3) Organization.
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