MOM & POP BUSINESSES OF BRISTOL'S PAST
Our current exhibit is a collection of historic photographs, business cards, posters, signs and other objects from businesses of Bristol's past, focusing on the Mom and Pop businesses that lined Hope, Thames, and State Streets, among others.
While we are closed due to COVID-19, the slide shows below are of photographs and ephemera associated with those lost businesses.
Local Bristolians will remember the Tweety Bird who welcomed many generations of diners to Tweet's Balzanos Family Restaurant at the top of Mt. Hope Avenue. Because Tweet's is one of the lost businesses, Tweety is now here at the Society, and a star attraction of the exhibit as he stands tall 3 and a half feet tall!
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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