Old Berwick Historical Society is hosting on online auction in lieu of its usual in-person History Games fundraiser this fall. The pandemic has forced so many non-profits to reimagine their fundraising strategies, and the local society is no exception. The auction will run from November 1st at 9am to November 8th at 8pm.
The fundraising committee at OBHS chose to offer items that relate to Maine, in celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial year. Items range from blueberry pie, to art, to household items featuring blacks bears, and many things in between. There are over 25 items to bid on. All proceeds go directly to the maintenance of the Counting House Museum and its archives, as well as to support programs and exhibits.
“We have solicited a variety of fun Maine-themed items, all donated by local businesses and community members,” says Cari Quater, executive director of the society. “We wanted to do something fun, yet practical, since times are tight for everyone. This is a great way to get some early holiday shopping done while supporting our preservation and presentation of local history.”
Sunday, October 25 & November 1, Noon
OBHS archivist Kaja Roan will twice present our annual tour of Old Fields Burying Ground, one of the oldest cemeteries in Maine. Old Fields Burying Ground is located near the corner of Vine and Brattle Streets. South Berwick’s oldest community cemetery, dating to the 1600s, it is part of the “Old Fields” area that was once the center of town. The First Church of Berwick meeting house stood nearby, and many people earned their livelihood at sawmills on the Great Works River and shipyards on the Salmon Falls River.
Limited to 10 people per tour, masks & reservations required. Please go to our website for the sign-up link, or call 207-384-0000. Tour is open to the public and is free of charge, $5 suggested donation for non-members. Comfortable shoes and long pants are recommended. LINK TO SIGNUP
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