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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
July & August: Thurs.- Sat., 1 - 4 pm
Research Library & Archives
Year-round by appointment

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Welcome to the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society!

Located at Bethel, Maine (founded in 1768 as "Sudbury Canada"), 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 on-site research collection of books, manuscripts and photographs, plus thousands of historic objects that help tell the story of the town of Bethel and the 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!

The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society are located off Route 2, at 10 and 14 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 showing our location at Bethel Hill village

On view at the Dr. Moses Mason House, July 2 through August 29, 2015
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 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 extend sincere thanks to our Business Partners for their support!

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

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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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