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Bethel History


Treasures of Connecticut Libraries

Treasures of Connecticut Libraries is a collection of items from libraries across Connecticut that has been digitized. The collection includes historical photographs, maps, postcards and more. Documents from the Bethel Library’s collection include the Town of Bethel’s Sesquicentennial Commemorative booklet. Up to 100 items from the Library’s collection will be posted over time and will include excerpts from the Historic Architectural Survey of the Village of Bethel produced in 1986 by the Bethel Historical Society and CT Historical Commission; Maria Parloa’s book Camp Cookery, plus excerpts from her longer books; photographs and articles on Parloa and the Seelye family; and the library history book written by the director. Other items to be submitted include centennial documents, postcards, photographs and other materials from the local history collection. To access the Bethel Collection: Once on the homepage, select the drop down menu from “participating towns”, then choose Bethel.


Connecticut Digital Collections

CDCButtonBlizzard_smThis database provides acces to four digital collections: Connecticut State Library Digital Collections, Connecticut History Online, Newspapers of Connecticut , and Treasures of Conncticut Libraries.



 Connecticut is a project developed by Connecticut Humanities and and includes stories about the people, traditions, innovations, and events that make up the rich history of the Nutmeg State.