BETHEL — The Bethel Historical Society will host the Faye Taylor Art Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25,  in the exhibit hall of the Dr. Moses Mason House.

The annual art show features the work of students in grades one to five in SAD 44. The theme for 2013 is “The Old, Historic House,” in honor of the 200th anniversary of the society’s Dr. Moses Mason House, which was begun in 1813.

Each student who enters the show should submit a finished art work in any medium (crayon, oils, tempera, watercolors, chalk) no larger than 12 by 18 inches. Entries must be at the O’Neil Robinson House, 10 Broad St., next door to the Bethel Library, by 3 p.m. Friday, May 24, in order to be considered for a cash prize, ribbon or certificate of commendation.

Entries will be on display at the Mason House the next day.

The Bethel Historical Society’s annual fundraising sale of “treasures” donated by members and friends, the St. Nevers Day Sale, will be held on May 25, as well. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. under tents set up on the side lawn of the Hastings Homestead, corner of Mason and Broad streets.

Friday, May 17, will be the last day to view the exhibit, “Treasures Concealed & Now Revealed,” on view at the O’Neil Robinson House. The society’s on-going effort to re-examine, refine and recatalog the thousands of objects, documents, photographs and books in its custody has revealed some unexpected discoveries.

Demonstrating the breadth and depth of the society’s museum, library and archival holdings, the display features seldom- or never-before displayed items that have been collected and preserved by the society since its formation in 1966.

Hidden away for decades, they not only assist in an understanding of the local and regional past, but reveal much about the collecting habits of the Bethel Historical Society over the past half-century.

The society’s newest exhibit, “In the Field & on the Homefront: Bethel during the Civil War,” will open at the Robinson House on Tuesday, May 28.

Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the exhibition is the Bethel Historical Society’s contribution to the “Maine Civil War Trail” project.

Using rarely seen artifacts and images from the society’s permanent collection, the exhibit explores the effects of the Civil War on Bethel.

The Robinson House is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays during July and August.


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