6:30 pm (Counting House)
Come celebrate the opening of our new exhibit, Forgotten Frontier: Untold Stories of the Piscataqua. Join us for an evening featuring cakes, ale and an original performance of period song. John Kemp and Kathleen Curtin, formerly of Plimoth Plantation, will survey the place of music in the lives of English colonists, from sacred psalms to popular tavern tunes. Kemp assumes the role of Deacon Samuel Fuller to demonstrate a “simpling” of songs familiar to early English arrivals in the Piscataqua. For OBHS members; new members are welcome.
Local Author Paula Bennett will be discussing her recently published book, “Imagining Ichabod: My Journey into 18th Century America through History, Food, and a Georgian House,” at the Counting House Museum in South Berwick.
The book, priced at $30, is hardcover with 60 full-color photographs and 25 adapted historic recipes. ORDER THE BOOK.
Bennett will share her story about how she and her husband, Harvey, came to own the Goodwin House, located in what is called the Old Fields part of South Berwick. They wanted to imagine, and to live to some extent, what daily life was like for the Goodwins in the 1700’s. They researched and explored the diet, décor, and activities of the early colonial times.
Inspired by the richness of its archaeological collections and the approaching anniversary of New England’s founding, the Old Berwick Historical Society is launching a groundbreaking exhibition that recasts the founding story of this region. On Saturday, June 3 from noon to 4:00 pm, the public is welcome to an afternoon of special historic craft demonstrations.
Forgotten Frontier: Untold Stories of the Piscataqua explores the turbulent century of the 1600s through the lives of eight diverse characters vying for control of the landscape and their destiny on the far reaches of settlement in New England. The exhibit brings to light long-buried clues about our regional identity—our origins in diversity and our resilience in adversity.
Encounters between four divergent cultures who occupied this region—Native American, African American, French and English—are the heart of the story. The exhibit recounts the dramatic conflicts that characterized this period, as well as attempts to negotiate and compromise represented in peace treaties, the redemption of captives, and the release of slaves.
The exhibit will feature objects excavated from local archaeological sites as well as loan objects from throughout the region, some displayed for the first time.
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