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July 2016

Guided Tours of the Dr. Moses Mason House

July 1, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - August 27, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
Bethel Historical Society, 10 Broad Street
Bethel, 04217 United States
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Begun in 1813, the historic Dr. Moses Mason House is a fine Federal style residence that opened as a museum in 1974. Discover life as it was lived in the highlands of western Maine during the first half of the nineteenth century as you join one of our trained guides in a tour of nine rooms filled with fine examples of the decorative arts, many of which were in the house during the years of the Masons’ occupancy (1813-1869). During…

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Fourth of July Community Picnic & Concert

July 4, 2016 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Bethel Historical Society, 10 Broad Street
Bethel, 04217 United States
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This annual event begins at 11:30 AM. Following the presentation of colors and the National Anthem, the program will continue with a live concert by the Portland Brass Quintet. Dr. Moses Mason (1789-1866) began this Fourth of July tradition in the 1850s and the Bethel Historical Society proudly carries it on today. Free (donations welcome)

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September 2016

BHS Annual Meeting & Program

September 8, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Bethel Historical Society, 10 Broad Street
Bethel, 04217 United States
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The 2016 Annual Meeting will begin with the traditional pot-luck supper at 6:30 pm. Following the election of trustees and officers for 2016-2017, the Noll Volunteer Service and Historic Preservation awards will be presented. This year's program will be led by Society staff and volunteers, who will provide updates on current collection management upgrades and related technological improvements at the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society. The event will be held in the Mason House exhibit hall.

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December 2016

Christmas at the Mason House

December 3, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Visit Bethel Hill's oldest surviving home to experience our annual “Christmas at the Mason House” event.  The first floor period rooms in the 1813 Mason House will be decorated in traditional 19th century style and lit by candles.  Step back in time as you enjoy holiday music and refreshments.  Free, but donations welcome.

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February 2017

rug hooking demonstration

February 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Visit our newest exhibit, "Hooked Rugs: Art, Craft, and Design," and watch how traditional hooked rugs are created!  FREE

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March 2017

Maine Folklife Center exhibit – “Threads of Our Lives: Maine Folk Fiber Art”

March 7 @ 10:00 am - March 31 @ 4:00 pm
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
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This traveling, four-panel display developed by the Maine Folklife Center (MFC) at the University of Maine, Orono, will be on view at the Robinson House during the month of March (opening March 7), Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. The exhibit highlights the diversity of folk fiber arts in the Pine Tree State, and is made possible through a National Endowment of the Arts grant the MFC received in 2015. It features four 3 x 7 freestanding…

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Women’s History Month program and book signing

March 25 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Based on her book ,Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse & Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage, Anne B. Gass will present a lively account of Maine native Florence Brooks Whitehouse’s efforts to win women voting rights in the decisive final years of the campaign (1914-1920).  Considered radical for picketing the White House, Florence Brooks Whitehouse helped win women suffrage against a backdrop of conservative views of women’s roles, political intrigues, WWI, and the 1918 influenza epidemic. Anne Gass is…

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