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Founded in 1966 at Bethel, Maine (established in 1768 and incorporated in 1796), the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society collect, preserve, display, and share the history of western Maine and the White Mountain Region of New Hampshire and Maine through exhibits, lectures, events, and publications.
The Museums of the Bethel Historical Society feature over a dozen exhibit galleries and period rooms spread throughout two buildings—the 1821 O'Neil Robinson House and the 1813 Dr. Moses Mason House. MBHS also maintains an extensive library and archival collection of books, manuscripts and photographs, plus thousands of historic objects that tell the story of the town of Bethel and surrounding region. Throughout the year, the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society provide a full schedule of high quality events for people of all ages. We invite you to support our work by making a donation or becoming a member!
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Situated off Route 2, on Broad Street in Bethel, Maine, the Museums of the Bethel Historical Society are located 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.
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Member EventsSaturday Aug 17, 2019Join historian and Bethel resident David Jones, who will lead a special 1+ hr. walking tour of historic Bethel Hill village as a fundraiser for MBHS. People LIVED in historic Bethel. The tour looks at Bethel as home (Broad Street), market and workplace (Main Street), and cultural center (Church Street). Schools and churches, public spaces and places, shops and services; and houses of different shapes, sizes, and ages will be pointed out. Tours will start at the bell tower on the village common; admission is by donation. ...read moreSaturday Aug 24, 2019Join us for a special presentation by award-winning plein air artist Erik Koeppel of Jackson, New Hampshire, as our major summer exhibit, ?Art as Antidote: White Mountain Landscapes,? comes to a close. This free event will begin in the Twitchell Education Center, where Koeppel will share his thoughts on the influence and power of art as an antidote to our times using several of his recently completed art works (which will be for sale) as examples. Time will be set aside to view the main display, which includes 85 landscapes dating from 1836 to 2018. Erik Koeppel (b. 1980) was born in Oregon, and spent his childhood moving with his family through many of the most beautiful landscapes of North America?from the Rocky Mountains, to Southern California, to the Appalachian Range. At the age of ten, his family settled in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where he drew obsessively from nature, and began to develop a love for the expressive potentials of traditional representation. Erik received his formal training from the Rhode Island School of Design followed by the New York Academy of Art, and an annual apprenticeship in Wiscasset, Maine, with his professor and friend, Seaver Leslie. After copying extensively from the Italian Masters, he developed a body of work that has been exhibited and collected internationally, and represented across the United States. Koeppel?s mastery of traditional techniques has led him to become one of very few young contemporary artists whose work is regularly exhibited with historic masters of the 19th and early 20th Centuries. His work has hung beside Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, Edgar Degas, John Frederick Kensett, and George Inness, and he has had the distinguished honor of entering permanent collections including artists of this caliber. American Artist, PleinAir Magazine, and other respected publications have covered his progress. Koeppel is a member of the esteemed Guild of Boston Artists. ...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.