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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Hamill feels the force is with museum’s new home

By STEVE COLLINS BRISTOL PRESS STAFF WRITER BRISTOL – The actor who played Luke Skywalker in the “Star Wars” films is happy the Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum has found a new home. After learning from museum creator Cortlandt Hull about the new location in the Bristol Historical Society’s building on Summer Street, actor Mark Hamill emailed this week, “What a fantastic venue this will be.” Hamill told Hull the historic building “looks like something out of an Edgar Allan Poe story.” Hull, who founded the museum in 1966, said ...

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Witch’s Dungeon : Haunting the Halls of BHS this season!

Witch's Dungeon to host new frights Friday, September 19, 2014 9:56 PM EDT By BRIAN M. JOHNSON STAFF WRITER BRISTOL —— The Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum will scare up a host of new frights at the Bristol Historical Society starting Oct. 3. The non-profit Witch’s Dungeon, a long-time Bristol treasure, is also the longest running Halloween attraction in the U.S. Founded in 1966 by resident Cortlandt Hull, it features his hand-sculpted replicas of characters from classic horror, fantasy and science-fiction films including Dracula, ...

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