Museums of the Bethel Historical Society

Upcoming Programs & Events

Spring Workshop: Online Newspaper Research

Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Registration required.

Mornings at the Museum

Thursdays in July (July 6, 13, 20, and 27), 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., on the grounds

Fun and educational activities for children ages 5-10. For information on attendance and activities, please contact Rosemary Laban at 850-766-1241, or the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society at 207-824-2908.

Fourth of July Picnic and Concert

Monday, July 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on the grounds

Bring a picnic lunch and join us on the grounds of the Dr. Moses Mason House for this popular annual event featuring a guest speaker and a concert of patriotic music by the Portland Brass Quintet. Desserts will be offered for sale from our circa 1922 Mt. Zircon bottle lunch stand.

Summerfest at MBHS

Saturday, July 15, 10:00 to 3:00 pm

Come visit us during Bethel’s Summerfest celebration for exhibits, tours of both houses, and special events on the grounds.

The Gehring Legacy

Saturday, July 22, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please join us on July 22 for a full day of programming in celebration of the Northern Forest Center’s acquisition of the Gehring House and the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society’s “Golden Age of the Gehring Clinic” exhibit! The schedule of events is as follows:

10:00: Coffee reception. Lobby, McLaughlin Science Center, Gould Academy.

10:30: Presentation by William F. Chapman, Executive Director  of the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society.
Trustees' Auditorium, McLaughlin Science Center, Gould Academy.

11:15: Walking tours of Church and Broad Street.

12:00: Reception and remarks by Northern Forest Center staff. Grounds, Gehring House, south end of Broad Street

1:00 - 4:00: “Golden Age of the Gehring Clinic” exhibit on view. Robinson House, Museums of the Bethel Historical Society

Mill Brook Craft Series

Thursdays in August (August 3, 10, 17, and 24), 1:00 p.m. Twitchell Education Center

Please join us Thursday afternoons in August for our popular "Mill Brook Craft Series." Every week a local artist or artisan will demonstrate and discuss their chosen craft or trade. This years presenters are:

August 3: Jim Oliver, Woodworking

August 10: Elina Sh, Painting

August 17: Lizz Peacock, Stained Glass

August 24: Pat Cherella and Suzanne, Spinning

Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 7, 5:30 to 7:30 pm

All members are invited to join us for our annual meeting. There will be a potluck supper followed by a brief business meeting to elect officers and vote on essential matters for the coming year, and an entertainment program.

Harvestfest at MBHS

Saturday, September 16, 10:00 to 3:00 pm

Come visit us during Bethel’s Harvestfest celebration for our traditional cider pressing demonstration, exhibits and tours of both houses, and special events on the grounds.

Trick-or-Treat on Broad Street

Tuesday, October 31, 5:00 to 7:00 p. m.

The Bethel Library, the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society, and the Hastings Homestead Museum will all be distributing candy to trick-or-treaters on Broad Street on Halloween. Stay tuned for announcements about other possible Halloween programming for kids and adults.

Christmas at the Mason House

Saturday, December 2, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Moses Mason House

Please join us again for one of our most popular annual events, “Christmas at the Mason House." Celebrate the season while enjoying traditional holiday refreshments, music, and decorations in the first floor period rooms in the 1813 Mason House.