2003-04-23 The FIRST MEETING of the Old Bristol Historical Society took place at the Bristol Town House in Bristol Mills.
OBHS Mission Statement
The mission of the Old Bristol Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the artifacts and the oral, documentary, personal and physical histories of the communities formerly comprising the old township of Bristol, Maine.
The history of the old township remains alive in the memories of its older citizens, in official and family documents, in artifacts, and in buildings and other monuments still standing on the landscape. The goal of the Society is to keep this history alive by recording these memories, researching and interpreting these documents, collecting these artifacts, and by visiting, exploring and photographing these buildings and other landmarks before they are lost.
By involving local people and institutions in its work, the Society aims to foster an even greater sense of pride and community in our collective past and future.
“Hope has been instrumental in starting up the Old Bristol Historical Society and building interest in both oral history and genealogy.” TH01 / Next Clue
2014-02-13 BRISTOL MAINE – Article and pictures by Kay Sawyer Hannah
Three past members of the Board of the Old Bristol Historical Society (OBHS) have been chosen to be Honorary Directors of the Society in recognition of their outstanding commitment and dedication to the OBHS. They were honored at the Annual Meeting of the Society, July, 2013.
Carol Brightman, [left] formerly of Walpole and now residing at Chase Point, Damariscotta, is a founding member of the society and served on its Board for 10 years. Using her skills as a published author of several nonfiction books, she has creatively written many fascinating articles for the OBHS newsletters and society publicity through the Lincoln County News.
Suzanne Collins [right] of New Harbor and Whittier, NC served as the first secretary of the OBHS when it was formed in 2003. In addition, her oral recordings of the experiences and perspectives of persons in our community have contributed to Old Bristol’s oral history. She initiated the society’s collection of old photos and also has contributed to historical articles for its newsletters and publicity.
Kenneth Combs of Bristol served on the Board of Directors of the society from 2005 to 2013. During that time he has worked diligently on the conduction of the OBHS Historical Resource Surveys in Round Pond and Bristol Mills, contributing his expertise for the map work in locating the older homes and buildings of Round Pond, which is now nearly complete.
The Old Bristol Historical Society was formed 11 years ago this spring. All three of the honorees have served the society in an exemplary manner in the past decade and through their enthusiasm have significantly contributed to the advancement of its goal. This goal is to keep our history alive by collecting relevant artifacts, to research and interpret our history, record memories of its citizens, and to document and photograph buildings and other historical landmarks before they are lost.
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