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Selected articles from The Courier
(BHS history journal), plus PDF copies of full issues starting with Vol. 33 (2009)

Online exhibits:
Bethel: A Historic Town
Molly Ockett and Her World
A River's Journey

Special Online Series:
Bethel's Antiquarian Suppers

Robinson House
Exhibit Galleries, Museum Shop & Society Administrative Office
Year-round: Tuesday through Friday,
10 am - 4 pm; Saturday, 1 - 4 pm, during July & Aug.
Closed Sunday and Monday,
and Nov. 1 through Thanksgiving Day
Admission (exhibits) by donation

Mason House
Period Room Tours
July & August: Thursday through Saturday, 1 - 4 pm, and by appointment
September - June: by appointment (207-824-2908)
Admission: $3.00 adults / $1.50 children 6-12 (under 6 free) / members free
Research Library
July & August: Thurs. & Friday, 1 - 4
Sept. through June: by appointment (207-824-2908)
Howe Exhibit Hall
July & August: Thursday through Saturday, 1 - 4 pm

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Collecting, preserving, displaying and interpreting the history of western Maine
and the White Mountain region of Maine and New Hampshire

An independent, non-profit organization founded in 1966, the Bethel Historical Society sponsors exhibits, lectures, events, and publications that make the region's history meaningful, accessible, and enjoyable.  The Society's museum features six exhibit galleries and nine period rooms spread throughout two buildings—the 1821 O'Neil Robinson House and the 1813 Dr. Moses Mason House. Genealogists and other researchers may avail themselves of the Society's library and archival holdings, as well as thousands of historic objects in its permanent collection.  Throughout the year, the Bethel Historical Society provides a full schedule of high quality events for people of all ages. We invite you to support the Society's work by making a donation or becoming a member!

The Bethel Historical Society is located just off Route 2, on Broad Street in Bethel, Maine, twelve miles east of the Maine/New Hampshire border.  Bethel lies at the junction of Routes 2 and 26; the latter provides easy access from the Portland area via Exit 63 of the Maine Turnpike. Bethel also can be reached on Routes 5 and 35.  Click here for a map with our location at Bethel Hill village.

On view at the Dr. Moses Mason House through August 30 . . .
Stitched Together in Time and Place: Valentine Family Quilts

» Continuing at the Robinson House «
In the Field & On the Homefront: Bethel During the Civil War

Honoring the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, this 2013 exhibit was the Bethel Historical Society's contribution to the Maine Civil War Trail project.  Using rarely seen artifacts and images from the Society’s permanent collection, this exhibit explores the effects, profound and poignant, of the Civil War on the western Maine town of Bethel, once known as “the Athens of Oxford County.” Although the War years resulted in the loss of many of Bethel’s loyal sons, they also witnessed the town’s development as an important inland Maine center of commerce, industry and tourism.

"Molly Ockett and Her World"
Since her death in 1816, Molly Ockett has become a legendary figure, the subject of fireside story-telling, of school pageants, and of popular magazine articles, many of which contain inaccurate information.  Renowned as "the last of the Pigwackets," she is honored annually at Bethel's "Molly Ockett Days" celebration, and her name is connected with numerous geographic landmarks, business ventures, and community organizations. Molly Ockett's place in the consciousness of this region has been ensured by a certain "Indian mystique," complete with romance, curses, buried treasure, and near-miraculous cures.  But what of the real Molly Ockett?  By focusing on the most reliable information available about her life, this online exhibit raises this Native American woman from the realm of myth and legend to the status of a documented personality in the colonial history of the northern New England frontier—a place that was truly Molly Ockett's world Painting by Danna Brown Nickerson

William B. Lapham's "Bethel in the War of the Rebellion,"
featuring local enlistment and service records

'Nor Any Drop to Drink': The Problem of Drinking Water in the Civil War by Ann Chandonnet

Visit The Bethel Journals to explore the history of Bethel and other nearby communities

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