Bethel Historical Society to celebrate 50th May 31

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The Bethel Historical Society will celebrate five decades of collecting, preserving, and sharing the region’s history on Tuesday evening, May 31 — 50 years to the day that the Society was founded at the Bethel Library. This free event will take place at the Dr. Moses Mason House, starting at 7 pm and will be open to the general public. The program will begin with a brief overview of the Society’s history, followed by special musical entertainment of 1920s jazz, ragtime and blues performed by “Miss Maybell and Slimpickins,” two young musicians (and accomplished plein air artists) from Jackson, N.H. And, of course, there will be birthday cake!
As it marks its first half-century of igniting personal connections to local and regional history, art, and culture, the Society would like to thank the hundreds of individuals, businesses, and organizations that have sustained us over the past five decades with their time, talent and financial contributions. BHS is truly the “Community’s Museum” because of the amazing support we’ve received from so many people since our founding in 1966. We couldn’t have done it without you!
BHS Summer Kids’ Program
During July, BHS will offer a new series of activities for children ages 6 to 11. Entitled “Mornings at the Museum,” this free program will take place each Thursday during the month from 9:30 to 11:30 am for children (local and visiting) ages 6-11. Participants will rotate through “stations,” with a focus on hands-on historical experiences. The following activities will likely be included: weaving a cloth potholder, gravestone rubbings, old-time games, a “young person’s” tour of the 1813 Dr. Moses Mason House, learning about special plantings in the garden, drawing water from the well for washing, bathing, and watering plants, trying on period clothing, and exploring devices from “back in the day” — such as manual typewriters, dial phones, stereoscopes, and non-electric irons. To reserve a spot for your child, or for more information, please call 207-824-2908. (A parent or authorized adult is required to remain on the museum grounds while the program takes place. Scheduling is weather dependent.)
The Society seeks to hire three Telstar High School students to assist with this program during July. Students will help supervise arts and crafts projects, direct and explain old-time games, lead tours in the period garden, and aid in identifying old tools and objects. In the process, the older students will learn about Bethel’s past, as well as the history of western Maine and the White Mountain region. Applicants must commit to all four sessions and will receive $25 per session. Those interested should contact Mr. Raymond for more information and an application.

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