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July 2018

Presentation of Molly Ockett Day Art Works

July 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
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For five years, local artist and teacher Arla Patch had the honor to create an image for the annual Molly Ockett Day festival poster in Bethel. (For the first two years, Penobscot artist and historian James Francis collaborated with Patch in creating the art.) This was particularly significant because those five years marked an historic change as the Bethel Chamber of Commerce transformed a 55 year tradition of honoring Molly Ockett (a well respected Abenaki woman of the area) into something…

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August 2018

Sir William Phips, the Invasion of Quebec, and the Origins of Sudbury Canada

August 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This year's annual Stanley Russell Howe Lecture by Dr. Emerson W. Baker celebrates the 250th anniversary of Bethel's founding in 1768. Although Bethel was first established 250 years ago in 1768, its origins can be traced back to 1690 and the massive invasion fleet Sir William Phips (portrait, below) led in hopes of conquering Quebec. Little known in the United States but an iconic moment in Canada, the invasion was one of the worst military disasters in American history, led…

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“Business After Hours” Open House

August 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for fun and refreshments while enjoying a variety of exhibits and period rooms in our Museums on Broad Street. If your schedule allows, stay with us for a free program at 7:30 on the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) in the White Mountains by forester and environmental consultant David Govatski, who worked for the U.S. Forest Service for more than thirty years.

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The Civilian Conservation Corps in the White Mountains

August 30, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Forester and environmental consultant David Govatski, who worked for the U.S. Forest Service for more than thirty years, will explore the legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and their work in the White Mountain region of New Hampshire and Maine in this illustrated talk. When President Franklin Delano Roosevelt took office during the Great Depression, one out of four Americans was out of work and financial collapse was common. Roosevelt immediately established a variety of programs including the CCC—one…

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September 2018

Annual Meeting and Program: “Remembering Telstar”

September 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The Bethel Historical Society's Annual Meeting will begin with a traditional 6:30 pm pot-luck supper (open to the public); following a brief business meeting and presentation of the Marjorie MacArthur Noll Volunteer Service Award at 7:30 pm, a special program marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of Telstar Regional High School in 1968 will take place.

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Erik Koeppel – Artist’s Demo and Q&A Session

September 14, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
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Join award-winning plein air artist Erik Koeppel from 2 to 4 pm on the next to last day of our summer show, "The White Mountains: Alps of New England," as he demonstrates how to recapture the lost techniques of the Hudson River School painters, whose works were characterized by a sense of air, dramatic light, distance, and luminosity. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the White Mountain National Forest, the 2018 MBHS art exhibition features White Mountain landscapes by nationally-recognized…

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A Harvest of History!

September 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
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Join us during Bethel Harvestfest as we present A Harvest of History! ROBINSON HOUSE 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Bethel 250th Anniversary Autograph Quilt (limited number of squares available for purchase) White Mountain National Forest: A Centennial Exhibition The White Mountains: Alps of New England - art show & sale (final day; 10% discount on remaining artwork) “The Balancing Act: The Story and Legacy of the Weeks Act” (10 min. film; showing till 2:30 pm) Oxford County Skiing History exhibit (presented by…

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Exhibit Opening – “Gould Through the Years: Selections from the Academy Archives, Part II”

September 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In the spring of 2014, the Bethel Historical Society entered into an important collaboration with nearby Gould Academy to assure the long-term preservation of the “Gould Archives,” a wide-ranging collection of documents, photographs, books, and objects significant to the history of the school—founded in 1836 as “Bethel Academy” and, until the fall of 1968, the town’s high school. Society staff and volunteers coordinated with James B. Owen, retired head of the Academy’s art department, and Matthew Ruby, then Head of…

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November 2018

Maine in World War I

November 10, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
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NOTE: This event has been rescheduled. To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the "Great War"—which occurred on November 11, 1918—Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., former director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and Maine's state historian since 2004, will present an illustrated program on Maine's involvement in World War I. The event will begin at 2:00 pm in the Mason House exhibit hall (14 Broad Street). With the same patriotic fervor as Maine's response to a call for troops…

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December 2018

Christmas at the Mason House

December 1, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
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Celebrate the season with traditional holiday refreshments, decorations, and live music in the first floor period rooms of the 1813 Dr. Moses Mason House. This popular annual event is free and open to the public; donations always welcome.

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