Bristol Historical Society summer speaker series kicks off Thursday

BRISTOL — The Bristol Historical Society has planned a series of speakers over the coming months. The public is invited to attend and learn about past events and people of the area.
The meetings will be held at Howden Hall, 19 West St. in Bristol. The regular meeting time is 7 p.m.
Call Steve Ayotte at 453-7709 for more information.
The series kicks off this Thursday, May 16. The Historical Society will present local resident Michael Chesley’s presentation, “Bristol’s Civil War Veterans.”
The regular monthly talks will continue through the summer and into the fall. The lineup is as follows:
Thursday, June 20: Gill Coates, president of Monkton Historical Society, will talk and will screen the documentary film “Forgotten Farms.” This film examines how “dairy farmers remain the backbone of agriculture in New England, but they are fighting for survival.”  “Forgotten Farms” provides a glimpse into the past and a vision for a future regional food system.
Thursday, July 18: Cliff Adams will make a presentation on John Adams titled, “An Unsung President of the United States.”
Thursday, Aug. 15: Linda and Denny Barnard of Starksboro will present, “Vermont: Up Close and Personal.” This is a brief history of the 251 Club and their adventures through the 251 towns of Vermont highlighting six to eight towns that they visited.
Thursday, Sept. 19: Jim Jones will present, “The Bristol Railroad 1891-1930.”
Thursday, Oct. 17: New Haven resident and Henry Sheldon Museum Executive Director William “Bill” Brooks will present, “The History of the Sheldon Museum.”

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