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The Bethel Historical Society collects, preserves, and interprets the history of western Maine and the White Mountain region of Maine and New Hampshire.
Latest exhibit: ''The Mountains of Maine: Skiing in the Pine Tree State.''
The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society (featuring the 1821 O'Neil Robinson House and the 1813 Dr. Moses Mason House) offer more than a dozen period rooms and exhibit galleries where visitors can discover and explore the area's varied past. Throughout the year, lectures, seminars, special exhibits, craft demonstrations, and educational activities are offered for people of all ages. In addition, the spacious grounds surrounding the historic Dr. Moses Mason House provide the perfect setting for weddings, family reunions, or business meetings.
The Society's Museum Shop is located on the first floor of the Robinson House and features many items inspired by the Society's museum and research library collections, including books, gifts, and special publications associated with past and current exhibits. Many of the books currently in stock relate to the history of area towns, logging and lumbering, architecture, decorative arts, Native Americans, the White Mountains, railroads, the Civil War, arts, and crafts. The Museum Shop is open year-round: Tuesday through Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM, and Saturday, 1 - 4 PM, during July & Aug. Closed Sunday and Monday, and Nov. 1 through Thanksgiving Day.
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Member EventsTuesday Jun 27, 2017Featuring twenty 1930s window card posters from the ''Golden Age'' of Hollywood films, this exhibit recognizes the generous donation of this collection by Jay S. Hoar, a Rangeley, Maine, native who taught for nearly 33 years in the English Department of the University of Maine at Farmington for many years. ...read moreThursday Jun 29, 2017Tour features nine rooms, including the two-story front stair hall with Rufus Porter School murals. ...read moreTuesday Jul 4, 2017This very popular annual event begins at 11:30 AM. Following the presentation of colors and the National Anthem, the program will continue with a free concert by the Portland Brass Quintet. Dr. Moses Mason (1789-1866) began this Fourth of July tradition in the 1850s and the Bethel Historical Society proudly carries it on today. ...read more
Off Routes 2, 26, 5 and 35, our campus is situated on the east side of the Bethel Hill village common, diagonally across from the Bethel Inn. We are located 12 miles east of the Maine/NH border.