Preserving Our Past for Our Future.

BHS_Seal_lgThe Bristol Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets significant historical resources to enhance the present community and provide a historical context for future growth. Our vision, sustained by the work of staff and volunteers and supported by the generosity of the community, the Bristol Historical Society strives to: Develop and operate a vigorous center for a variety of community educational activities. Collect, preserve, and interpret a collection of local historic artifacts and records. Promote community events of historical significance with public appeal. Encourage the preservation and restoration of the community’s historical assets.


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98 Summer Street
Bristol, Connecticut 06010
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  • 4 days ago by Bristol Historical Society

    Bristol Historical Society
    Join us this Thursday @ 7pm! While the small town of Bristol, Connecticut was quiet in the wee hours of April 20, 1918, the most shocking time in its military history was beginning 3,600 miles away in the ruined town of Seicheprey, France. As Bristol slept, its men who were part of the Yankee Division’s 102nd Infantry were deafened by a massive, unrelenting German bombardment. These green troops were about to make history by participating in the first significant engagement fought by the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. What followed was vicious hand to hand fighting with 3,200 attacking German storm troopers in the trenches, in the woods, in the village. When the fighting ceased, 18 Bristol men from Company D were wounded, almost two dozen were captured, and a total of 8 Bristol men died, all within just 24 hours.
    Bristol's Participation in the Battle of Seicheprey
    4 days ago Bristol Historical Society
    Yes, you can learn more here:
    4 days ago Cindy Day 1
    Very interesting, thanks for posting!
    4 days ago Lynette F Werner
    This is my Grandfather Benedict Driscoll looking over his brother Timothy's grave.
    3 days ago Sally Purrington Hild
    A very moving photograph.
    4 days ago Pierre Lagacé
    This could be of interest... https://steanne.word...s-marching-home/
    2 days ago Jeannette OKeefe
    My husband's grandparents were from VT...the Bristol/Lincoln area and regularly attended the Purrington reunion...the oldest family reunion held in the US...over 100 years. Being a Purrington , have you ever attended?
    3 days ago Sally Purrington Hild
    Do you have the full list of Company D who were there that day?
    3 days ago Sally Purrington Hild
    Jeannette OKeefe My grandfather was Alden C. Purrington of Bristol, CT (originally from Haydenville, MA). There are Purrington's from that line all throughout New England though. And my grandfather also served in WWI as 2nd Lieutenant in the 30th Infantry.
    3 days ago Jeannette OKeefe
    Are you one of the Purrington's from VT?
    4 days ago Cindy Day
    Do we know the names of the men?
    3 days ago Bristol Historical Society 2
    The men who made the supreme sacrifice were:
    Eric Hedquist,
    Timothy Driscoll,
    William Schaefer,
    Theon Davis,
    Damase J. LaFlamme,
    Joseph Pratt,
    Elmer Linden

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