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Dave Pelland on January 19th, 2011

We’re a bit late on this one, but Bethel dedicated a new statue honoring local son P.T. Barnum in September. The six-foot statue, by local artist Dave Gesualdi, stands along Greenwood Avenue outside the public library. The statue, dedicated to mark the 200th anniversary of Barnum’s 1810 birth in Bethel, depicts Barnum raising his hat […]

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Dave Pelland on April 1st, 2010

The Bethel Historical Society and sculptor David Gesualdi are celebrating the 200th anniversary of P.T. Barnum’s birth year with a new statue that will be dedicated in September. Dave Gesualdi, who was also responsible for Bethel’s Veterans’ Monument, estimates he has four to five weeks’ worth of work before the 600-pound clay sculpture that dominates […]

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Dave Pelland on November 27th, 2009

Bethel honors its World War I veterans with a local version of a notable Doughboy statue. The monument features one of two copies of a statue by sculptor E.M. Viquesney known formally as the “Spirit of the American Doughboy.” At least 138 other versions of this statue are displayed in the United States, including a […]

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Dave Pelland on November 25th, 2009

Bethel honors 14 Civil War heroes with a granite monument at the top of a hill in Center Cemetery. The monument, dedicated in 1892, was carved from a 14-foot block of solid granite and features distinctive carvings. A dedication on the front (north) face reads, “In memory of the soldiers and sailors of Bethel who […]

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