"There Is No Longer Any Safety in Business: Lies & Profit in the Rhode Island-Cuba Circuit"
Join guest speaker Stephen Chambers for a talk about the year 1825 when financial hedging in New York City, combined with catastrophic weather in Russia and Cuba, disrupted the Bristol slave trader George D'Wolf's empire.
Come join us for our Summer History Book Club where we will be reading three books about food in the early days of the U.S. We will meet in person to discuss the selected books at 1 p.m. on June 27, July 25, & August 29. It's free, it's fun. No need to pre-register....just read the book and come join us.
RESEARCH AT THE BH&PS
We have a non-lending library open to people wanting to learn more about Bristol. We also can accommodate in-person research in our document room and library- - within Covid guidelines and by appointment only -- on Thursday and Friday afternoons between 1 and 4 p.m. Please call or email in advance for an appointment to be sure that a staff member or a volunteer will be on site to access the information you are seeking.
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.
Check out our WALKING TOUR PAGE for the dates and times of tours --- and for self-guided maps.
Have you read any of our "Tales from Jail" Newsletters written for and sometimes by our History Kids in high school?
And did you know that we have extensive genealogy files for many Bristol and Rhode Island families? Click here for a pdf of the names of many Bristol families.
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.
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.
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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
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.
The Bristol Historical & Preservation Society is a 501(c)(3) Organization.
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