BHS “Profiles of Courage” Ornament


Historical Society officers and board members announced

Published on Thursday, 2 July 2020 17:45Written by BOB MONTGOMERY @TheBristolPress Officers and board members were announced by the Bristol Historical Society last week. Topping the charts are Maya Bringe as president and Steve Vastola as first vice-president with Don Soucy taking over as treasurer of the organization. Returning as officers are 2nd president Mary Houle and secretary Noreen Zurell. The rest of the board includes members who are either new or returnees:Mike Saman, past president, Bob Adamczyk, Lisa Doyle-Bell, Steve Cowdell, Ken Hintz, Jackie ...

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Bristol Historical Society selling ‘Profiles of Courage’ ornaments

Published on Tuesday, 30 June 2020 13:07Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON @brianjohnsonBP BRISTOL – Ellie Wilson, program chair of the Bristol Historical Society, has created an ornament which people can purchase to honor essential workers and volunteers and to help raise funds for the Historical Society. Wilson has purchased an order of 150 pewter ornaments from Woodbury Pewter and designed them with help from Tom Dickau and Rick Fitzsimons. Named “Profiles of Courage,” one side of the ornament reads “America's Essential Workers & Volunteers Coronavirus ...

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BHS Asks You to Share Your Experience

BHS Asks You to Share Your Experience Along with other historical societies and associations throughout the country, the Bristol Historical Society is also interested in seeking input from Bristol residents during the corona virus health crisis. To document these experiences for future generations we would like to hear from all age groups. The following variety of questions are examples; other topics and experiences are most welcome: Have you kept a journal? How did you spend the day? How many books have you read to your children? How did you support ...

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Call for Special Membership Meeting, May 3 at 6:30pm for Proposed Bylaw Changes

Dear the Bristol Historical membership, We have asked the BHS president to call a special membership meeting at 6:30 pm on May 3, 2019 to vote on the bylaw amendments that the Governance Committee has proposed. As you may recall, bylaw amendments were proposed at last years annual meeting, but the membership voted to table the vote until the issue of the Historical Society’s tenants have been fully considered. The proposed changes are a result of those months of deliberations and an attempt to address the few blank spots that came up during that meeting and during the ...

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Bristol Historical Society scholarship winner now a volunteer

Published on Monday, 5 February 2018 21:42, The Bristol Press Written by Lorenzo Burgio BRISTOL - A college scholarship awarded to Eric Frenette by the Bristol Historical Society 15 years ago is being recycled back into the community. “I was fortunate to get that scholarship,” said Frenette of the $500 scholarship from the historical society he was awarded upon graduating from high school in 2002. Frenette, a self-proclaimed history buff, attended the University of Connecticut, where he obtained a master’s degree in school counseling. Soon after, he ...

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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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