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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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Yankee Brass Band Concert

July 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
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Every three years, we have the great pleasure of hosting the Yankee Brass Band for a concert of old-time music played on authentic 19th century instruments. They return once again on Saturday, July 29th, for a 2:00 pm performance on the side lawn of our Dr. Moses Mason House.  (Please bring a chair or blanket.) Admission is free, but donations to support this and our other summer programs are always welcome and much appreciated!

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August 2017

“Rugs: 1790 to 1850” Program and Workshop

August 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

A textile structuralist for the last 30 years, Rose Ann Hunter will speak on “Rugs, 1790 to 1850.” She will discuss the earliest rugs, bed rugs, hearth rugs (also called yarn-sewn rugs), shirred, and hooked rugs, to combining techniques with rug hooking, as shown in the Augustine Phillips rug (photo). Lots of samples of these techniques will be shown, and a hands-on demo during the second portion of the event will provide visitors with a chance to try their hand…

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September 2017

“Mount Washington: Narratives and Perspectives” Program & Book Signing

September 7 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, Broad Street
Bethel, Maine 04217
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For over two centuries, Mount Washington has been the object of countless writers' wonder and fascination.  Well familiar with the mountain's story, Mike Dickerman of Littleton, N.H., is the owner of Bondcliff Books and has authored or edited numerous books, as well as a weekly hiking column published in many Granite State newspapers.  In his newest book, Mount Washington: Narratives and Perspectives, he includes more than twenty previously written pieces inspired by New England's highest peak that cover nearly every…

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“Harvest of History”

September 16 @ 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 offer a "Harvest of History" at our two museums. At the Robinson House (10 Broad Street), we'll be open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, offering the following: Bethel 250th anniversary quilt (signature squares available for naming & purchase) rug hooking demonstrations the opening of the "Gould Cabinet" display in the Huntoon Center foyer exhibits and Museum shop open At the Dr. Moses Mason House (14 Broad Street), we'll be open from 1:00 to…

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