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 Scheduled 2014 Board of Directors Meetings 

Held on Tuesdays at 6:30pm in the Bristol Historical Society Meeting Room:

All members are welcome to attend.

2014 BHS UPCOMING EVENTS : Come join us!


June 6th & 7th - BHS Annual Tag Sale

Saturday, June 14th (12pm-4pm) - CT Open House Day

Thursday, June 19th (7pm) - "The Terry Homestead" Tom Vaughan, Presenter

Saturday, June 28th (2pm-4pm) - Reading on the Green, Co-sponsored with the Bristol Public Library



Saturday, July 5th - Muzzy Field 100th Anniversary Celebration

Thursday, July 17th (7pm) - "Diners" Jenna Carroll, Presenter

Sunday, July 27th (12pm-4pm) - BHS Postcard Show



Thursday, August 21st (7pm) - "Traditions, Trials & Turmoil within Bristol Churches" Tom Dickau, Presenter





The History of Diners

Thursday, July 17th at 7pm


Jenna Carroll, former director of the American Clock and Watch Museum, will be presenting a history of the diner and how it became an American institution.  Prior to her talk, a blue plate special dinner of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans and diner dessert will be provided at 5:30 pm at the Historical Society building.  The dinner is $10 per person and is limited to 50 persons, reservations are requested.   For reservations please call:  860-583-6309.  The diner program will be presented at the Bristol Historical Society, 98 Summer Street, on July 17, at 7 pm.  The program part is free to members, $5 to non-members.




The Historical Society has many committees and is always looking for interested volunteers. From office support to cataloguing and caring for the collection to helping with publicity, the website or the programs, this is a great way to meet people and stay involved.
Please call the Historical Society offices at 860-583-6309 if you would like more information on any of these opportunities, or to offer your own time and talent to help preserve our past and tell the community's story for the future.


BHS members Kevin Prior, Bob Boudreau and Bob Alim  generously donate a memorable 10 course dinner and a high tea each year to the Evening on the Hill Annual  Auction which they host in their home, Broadview Manor, to the delight of the guests.  Pictured are the chefs, Kevin and Bob B., joined by BHS member Joel Patterson (center) who acted as assistant sous chef.


Cemetery Talk
Bristol Historical Society member and Revolutionary War re-enactment enthusiast Tom Angels, wearing the tricorn hat, uses Historical Society member Joel Patterson as a model. The talk was sponsored by the city's Cemetery Commission in Downs Cemetery on October 12. Both Downs Cemetery and the Lewis Street Cemetery each have over 30 Revolutionary War soldiers buried within its fences. More talks are planned for spring.

Be A Greeter or a Worker Bee!

Volunteers are always needed to assist at the many programs and events the Historical Society hosts during the month, including the popular Third Thursday lecture series. Can't attend the event? No problem - we also have a loyal group of bakers who supply us with refreshments.


Flood of '55 Oral Interviews
March 2005

(L-R) Ann Draper Hayes shows her wedding album to Marie, David, and Yolande Fournier before her oral history interview. She was married the day after the flooding in 1955 at St. Joseph's Church. Marie Fournier was also interviewed about her flood experiences living on the corner of Barnes and Tulip Street.

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