BETHEL — The Bethel Historical Society’s long-standing publication, the “Courier,” which in the past has served as a vehicle for providing members and friends with society news, historical articles, old photos and book notes, has evolved into a history journal that will appear twice per volume/calendar year.
The “Broad Street Herald,” first published in 2008 as the society’s quarterly newsletter, features events information, updates about society projects, an annual Report of Giving and news of upcoming programs and exhibits. The latest issue of the “Courier” is now at the printers and includes a feature article celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of the book “East Bethel Road,” written by society founder Eva Bean.
There is also an article describing a local place name that, through the years, has evolved into something different. There is also another installment of the transcription of Edgar Powers’ 1864 diary, which provides intriguing insights into 19th-century life during the Civil War.
Past society president Donald G. Bennett submitted a biographical essay on his grandfather, J. Howell Crosby, whose Massachusetts family eventually moved to the Sunday River Valley where his daughter, Ruth, was inspired to write her book, “I Was A Summer Boarder.” There will also be a book note on a recently published volume featuring a wide range of Maine vintage photographs.
While the “Broad Street Herald” will continue to be mailed to all members, donors and friends, the “Courier” will be sent only to current members of the society. To become a member, visit www.bethelhistorical.org.