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

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

Special Online Series:

Bethel's Antiquarian Suppers

Museums of the
Bethel Historical Society

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

Mason House
Period Rooms
July & August: Thurs.- Sat., 1 - 4 pm
September - June: by appointment
$3.00 adults / $1.50 children 6-12 (under 6 free) / members free
Exhibit Hall (2015)
July & August: Tuesday- Sat., 1 - 4 pm
Research Library & Archives
Year-round by appointment

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Welcome to the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society
(and watch for our new web site in mid-September!)

Located at Bethel, Maine (established in 1768 and incorporated in 1796), the Bethel Historical Society collects, preserves, displays and interprets the history of western Maine and the White Mountain region of Maine and New Hampshire through exhibits, lectures, events, and publications.

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society feature six exhibit galleries and nine period rooms spread throughout two buildings—the 1821 O'Neil Robinson House and the 1813 Dr. Moses Mason House. The Society also maintains an extensive library and archival collection of books, manuscripts and photographs, plus thousands of historic objects that tell the story of the town of Bethel and surrounding region. 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!

Situated off Route 2, on Broad Street in Bethel, Maine,
the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society
are located 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 showing our location at Bethel Hill village

We're on the 2015 Yankee Ingenuity Museum Trail!
Click here for more information

On view at the Dr. Moses Mason House, July 2 through August 29
Secluded Glens & Noble Landscapes
Traditional White Mountain Art Recaptured

Based on a highly popular art show mounted in 2013, this second exhibition will feature 19th and early 20th century White Mountain landscapes, plus contemporary works* in the Hudson River School manner by nationally-recognized plein air artists Erik Koeppel and Lauren Sansaricq.  Howe Exhibit Hall, Dr. Moses Mason House; Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 to 4:00  (*contemporary White Mountain paintings will be available for purchase)

Above: Androscoggin Gorge at Berlin Falls, New Hampshire, circa 1870
unsigned oil on canvas (private collection)

We thank our Business Partners for their support!

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

Society Mission   BHS History   Trustees & Staff   Contact Us

Bethel Historical Society, 10 Broad Street, P.O. Box 12, Bethel, ME  04217
207-824-2908 / 800-824-2910 / (FAX) 207-824-0882

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