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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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May 2017

Open House – Bethel Plein Air Painters

May 26 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
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Join us on Friday, May 26, from 3 to 5 pm for an open house celebrating the Bethel Plein Air Painters and their artworks -- on display (and available for purchase) in our Valentine Gallery. Meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, view our other exhibits, and visit the Museum Shop. FREE and open to the public!

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June 2017

William Bingham 2nd Biography Launch & Book Signing

June 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
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Join us as we celebrate the publication of the first-ever biography of Bethel's greatest philanthropist, William Bingham 2nd (1879-1955). Author and historian Stanley Russell Howe -- Director Emeritus of the Bethel Historical Society -- pulls back the curtain partway on the mysterious, but influential, life of the Cleveland-born multi-millionaire whose financial patronage created a significant legacy that continues today.  The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

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Lecture: “A Century of the White Mountain National Forest in Maine”

June 24 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Gilead Town Hall, Depot Street
Gilead, ME 04217 United States
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To mark the 100th anniversary of the first land purchase in Maine for what, in 1918, would become the White Mountain National Forest, join us as we hold a joint program with the Gilead Historical Society at the Town Hall in Gilead. Lunch will be available (as a fundraiser for GHS) starting at 11:00 am, followed at 1:30 pm by "A Century of the White Mountain National Forest in Maine," a lecture presented by David Govatski of Jefferson, New Hampshire. David…

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Exhibit Opening – Small-Town Motion Pictures: The Jay S. Hoar Collection of 1930s Movie Posters

June 29 @ 10:00 am
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
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Featuring twenty 1930s window card posters from the "Golden Age" of Hollywood films, this exhibit recognizes the generous donation of this collection by Jay S. Hoar, a Rangeley, Maine, native who taught for nearly 33 years in the English Department of the University of Maine at Farmington. Professor Hoar grew up in the life of the small-town theater, beginning at the age of five by tipping up all the seats mornings after for a nickel. As soon as he learned…

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Opening Day for Guided Tours of the Dr. Moses Mason House

June 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
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June 29 through September 2, 2017; Thursday through Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00 PM; other times by appointment.  Tour features nine rooms, including the two-story front stair hall with Rufus Porter School murals.

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July 2017

Annual Community Picnic & Concert

July 4 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
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Featuring a free concert (rain or shine) by the Portland Brass Quintet.  Side lawn of the Dr. Moses Mason House, 14 Broad Street, on the village common.  Starts at 11:30 am.

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“Mapping Murder” Book Launch & Signing

July 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
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Mystery fans are invited to join William Andrews for the official launch of Mapping Murder on Saturday, July 15, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Broad Street, Bethel. The event will be held on the side lawn of the Dr. Moses Mason House as part of Molly Ockett Day—a homecoming festival named for a famed Native American woman and healer who resided in the Bethel area until her death in 1816. Enjoy the festival and then…

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