Bristol-born Architect Built Himself a National Reputation

As printed in the Bristol Press, July 31, 2016. BRISTOL — From 1914 to his retirement in 1966, architect Harold Hayden crafted many prominent buildings throughout the city including the Soldiers Monument on Memorial Boulevard. On Aug. 18, local historian Bob Adamczyk will bring Hayden’s many accomplishments to light at the Bristol Historical Society. Adamczyk’s program, “Bristol’s Architect — Harold Hayden” will be held at 7 p.m. at the Bristol Historical Society at 98 Summer St. as part of the organization’s “Third Thursday” programming. ...

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Civil War was brutal, foul, filled with disease

Bristol Press, Friday July 22, 2016 BRISTOL — The Civil War was the bloodiest period in American history, but streets were also choked with horse manure, making it the smelliest. This Tom LaPorte made clear Thursday at the Bristol Historical Society. ESPN’s John Banks had intended to speak on the lives of Connecticut soldiers who fought in the civil war, but was forced to cancel due to family emergency. Bristol Historical Society President Mike Saman called in LaPorte, who is an avid collector of Civil War memorabilia. To lighten the mood, ...

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Historical Society President looks to Future Projects

BRISTOL — Mike Saman began his tenure as the new president of the Bristol Historical Society Friday, but his involvement with the organization stretches back more than 46 years. Saman, who was vice-president of the Bristol Historical Society under his predecessor Tom Dickau, has held a passion for local history from an early age. “There are a lot of things here that people don’t know about or aren’t aware of,” said Saman. Saman said his father was part of the last class to graduate from the high school that was once in the Bristol Historical Society ...

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Bristol Historical Society Holds Annual Dinner

Historical Society holds Spring Dinner The Bristol Observer May 24, 2016 The Bristol Historical Society held its Annual Spring Dinner at Nuchie’s Restaurant on Thursday evening, May 19. Murdo Smith served as Master of Ceremony. A banquet program book was given to all attendees. The design and formatting of this booklet was completed through the efforts of volunteer member, Paula O’Keefe. “The Bristol Historical Society wishes to thank all the wonderful sponsors who placed ads in this booklet, as well as, businesses and individuals who contributed ...

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Bristol Goes to the Movies!

In this 2-part program at the Bristol Historical Society, the 5 movies listed below were chosen to show how they affected the American audiences and America in general. The 2nd part of the program which will be held on July 16, 2015, at BHS as part of the Third Thursday Program, 7pm, relates the history of the local theatres that once existed in Bristol. Friday March 13, 7pm, The Crowd (1928-Silent), directed by King Vidor. This movie was produced at the end of the Silent Era and shows a slice-of-life story of a working-class family during the Jazz Age. If you have ...

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Witch’s Dungeon named scariest place to visit in CT!

MapQuest named Witch's Dungeon the top scariest places to visit in Connecticut! Read more about it here.

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The Witch’s Dungeon Open for 5 Weekends (WFSB)


Witch’s Dungeon 2014 Bristol Mum Parade Float wins Mayor’s Award


A trip through time: Lantern Cemetery Tour Held

Friday, September 26, 2014 9:22 PM EDT By BRIAN M. JOHNSON BRISTOL PRESS STAFF WRITER BRISTOL — Bristol’s history was illuminated Friday during the inaugural lantern tour of West Cemetery. Over 100 people flocked to the historic cemetery at 49 Pound St. for the tour sponsored by the Cemetery Commission, The Bristol Historical Society and the West Cemetery Association. It was funded with a $500 grant from The Main Street Community Foundation. Many arrived over a half-hour early, while the last rays of the sun were still sinking beneath ...

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Forestville’s Jean Bradley Remembered

Friday, September 12, 2014 10:47 PM EDT To the Editor: The Bristol Historical Society lost one of its most beloved and valued members this Monday, Sept. 8, with the passing of Jean Bradley. A life-long member of Forestville, Jean was a founding member of the organization and was recognized in 2013 at our annual dinner for over 40 years of service. She was also designated as Volunteer of the Year in 1996. Jean served as nominating committee chairperson for many years. She also served most of her career with our organization as a member of the Board of Directors. ...

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