7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
Join Peggy Konitzky, Historic New England Site Manager, for a look at life on the American home front during World War II. The talk examines how American communities dealt with the exodus of local boys and girls enlisting, the effect of blackouts, rationing and shortages on households and local businesses and the change in the role of women in society.
Son of Old Berwick
by Daniel Breen, Lecturer of Legal Studies at Brandeis University and Professor of History at Newbury College, Boston, Massachusetts
November 20, 2014 Lecture of the Old Berwick Historical Society's Speaker Series
The story of how James Sullivan came into the world is almost as interesting as his eventful career. The story goes that his father, John Sullivan, a member of one of the leading families of Munster, decided at the age of 31 to leave Ireland when his family firmly opposed his plans to marry a certain girl that he wanted to marry, leading him to decide that if he could not have his way with the blessings of his family he would simply leave and go to America. On the way he happened to meet a 9 year old girl named Margery Brown, who seemed lively and personable enough to lead John to take her on as a ward when his ship happened to land in York in the year 1723.
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