Historians will discuss the ‘good old days’

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BETHEL — Several historians will speak on the topic, “The Good Old Days: They Were Terrible” at a symposium sponsored by the Bethel Historical Society. The event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24, in the Dr. Moses Mason House Exhibit Hall, 14 Broad St.

It is a popular belief that the years between the end of Civil War and the early years of the 20th century were “the good old days.” They were good for only a privileged few. Farmers, laborers, and the ordinary breadwinner lived a life of unrelenting hardship. In addition, these were years of uncontrolled air and water pollution, dangerous factories, unhealthy housing, grueling toil, extensive political corruption, unsafe food and drugs, frequent epidemics and inferior schools.

The event is free, but donations will be accepted. It is open to anyone interested in learning more about this time in the American experience.

For more information about the society’s programs, exhibits, educational activities and publications, visit www.bethelhistorical.org. Information also may be obtained by calling 824-2908 or 800-824-2910, by sending an e-mail to info@bethelhistorical.org, or by mail at P.O. Box 12, Bethel, ME 04217.

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