7:30 pm - (Berwick Academy)
Dr. Katherine Grandjean will discuss her recent book, American Passage, which revisits the story of early New England’s settlement through the dark, confused world of communication. In the colonial world, news was currency. But it was often unreliable. Native and English networks were tangled, and rumors repeatedly sent shivers of fear across the region. Grandjean draws on surviving letters and stories from early New England and the Piscataqua to explore the role of communication in colonization. Image courtesy Rhode Island Historical Society.
Inspired by the richness of its archeological collections and the upcoming anniversary of New England’s founding, the Old Berwick Historical Society is launching a groundbreaking exhibition:
On the far reaches of settlement in early New England, merchants, slaves, captives and outcasts vied with Native Americans and French raiders for control of a boundless forest empire beyond the Piscataqua frontier. Navigating a century of unrest, they left a chronicle of endurance and adaptation that speaks to our own longing for certainty in unsettled times.
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We welcome you to our new lunchtime series, “Digging for Your Roots,” at the Counting House Museum. The program will run weekly on Wednesdays. No signups are required. Bring a lunch (a microwave is available), and join Old Berwick Historical Society members as they help you discover ways to dig into your family’s history. Participants will watch a 30 minute DVD about a specific topic, and then volunteers will demonstrate how to use the resources in the video, and answer questions. The DVD series is made up of fifteen 30-minute classes. Free with donations gratefully accepted. READ MORE
Local pre-school teacher Maureen Demaris leads a story time for children ages 3-6 on the first Thursday of the month at the Counting House. Starts at 10 am, and lasts about an hour.
Each month will have a "Maine" theme supported by images and items from the OBHS collection. We will read stories, do activities, learn songs, have a craft, and more!
Please note that strollers must be left downstairs, as the 2nd floor is only accessible by stairs. Parents are required to stay for the story time.
The story times are planned through May 2017.
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