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Bethel Historical Society

40 Main Street
Bethel, CT 06801

203-794-1050
What do we do for the community - the annual Children’s Victorian Christmas Tea, the annual Laura Ingalls Wilder Celebration, the annual Colonial Kids Summer Camp, annually working with the Bethel School System we completed our 22nd year of taking all Bethel 2nd Graders on an historic tour of Bethel, conduct walking tours of Bethel, participate in CT Open House Day, present an historic quilt program, conduct an annual Ghost Tour, presented the bronze statue of Barnum to Bethel in 2010 and celebrate his birthday each year with a Crazy Hat contest, created two films, The Swans Still Swim, a history of the Stony Hill Inn and the Rubino family and Bethel Vets Go to WAR, an interview with Bethel’s WWII veterans that was shown at the Bethel Cinema and will be re-released this year with additional interviews. We are asked by individuals to locate their ancestor’s graves in any one of Bethel’s cemeteries. When we do, the stones are reset, if needed, cleaned and photographed for the requestor. This past year we worked with the Town on the restoration of our Spirit of the American Doughboy statue followed with a rededication. We assist with those who wish to join Daughter’s of the American Revolution. We also had our inaugural Masquerade Ball. What is coming this year is a self-guided walking tour of Bethel with up to 30 tour boxes located at historic sights, accompanied by a map, along with an Historic House Tour of 5-6 houses. We are continuing with the restoration of the 1842 Second Meeting House to create an even larger museum for Bethel. Founded in 1960, the Bethel Historical Society both catalogs and archives our Town’s grand history while consistently providing events and opportunities to make certain that the past does not remain a distant and out-of-reach era, but a lively and integral part of our modern day. Funds raised on Giving Day will help in the funding of this restoration, programming, archival materials, and research of historic sites.
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