Giving Opportunities
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Your donation makes it possible for us to collect, preserve and share the history of western Maine and the White Mountain region.  Click on "Donate" (below) to make a gift with a credit card or PayPal using PayPal's secure servers.  Please note the purpose of your gift by using the "Add special instructions to the seller" link on the last online page.  Thank you!

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 Rooms
July & August: Tuesday through Saturday, 1 - 4 pm
September - June: by appointment (207-824-2908)
Closed Sunday & Monday
Admission: $3.00 adults / $1.50 children 6-12 (under 6 free) / members free
Spidell Research Library
July & August: Thurs. & Friday, 1 - 4
Sept. through June: by appointment (207-824-2908)
Howe Exhibit Hall
July & August: Tuesday through Saturday, 1 - 4 pm

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Welcome to the Bethel Historical Society's

Collecting, preserving, displaying and interpreting the history of western Maine
and the White Mountain region of Maine and New Hampshire since 1966

An independent, non-profit organization, the Bethel Historical Society sponsors exhibits, lectures, events, and publications that make the region's history meaningful, accessible, and enjoyable.  The Society's Museum of Regional History 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 outstanding library and archival holdings, as well as thousands of historic objects in the permanent collection.  Throughout the year, the Bethel Historical Society provides a full calendar of imaginative and high quality events for people of all ages. We invite you to support the Society's work by becoming a member or donor!

The Bethel Historical Society's Museum of Regional History is located just off Route 2, at 10 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 highway 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.

The Dr. Moses Mason House 1813-2013 Bicentenary Ornament
Available at $12.95 each, in a limited edition of 100 pieces only
Purchase for yourself or as a gift, while they last!

New in the Museum Shop:
The Poetry of Richard Blanco

2013 Presidential Inauguration Poet and Bethel resident!

»»» Continuing through 2014 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.

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 nearby communities

Thanks to our Business Partners for their support!

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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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