BETHEL — The Oct. 12 program on Maine women photographers, presented by Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., concluded this year’s lecture series at the Bethel Historical Society. The last society-sponsored event of the year, “Christmas at the Mason House,” will take place from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.

The society’s Robinson House will be closed from Nov. 1 through 28,  but will be re-open on Friday, Nov. 29, for the museum shop’s annual 20 percent off sale, which will run through December (Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m). The research library and period rooms at the Mason House are open by appointment only.

The society has begun purchasing special acid-free textile containers and wrapping material in which to preserve its collection of more than 50 quilts dating from the 1850s through the 1970s.

Support for the project is being provided by the Florence Bickford Hastings Traditional Crafts Fund, established in 2011 through the family and friends of Florence Bickford Hastings (1904-2008), a talented craftswoman who was interested in the teaching, exhibition and preservation of traditional crafts.

Annual Fund gifts will help the society continue its work of collecting, preserving and interpreting the local past and can be mailed to P.O. Box 12, Bethel, ME 04217, or processed through PayPal on the society’s website at

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