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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!
Group Tours available.
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 Jun 8, 2019Dominique Brooke Dodge is a harper and singer who grew up in the White Mountains, and now divides her time between Vermont and Cape Breton. She has a passion for melody-driven dance music and responsive, rhythmic accompaniment, as well as for songs, airs, and 18th century harp tunes. Her sound is firmly grounded in the traditional music and song of Cape Breton, Scotland, and Ireland. This concert will be a special preview of her upcoming album, Cànan nan Teud (The Language of the Strings) to be recorded at Glencoe Mills Parish Hall in Cape Breton this June. A former Fulbright Scholar and a 2012 graduate of the University of Limerick with an MA in Irish Music Performance, Dominique also holds a BA Honours in Scottish Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Dominique is a dedicated learner of Scottish Gaelic, a profound influence on her music, which continues to shape her sense of rhythm and phrasing. She has extensive experience in traditional arts education and maintains a busy and vibrant teaching practice. She has been performing, recording, and teaching traditional music on both sides of the Atlantic for over a decade.Mason House Exhibit Hall, 14 Broad Street. Free, but donations welcome. Note: The Bethel Inn Resort, one of our longtime Business Partner members, will be offering attendees a limited number of ''passes'' for a complimentary glass of wine at the Inn following the concert. ...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.