BRISTOL - Preservation is important to the mission of the Bristol Historical Society year round, but the organization will celebrate it officially at the end of April this year, as part of Preservation Week.
On Saturday, April 27, the Historical Society at 98 Summer St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme is “Picturing Bristol,” and visitors are encouraged to bring photos, documents and other memorabilia to be scanned or photographed by BHS volunteers so that those items can be preserved and become part of the society’s collection. The Historical Society will have some photographic displays of Bristol’s past businesses and various items from the collection.
The event is sponsored by the American Library Association, which encourages libraries and other institutions to connect with their communities through events and other resources to highlight things citizens can do, both individually and together, to preserve personal and shared collections.
“Memories and treasures should last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations,” said Ellie Wilson, chair of the Program Committee. “We want to raise awareness of the role libraries and other cultural institutions can play in providing ongoing preservation information. We also want to use this opportunity to have a social event where people can gather, reminisce and share their personal collections.”
“We are partnering with the very popular ‘Picturing Bristol’ Facebook group to encourage people to bring their online comments to in-person conversations with others who enjoy sharing nostalgia,” said Tom LaPorte, a member of the BHS Board of Directors. “That group has shared so many wonderful photos and memories of Bristol in previous decades that we wanted to capitalize on and use it to gather some of these wonderful images so future generations can also benefit from these images.”
The Bristol Historical Society is also home to the Memorial Military Museum and Bristol Sports Hall of Fame galleries. The “Picturing Bristol” Preservation Week event is free and open to the public. All items scanned and/or photographed will be immediately returned to the owner.